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Name: Human safety
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 14 February 2020

My 36 years as mechanical employee , I went to protests and we tried to
educate the public how dangerous it would be to public safety if the rr
took the caboose off the train. They had accidents tail end cars getting
hit sitting in siding. The first sbu or eot or Fred weighed  a ton with
all those batteries. And on the road batteries died from cold or
sitting. They did not care how far an employee had to carry them. The
terminal I worked in was right in the middle of the city. Trespassing
people got killed or maimed cutting across trains, and you found these
people mangled screaming or dead.  Did the company put a fence up
around the yard not a chance even after five year old was killed. No
the rr did there legal requirements they put up no trespassing signs.
And had company cop drive around the yard. The companies position is
not to baby sit the public it was to move product. And when  most
people end up getting elected to office they are most likely lay people
like the rest of us. But when they leave office they are most likely
millionaires, the word is kick backs. Donít expect the rr to do
anything more than post a sign no trespassing, until they are forced to
protect the public which would cost millions. Buying political people a
lot cheaper. And I donít see that changing anytime soon. So removing a
employee from the train , still leaves a person monitor with all his
computer equipment to run the train on private property. And you will
be sued for trespassing and causing damage to rr equipment

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Name: 
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Employed as: APE, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

I want each and every one of US to force CSX to fire corrupt executives
and fix its culture,   And I donít care what it takes!!!!!!!!!


Letís all put our money together and buy a seat on the board of
directors!!!!!!

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Name: HR 1748 Safe Freight act
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

1. Protect the TWO MAN CREW BILL (HR 1748 Safe Freight Act) Itís about
public safety and jobs. 
2. Go to SMART-UNION.org/td 
Click on the Red button support two person crews on the right side of
division home page. 
2.  Enter contact info ( this is needed to direct the email to your
member of congress. 
3. Click Send. The pre-drafted my essage will be sent directly to your
member of congress. 
4. This effects railroad retirement, retired railroaders, current
railroaders thereís even a spot for the general public to make there
voice be heard. Please take action there is 175,000 conductors and
59,000 engineers that need this support not to mention public safety at
risk. 
5. safety of the crews and the public must come first!



