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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-9 9:13 AM 
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ABC News:

Federal regulators are looking into a previously unreported incident involving Norfolk Southern potentially mishandling a conductor's concern on a train carrying hazardous material just weeks after a similar defect precipitated the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

According to a complaint obtained by ABC News, on the morning of Feb. 27, a Norfolk Southern train was lurching through Stoneville, North Carolina, when a safety official manning a hot-box detector desk in Atlanta radioed the crew to alert them that car number 32 was "trending hot," but not hot enough to trigger an alarm, and that the nearly two-mile train should proceed.

The conductor of the train checked his manifest and made a startling discovery: Car 32 was carrying ethanol, and five cars away, another was carrying propane. Both were labeled as "dangerous" on the train's manifest, according to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Railroad Administration.

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From: ReallyAgainMar-11 1:42 AM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 9) 
 130442.2 in reply to 130442.1 

How much time elapses between "trending hot" and 'China syndrome'?



From: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-11 1:47 PM 
To: ReallyAgain  (3 of 9) 
 130442.3 in reply to 130442.2 

From my personal knowledge when I worked with the railroad, not long.  Once the bearings go bad, the situation spirals and you go from a little warm to sparks and flames in just a few minutes.


From: ReallyAgainMar-12 1:37 AM 
To: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 9) 
 130442.4 in reply to 130442.3 

I could quite imagine. Huge forces in play.


From: Marypickford DelphiPlus Member IconMar-16 2:44 PM 
To: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 9) 
 130442.5 in reply to 130442.3 

Wow- you've had some kind of career! I'd like to hear about it sometime.


From: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-16 3:01 PM 
To: ReallyAgain  (6 of 9) 
 130442.6 in reply to 130442.4 

It was actually pretty dull.  I sat in this little shed and watched a board that lit up when a train was detected.  As it got closer, I would manually lower the crossing gates - because it was 1971, and because it was right next to a switch yard where trains were moving on and off the tracks constantly - and then put them back up after they passed.

Pretty crap job, too.  You had to just sit there the entire time.  No TV, no radio, no nothing.  And if you had to poop, you laid out a newspaper on the floor.  Then, as now, the railroads paid well but had atrocious working conditions.


From: ReallyAgainMar-17 1:18 AM 
To: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 9) 
 130442.7 in reply to 130442.6 

But did you get those really cool striped hats?


And all the weather creature comforts too I am sure.




From: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member IconMar-17 2:12 PM 
To: ReallyAgain  (8 of 9) 
 130442.8 in reply to 130442.7 

There was an oil stove.  So you could be cold and have oxygen or warm and suffocate.


From: ReallyAgainMar-18 4:07 AM 
To: Black Cat (NYTSHADE) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 9) 
 130442.9 in reply to 130442.8 

The wife and I stayed in a northern California Park cabin for my BIL's wedding.  The cabin was so old the wood walls had shrunk so much as to have visible gaps in them. This though was a benefit as the chimney flue  was so clogged up the smoke had to dissipate through the cabin room walls. Had to open the door to breathe.



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