This was in the inbox from my buddy, Shane. He is the Roadmaster on the BNSF Devils Lake Subdivision in North Dakota. Dumped a lot of rock with Shane.
It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, Kansas, when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina.
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.
A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train
and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules
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!
‘REMEMBER, RULES IS RULES!’
(Don’t ever let common sense get in the way of a good Disaster! )