 You have all got this wrong when it come to 2 man crew verses one man
crew. The airlines have had autopilot for years but still have two and
3 people in the cockpit. If Boeing has taught us anything technology
fails. Itís all the workers do is worry about losing jobs.† Its common
sense thousands of railroad workers will lose their jobs if all the
railroads are allowed to go to 1 man crews. That's an issue you need
to take up with Politicians !† They claims they are creating jobs then
let him do something
about people keeping the ones they have!
This is about safety. This is about saving lives. Not just crew lives
but the American people as well. Donít forget about the rule-making
process that was invoked by then-FRA Administrator Joseph C. Szabo
after an unattended 74-car freight train carrying crude oil ran
downhill and crashed in the Canadian town of Lac-Mťgantic, killing 49
people in 2013 that had just one man on the train! Hunter Harrison said
on the record those extra set of eyes in the cab are valuable. PTC will
not detect track issues or mechanical issues like bad order cars or
prevent crossing accidents. Our rules change daily so if an engineer or
conductor takes a day off or vacation who will job brief with each other
on any newly updated rules that change. How about filling out an EC-1 as
the train moves along the tracks or stop and flag a railroad crossing
when they have an activation failure with the public crossing gates. We
are suppose to job brief to make smart decisions taking the safer
course. So if engineers are busy pushing buttons on a screen and
reading train orders his eyes are in the cab. If they remove the
conductor, it would be counterintuitive. So in my opinion one safety
system cancels out the other. Now with ptc and full crew in the cab
increases the safety of of train movement. Just plain old common
sense.
Railroads preach safety every single day.
Its in their rule books and in their advertising. Its 24 hour a day
safety...safety....safety. Well let them put their money where their
mouths are. Pay for safety. Keep 2 men in the cab.
Just like GM shutting down 5 plants putting 15,000 people out of work
and pay there CEO 22 million. CSX on the other hand lost 41% of the
business once Hunter Harrison took over cutting out almost half the
work force from 27,893 people down to 15,362 people system wide and
they paid him 385 million only to pass away 8 months later!
With everything going automated from self check out lanes to
manufacturing does anyone profit except share holders and CEOs!!!! The
public has no idea what we deal with. Tell your neighbors about how
many cars we hit and people are killed every year when they are hit by
trains. Explain to them how the engineer is in the cab calling the
dispatcher and getting 911 called. He is taking care of anything that
may be wrong with the locomotive. He stays with the train. Tell them
how the conductor gets down and rushes to the vehicle to see if he can
possibly save a life. Maybe a baby is in the car and needs to be
helped
or maybe the parents can be removed and need CPR. Maybe he can comfort
someone who is dying or in shock or screaming because they are
severely
injured . Tell them about how we hit live stock and large deer. Tell
them how people love to put junk on the tracks. Shopping carts,
bicycles, steel barrows, wheelchairs and even abandoned cars. A two
person crew saved a childís life wondering around on the tracks in
Minnesota near midnight Saturday, Feb. 1,  2020. PTC didnít help them.
Tell them about how many trees we hit a year and do extensive damage to
the
locomotive. The engineer stays with the locomotives and assess the
damage and does what is necessary to radio dispatchers for help while
the conductors gets down and removes debris and check the rest of the
train for any damage or signs of derailment. Tell them about the
territory that is in the middle of TIM BUCK TWO!† The places where no
one can get to you fast unless you have a helicopter. How will they go
bathroom now without two people to keep the train going down the tracks
unless they have to stop not blocking crossings or take lunch. Tell them
how radios don't always work in remote locations. Telemetry drops out
and communication is lost. How many times does a conductor have to go
back
and trouble shoot another locomotive after alarms are going off. The
engineer
keeps the train rolling the best he can while the conductor checks the
computers and checks to see if it is loading, traction motor faults or
any other issue that may arise. Tell them about the blind curves that
only one crew member can see around when your approaching
public crossings or trees that block signals so that only one crew
member can see them until you get the train right on top of them. Tell
them about wash outs from floods, and heat warped rail and fog so thick
you cant see a foot in front of you. SO WHAT IF YOU GOT PTC!!† PTC does
not tell you if a car in stopped on the tracks or a tree is across it
or a person is walking in the tracks or there is 5 inches of water over
the rail! Tell them how crew members have been attacked and some have
even been killed by gang thugs and trespassers. A single man has no
chance in† these situations. It is better to have someone else with you
to keep watch when working in bad areas and ghetto rail yards. The list
goes on and on. Tell them how the company took away the right of the
crew members to take a power nap. One crew member is supposed to call
stopped every 15 minutes while they are waiting on line of road. As
long as someone is awake and doing this and paying attention there is
no reason on god green earth while a tired crew member cant take a 20
minute power nap. Tell them how crews are run into the ground and some
are called out every 10 hours around the clock. They work all hours of
the day and night and most have no weekends off. The company wont even
let them have a power nap. What is going to happen when there is only 1
man on the train by himself and he is just plain worn out or is sick and
afraid to take a day off because of the companies new attendance policy
which is just absolutely insane. People come to work sick all the time.
Vomiting, diarrhea, fevers and the flu doesn't stop them because they
are in fear of losing their jobs. How is a sick man who is all by
himself going to be able to make a full run safely and without risking
his life or the publics when he doesn't have his other crew member to
help keep him alert. The engineer has many roles and duties as well as
the conductor. There are times when something happens that it is a
must
for an engineer to be on board and ready to take instructions while the
conductor handles the rest of the responsibilities.† There are so many
things that go into railroading and running trains that the public
doesn't know a thing about.†
THIS ONE MAN CREW IDEA IS THE MOST UNSAFE AND IRRESPONSIBLE IDEA that
has ever been brought forward in the history of the railroad
industry.†
And for what? To save a dollar. To line someone's pockets. To make
someone rich. Who care who gets killed. If you think crossings are
blocked now imagine if there was only one man and had to wait on
someone to cut a crossing!Who care about the destruction to family
lives. I don't know about you but I sure do and so should every person
in America!
Also if you havenít seen it check out these two YouTube videos. 
https://youtu.be/atfY4tiyMz8

https://youtu.be/PoJ1MYWsJ5Q

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Name: HR 1748 safe freight act 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

February 14 ó As we begin 2020, the month of January gives us a chance
to look back at the year gone by and to set our sights on the year
ahead.

In January 2019, members of our current BLET Advisory Board pledged
their oath of office and were sworn in. These fine Brothers are all a
part of a strong and united Advisory Board, and I am confident that
they will represent our membership to the best of their ability.

I am also proud to reflect on a major milestone achieved by our
Education and Training Department in 2019. As usual, we hosted numerous
training classes for Local Chairmen, Secretary-Treasurers and
Legislative Representatives ó both at our Training Center at National
Headquarters in Cleveland and also on the road in Washington, D.C., and
other locations. What made 2019 so special was the launch of our
highly-anticipated online officer video training program, which made
its debut on February 6, 2019. This was an important step in providing
better educational opportunities for our members, especially those
willing to become officers. And, while the online classes will not
replace the actual classroom training courses that we offer, they will
serve as an enhancement by giving our newly elected officers in the
field the opportunity to get started on the right foot. In 2019, we
were able to continue and expand upon our long-standing tradition of
providing the best education and training opportunities anywhere in
organized labor, with the goal of having the best trained and educated
union membership in the United States.

