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  •  An admirer of Burkhardt's managment writes... (5+ / 0-)

    In a profile of Burkhardt posted on an Ayn Randian objectivist web site (regarding the approach at a different company he acquired in '87)

    Their average crew size on a freight train, 2.2 persons, better reflected actual manpower needs than the 4.8 average on the old Late States and Soo Lines.  Craft distinctions were erased and employees were cross-trained in various skills, which served to minimize seasonal layoffs.  Unlike the unionized pay scale, which was based on a miles/time formula, with dozens of penalty payments, all Wisconsin Central employees were salaried.

    And this derailment is not his first rodeo.
    In '96  and '97

    A train from Edward Burkhardt's Wisconsin Central Railroad loaded with liquid petroleum gas and propane derailed in Weyauwega, Wis., forcing evacuation of 3,000 residents and setting off a fire that burned for two weeks, according to news accounts from the time.

    The National Transportation Safety Board blamed the accident on a broken switch and improper maintenance. The derailment cost the railroad and its insurance companies more than $26 million, according to an Aug. 9, 1997, article in the Journal Sentinel.

    Two people died when a Wisconsin Central train derailed near a Fond du Lac factory in a 1997 accident. No one died in the Weyauwega crash or its aftermath.

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    by Catte Nappe on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 01:29:13 PM PDT

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