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  •  As a former RR employee I totally agree (5+ / 0-)
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    with wasabi's assessment. Air brakes on RR cars are designed to be fail-proof. If air pressure is lost to the system all brakes are supposed to engage. That system invention is what made Geo. Westinghouse his fortune. Unless ALL air pressure is bled from the system on each individual car a stopped train with engine(s) connected and air hoses coupled should stay where the crew wants it to.
    A safeguard would be to add 5 handbrakes on the low (downhill) end of the train. But with modern railroads downsizing crews (no more cabooses, etc) it's entirely possible the crew (one man?) didn't perform the final handbrake application.
    Nothing against him/her personally, I know he was tired and his hours of service were about to expire. I guess my question is, at what cost to the company is safety? They talk a great game to employees but it really comes down to if we (employees) wanted to bring the RR's to a standstill all we had to do would be to work by their own rule book, designed to absolve themselves (company) of any responsibility.

    OK, rant off...    

    ~~~~~~_/)~~~~~~...ready about...helm's alee...

    by sailboatslave on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:17:18 AM PDT

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