In 2019, BLET also teamed up again with our Brothers and Sisters in the
SMART Transportation Division to lobby for crew size bills at the
federal and state levels. These bills would require that two certified
crew members operate freight trains in the U.S. In the U.S. House of
Representatives, the Safe Freight Act (H.R. 1748) was introduced in
late March, while in the U.S. Senate, a companion bill was introduced
in June. The BLET has led the fight for railroad safety since 1863, and
two-person crews make for safer, more efficient train operations. We
will continue to publicly push for legislation requiring two-person
crews in 2020, because we need the general public to know that
two-person crews play a key role in safeguarding our nationís
communities.

At the state level, we enjoyed success with two-person crew bills
passing in Nevada, Colorado and Illinois. Iím proud to offer my thanks
to Nevada State Legislative Board Chairman (SLBC) Matt Parker, Colorado
SLBC Paul Pearson, and Illinois SLBC Paul Piekarski. We came close in a
number of other states, and the work will continue in 2020. We will
continue to encourage other state governments to follow the examples
set by these three states.

Unfortunately, the news was not all good in 2019. In May, the Federal
Railroad Administration reduced the prospects for a safer railroad
industry by withdrawing a 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking that would
have established a minimum train crew size for most rail freight
operations in the United States. This was not surprising, as we all
know the Administrator of the FRA is the former CEO of Conrail. But it
was shocking that FRA would denigrate the reliability of a vast factual
record supporting two-person crews and would give short shrift to the
lessons of the 2013 Lac-Megantic tragedy and the oil train derailment
in Casselton, North Dakota (and subsequent explosion and fire) in the
crew size debate. As part of its withdrawal of the proposed rule, FRA
also declared its intention to negatively preempt all state laws
governing crew size. This combined effort by FRA was obviously a key
part of the Carriersí effort to prevent any form of regulation or
legislation that mandates a minimum crew size. 

You can rest assured that BLET did not allow this act by FRA to go
unchallenged. In fact, in July, BLET and SMART-TD jointly filed a
petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
challenging FRAís authority to preempt State laws when there is no
Federal law. The States of California, Washington, and Nevada filed
their own petitions, joining in the challenge to the FRA action. Rest
assured that BLET and SMART-TD will continue to work together to fight
all of the actions by the current administration to undermine the
safety of two-person crews.

In fact, on the heels of the FRA announcement, the Indiana Rail Road,
the Association of American Railroads, and the American Short Line and
Regional Railroad Association (the Carriersí own lobbying groups) filed
suit in Illinois attempting to overturn that Stateís crew size law,
relying on FRAís attempt at negative preemption. BLET and SMART-TD once
again joined forces to defend the Illinois law, and as this message goes
to print, the Illinois State AFL-CIO has joined us in this fight. 

I share this information to make it clear to BLETís membership that our
proud Union stands with our Brothers and Sisters in SMARTís
Transportation Division in the fight to preserve two-person crews. Be
it on the regulatory front, the legislative front, in court or at the
bargaining table, BLET is working with SMART-TD to protect the
interests of all operating employees.

This does not mean that there will not be those who will try to divide
our two Unions. In fact, in recent weeks, certain Carriers have
misrepresented conversations with one of our two Unions in an effort to
provoke a dispute between us. All things considered, acts like this by
Rail Carriers should not surprise us; they have used divide-and-conquer
tactics between us for decades. I must honestly say that now is not the
time for the members and officers of either Union to take the so-called
bait being thrown out by the Carriers. Their actions, whether it be
through FRA, or through their attempts in court to undo Crew Consist
moratoriums, should make it clear that they will stop at nothing in
their quest to reduce crew size. 

The bottom line is this: in order to preserve two-person crews, each
Union must protect and preserve its member of those crews. With only a
few exceptions, BLET cannot bargain nationally for Conductors. The same
is true in reverse; with only a few exceptions, SMART-TD cannot bargain
nationally for Engineers. For these reasons, and regardless of the
fearmongering going on, BLET cannot ďsellĒ Conductor positions to
benefit Engineers in national negotiations, and the same in true in
reverse for SMART-TD. Again, each Union must protect its half of our
two-person crews for all operating employees to prevail.

