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Safety regulator says hazardous decision after train cars derailed in Ohio was not necessary: 'There was another option'

https://www.thecooldown.com/green-business/train-derailment-ohio-controlled-burn-ntsb/

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All to squeeze another nickel for corporate profits.

The guys on the tracks and in the trains are good people. The minute you take a step up the ladder, the incompetence wreaks. And gets worse as we head up the ladder. Then we get into government oversight or should we say undersight.

Y'all make me ill. 200 years plus of trains and this shit still happens.

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Apr 10, 2023·edited Apr 10, 2023Author

If you include me in "Y'all make me ill" that is fine as this is a free speech zone. However, in response, all forms of transportation have risks. We lose upward of 40,000 a year in highway accidents. To repeat from my essay: ".... I am concerned about crony capitalism and its potential impact on rail safety." And as also indicted in my essay, we should work to do a better job.

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Consider the deep dive into how the railway system works. It obviously does not work. You point out it may lack be manpower. Caboose, no caboose. A 2 mile long train considering speed, inertia, manpower, engines etc etc. relies on manpower, equipment, electronics, tracks and any one of these could break, fail at any time causing crashes.

There are no accidents only human or machine error.

Some thanked you for the incredible amount of information you shared. It was incredible. Incredible to me that intelligent people believe that something so massive can be controlled on a consistent basis.

One sensor failed on this train out of how many sensors that were supposed to be checked? And what happened?

They weren't hauling inert matter.

And the point that is incredible is that we just plop these cars together as if they were nothing. Oops, we slap a hazardous waste sticker on it.

So no real emphasis on Material type, other than a sign.

Burning the waste? I dont believe the response was correct at all.. I think someone panicked. And I think some mental midget jumped the gun. We know most people get promoted to their level of incompetence. This speaks to decisions to burn the waste and type of waste it is. I won't bother to post the MSDS sheet where it explicitly states, "do not burn."

All of these accidents wreak of corporate irresponsibility. Laziness and commitment to corporate profits.

Safety takes time. That cuts into profits. But wait. There is another way. If the railroad held themselves accountable, they would simply install methods where this would never happen. And charge the customer for it.

Top to bottom this is where government oversight has to be. Ensuring the safety of our lives and our environment.

What makes me ill, is that people believe railroads are doing the best they can. We know this is entire propaganda. They look at the mathematical odds, knowing full well that they lose a few. What was the original payout offer? 100 bucks?

Thank you for responding.

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Frederick, thanks for an authoritative explanation of the way railroading works and what happened in East Palestine. A great change of pace.

Happy Easter to you and your family

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Apr 8, 2023·edited Apr 8, 2023Author

U.S. regulators say railroads must examine how they build trains https://www.marketwatch.com/story/u-s-regulators-say-railroads-must-examine-how-they-build-trains-80119dcb

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Apr 6, 2023·edited Apr 6, 2023Liked by Frederick R Smith

I've got to say, I really appreciate your telling of how trains are operated and the controls. I find it fascinating. I think it was my Great Grandfather, worked for the railroad, I don't know which company, in the late 1800s. Maybe that's why I like trains.

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Bandit - thanks for the accolades! Your encouragement just might result in even more train talk!

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🤗

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Edward - your kind words are greatly appreciated!

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