What If Protesters Shut Down A Class I Railroad?

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Re: What If Protesters Shut Down A Class I Railroad?

Postby NaugyRR » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:18 pm

sd80mac wrote:Here's the youtube that I was telling you about...

Enjoying watching the video of IDIOTS...

https://youtu.be/Qd2sYDnw0K0


I love the first comment...

"Top 3 worst places to protest: 1. Train tracks 2. Train tracks 3. Train tracks"
"That sapling that once grew just south of Wassaic may be long gone, and the Harlem Line’s appearance may have changed over the years, but for decades to come, I can count on it continuing to provide me with funny recollections"
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Re: What If Protesters Shut Down A Class I Railroad?

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:56 pm

Too bad there's no room for a steam generator on those units--a couple of fake cylinder cocks mounted on the frame would scatter the bystanders in no time ...
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Re: What If Protesters Shut Down A Class I Railroad?

Postby mtuandrew » Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:40 pm

I'm intrigued by this thread. It'd be dangerous and probably a Constitutional violation to block interstate commerce via railroad, but I think the current minority rights protesters see that the Class 1 railroads aren't their immediate enemy. Not only have the major roads been hiring without regard to race (if less so in terms of gender) they don't have policy-making power. Amtrak might be more of a target, but even still it doesn't represent a policy-making body. In contrast, the I-94 blockade was a direct challenge to the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol and Bureau of Criminal Investigation - all organizations that have been strongly suspected of institutional bias.

If there were new and major railroad employee strikes, or a protest against a direct railroad action, that'd be a different matter and handled differently.
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Re: What If Protesters Shut Down A Class I Railroad?

Postby NorthWest » Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:30 am

It has happened in Washington State over coal and oil trains:
http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/everett/2014/09/02/coal-oil-train-protest-everett/14958949/
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/09/protesters_of_oil_and_coal_shi.html
Of course they only blocked one of the many yard tracks in Delta Yard.

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2016/01/18-bnsf-protesters

They still received the maximum 90-day jail sentence and upwards of $500 in fines...
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