The ďcrack in the armorĒ of this process that Carriers rely on is the
fact that neither Union has agreement language in place that allows its
members to refuse to go if a crew member represented by another Union is
somehow eliminated. Engineers on BNSF found that out many years ago when
UTU lost its single ground position on Helper service; they were
required to work alone without a ground crew. UTU Switchmen found that
out when Engineers were removed from yard service as part of RCO
implementation; they were required to work without an engine crew.
Bringing it full circle to todayís dispute, neither of these facts
means that any operating crew member wants to work alone in freight
service. 

Our challenge now is to ensure that all operating employees understand
exactly what the ground rules are as we move forward. Once they do, I
am certain that they will agree with me that our two Unions are far
better off working together than we are being divided. 

To that end, the National Division took formal steps to initiate the
next round of national contract negotiations late in 2019. The BLET
served Section 6 notices in November 2019 and will begin negotiations
in early 2020. On November 1, I joined nine other Rail Chiefs in
announcing that our unions would be bargaining together as the
Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC). Jointly, our 10 unions
represent more than 105,000 railroad workers covered by our various
national agreements, and we comprise over 80 percent of the workforce
who will be impacted by this round of negotiations.

Our Coalition is founded on two key values that we all share. One is
that we understand the importance of each Unionís autonomy to pursue
membership-specific goals within a framework of broad solidarity to
defend and improve the wages, benefits and working conditions of our
members. The other is that we will spare no effort to defeat the attack
by the railroads on the very foundation of our membersí economic
security.

Looking ahead, our Brotherhood will have a full plate in 2020 with much
of our collective effort focused on national contract negotiations. Our
economic issues and safety issues are common issues to all BLET members
ó regardless of political affiliation ó and our fight to protect those
interests form the foundation of our Brotherhood. As Union members, we
have much more in common than we often realize, and our goal moving
forward is to further unite our Brotherhood to make for an even
stronger Union. Please join me as we move ahead together in the New
Year.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Conductor, for 10-20 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

Just rough estimate, but it would take 10,000 of us spending about
$400,000 each to be able to swing the board.  Good luck with that.  The
reality is that our days in this industry are numbered.  Your money
would be better spent improving yourself for a new career.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

I want each and every one of US to force CSX to fire corrupt executives
and fix its culture,   And I donít care what it takes!!!!!!!!!


Letís all put our money together and buy a seat on the board of
directors!!!!!!

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Name: Touched in head
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 14 February 2020

If you think the rr want to go to one man crews because of a few lazy
conductors your nuts. It is technical changes in the industry. A person
flys drones from an at atco trailer in Nevada. And takes targets out
across the world. The technology is here now that they donít need
anyone in the cab. They could run all these trains from a single
control centre. And they would have mechanical department dispatched to
a train in distress. I have been in mechanical dept. 36 years and have
seen many many changes over the years. Which put people out of a
job,never say never, people said we are secure in our jobs. Then some
new technology comes along takes more people out a job. The rr new ten
years ago what they where going to do in the future. They slowly
introduce these new technology, because it is a less shocking to
everyone. Believe me they have it all planned out on what the future
will look like on the rr. Most plane train and other major disasters
where from human mistakes made. AI is going to be a big game changer in
the transportation industry.

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Name: 
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 14 February 2020

None of y'all have not given one bit of thought to the biggest fallout
of one man crews.  

If, and most likely when, it happens there will be far fewer paying in
to RR retirement.   Right now employees are paying the maximum Tier 2
allowed at 4.9% and employeers are at 13.1% (max of 22.1%).  The
railroads will begin to pay more and probably the maximum but it will
stil not be enough to cover all current and future retirees.  Of course
there will be far fewer who will draw full retirement because there will
be fewer employees.

To make up for the lose you will see the 60/30 disappear fairly
quickly.  It will initially go back to the old 62/30 and eventually to
65 (and no years of service) and then to your normal Social Security
retirement age.

This is inevitable and the unions can't stop it since RR retirement is
not negotiated.  I for one will not work alone although it's like
working alone many days given the number of conductors who sleep an
entire trip.  Many conductors have made themselves redundant because of
their work ethic and now they complain.  Unfortunately the good
conductors will once again suffer because of the bad.

See a pattern here.  All the rules we have are because of the 5% who
come to work and complain all day.  My first union rep told me over 30
years ago that he spends 95% of his time on the same 5% of the members.
 That ratio continues to this day and they are the ones who have made
the good employees suffer.

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Name: friend
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Employed as: Friend or family of employee, for 20-30 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

WEBMASTER


Can you please do something about this localCmen loser. He is really a
waste of space on this site and brings nothing of value. I believe he
has a mental disability and it is not healthy for him to sit in his
basement obsessing with posting on this site. The best thing would be
to cut him off so he can go through his with drawl and move on to a
more stable mind set in life. You are enabling him by allowing him to
continue his post.


