Article 32 of 6573 articles posted under "Asleep At The Wheel"


Name: inspector
Employed as: Employed in other capacity, for 20-30 years
Posted: 28 November 2017

NON Other

192 cars is nothing anymore. I have seen trains with well over 220 cars
several times. Trains with 200 or more cars is going to be the norm with
this company as long as HH is in charge. He wants to put several blocks
of cars on a train and move as much freight at one time as he can.
The FRA is well aware that these trains have problems with
communicating with the EOT and drop in valleys and in tunnels and in
bad weather. They couldn't care less if you are unable to dump the
train from the rear if this happens. Their rule that states a train
must reduce to 30 mph if you lose communication with the EOT is just a
joke. Does it really matter if your going 30 or 50 when you are hauling
poisonous toxic material or molten sulfur and you derail and cant
communicate. Its just a band aid that does nothing but look like they
are attempting to run the train safely. Run your car off the side of
the road at 30 mph and see how well you control it. Now picture having
9000-15,000 tons of cars behind it. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to
figure out the outcome.

For those in the public who do not know what an EOT(end of train)device
is, it's a device that is mounted on the end of the train and tells the
engineer how much air pressure he has at the end of the train and if he
has the ability to apply the proper air pressure to his brakes to stop
the train. If there is an emergency that warrants stopping the train
immediately the engineer can "DUMP" the air at the end of the train
and set the brakes up from the rear. It is controlled by radio
communication and is linked to a device on the lead locomotive. This
device is called an HTD(head of train). If communication is lost
between the two devices it can be detrimental. The longer the train the
better the chances the two devices can not communicate with each other.
Not only are longer trains more dangerous for communication but they
also create a problem of being too long in populated areas and if the
train is stopped there is a good chance the train will be blocking road
crossing and hampering emergency personnel from getting through to save
someone's life. It also causes a time problem for conductors if
something does go wrong with the train. The farther the conductor has
to walk to inspect the train for the problem the longer it takes the
crew to get the train moving and out of the way. These longer trains
are just a cost cutting methods to reduce two trains into one and save
using two crews and more locomotives to move the freight. It is obvious
that cost cutting is a higher priority than safety and protecting the
public from catastrophe. CSX is worth millions and their pocket books
are full. Fines from the FRA and local authorities are just pocket
change to them. Its a well know fact that fines are not paid to the
local authorities for blocking crossing beyond the allotted times set
forth by state law. Their argument is that the railroads were there
first and have the right of way. It is a shame that the arrogant
attitude is allowed to continue and the state representative haven't
taken a stance against this kind of behavior. Every rule that is
created on the railroad usually takes place after there is a major
accident or blood is spilled. How many trains do you think are running
in your neighborhood that are not equipped to safely stop in case of an
emergency?  More than you think! Lesson 101 for the public today!

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