Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rules are Rules. Do not let common sense stand in the way of a good disaster.

Rules are Rules.   Do not let common sense  stand in the way of a good disaster.

From:  Billibob

Subject: rules are rules.
Good news:
It was a normal day in Sharon Springs , Kansas , when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Michigan.

Bad news:
Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.

Good news:
A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train, and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules

Bad news:
The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain this to Union Pacific higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train!

They were informed that rules prohibited moving the train when a part was found to be defective!

(Don't ever let common sense get in the way of a good disaster! )


From: James DeMeo
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:08 PM
To: Billibob

Thanks Billibob,

I needed that semi-humorous relief.

But who got fired?  The train conductor or the higher-up?



From: Billibob

Smiles, the train conductor of course.

All is well with the Orgone Box seems to enhance all other treatments.


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