Good luck to all the railroad employees on their endeavor to keep 2 men
on the trains.  The derailment video was painful to watch and I cant
even Imagine one man being on the locomotive in the river by himself
with no other support there. This was devastating and I wouldn't be
the least surprised if neither crew came back. There is no guarantee
this wont happen again in that area or another area for that fact. But
from what Im hearing, they would consider it a better loss of $$$$$$$
if only one man had died in this accident instead of 2.

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Name: localCmen
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 14 February 2020

itbe  fryday agin i be oft da unoin buisnes al wek takin car of da unoin
buisnes  i be markin up afta by locul ison dutie deen i be oft on my oft
days itin life be good to a botroher

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Name: Derailment
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 February 2020

How many insurance companies have denied a claim, saying it was an act
of god. A land slide from unstable ground from rain is that an act of
god? Or just what nature does when water and soil on a grade meet. 
Under the streets or railroad tracks if a sink hole developed and over
time caves in and life is lost, whoís fault is it. Should a sizemec
team be testing the ground around railroad tracks.  There is always
going to be that what if!

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Name: ape
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Employed as: APE, for 30+ years
Posted: 13 February 2020

Derailment

How about you tell those guessing clowns that figure the law of
averages to stick it up their uncaring know it all as...es!
Mother nature is unpredictable and the climate is ever changing. They
can pretend to know it all with their little facts and figures but they
are doing nothing but gambling with the life of ever railroader out
there. this is no better than manslaughter. How many industries have
you seen taken to the mat and having to dish out millions in law suits
after they were exposed for knowing their products or services were
dangerous to the employees or the public. And this is after innocent
people have died! The railroads are no different. As a stockholder in
this company I will loudly voice my opinion that the almighty dollar
and stock price does not ride priority over the safety of the workers
or the public.

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Name: Josh Scare
E-mail: josh.scare75@gmail.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 February 2020

Hello All, 

Let me start by saying these reads are great and offer a lot of
opinions and insight into the industry. 

I am trying to obtain the hotel contract for the ohio land area and
was
told most of the decision makers are the union reps that determine the

hotel that CSX conductors will be staying at for the mandatory rest.
Is
there anyone that can help direct me in the right direction? Thank you
Josh.Scare75@gmail.com

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Name: Josh Scare
E-mail: josh.scare75@gmail.com
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 February 2020

Hello All, 

Let me start by saying these reads are great and offer a lot of
opinions and insight into the industry. 

I am trying to obtain the hotel contract for the ohio land area and was
told most of the decision makers are the union reps that determine the 
hotel that CSX conductors will be staying at for the mandatory rest. Is
there anyone that can help direct me in the right direction? Thank you
Josh.Scare@gmail.com

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Name: Derailments
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 February 2020

At the rr I work at we have access to derailment estimators on work
computers.  They go by law of averages, and other factors. So all these
derailments are expected , just like a bank knowing people will default
on paying loans back. So one man two man , is irrelevant in there eyes.
And if there is a loss of life that is also calculated. Itís all about
the money.

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Name: loco
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Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 20-30 years
Posted: 13 February 2020

Brothers


Two csx brothers survived derailment in Pike Cty KY this morning after
and ethanol train derailed and rolled into a river. It was determined
there was a mudslide on the track.  They were rescued as the train was
burning. Just think what could have happened here if there was just one
man on that train and there was no one there to help him.  Maybe both
would have got hurt, Maybe not but it is better to have 2 men on these
trains to up the chance of someone being there to help each other. 
They cant blame this one on the crew and the PTC and TO couldn't help
with this one bit.  Thank god they are both okay. This accident needs
to be plastered all over every single internet outlet out there. Let
the public see and hear what we deal with everyday we are out on the
rails.  Anything can happen.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Engine repair, for 1-10 years
Posted: 13 February 2020

https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Train-derailment-shuts-down-US-460-hazardous-material-possibly-involved-567832701.html

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 13 February 2020

Ethanol train derailed in a rockslide.  Happened in Kentucky.  Crew is
ok per news report.

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 10-20 years
Posted: 13 February 2020

Anyone know the details??



https://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/headline.asp?id=61493

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Name: 
E-mail: 
Employed as: Conductor, for 20-30 years
Posted: 13 February 2020

This is NOT good!!!!

https://mailchi.mp/22ee18e1774e/nrlc-newsfreight-railroads-launch-new-bargaining-round-with-labor-unions-1266185?e=08d7baa481

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