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What Was He Thinking?

Postby SnoozerZ49 » Thu Dec 23, 2004 9:47 pm

I'd like to relate an actual experience to you. It may help some people understand how the operations of a railroad are woven together. This past Monday as Train No. 233 left Lawrence headed towards Bradford a passenger jumped up and hopped out the door of the moving train. He obviously forgot to get off and made a run for it. The Conductor immediately stopped the train and the crew searched the area to try and find the "jumper". If this person was hurt in his fall it would be up to the crew to get him that medical attention. In the event of a fatality it would also be important to locate the body. Well, the crew searched in vain. Luckily there appeared to be no fatality. The individual however seemed to have fled the scene.

As this is happening all the passengers on the train are forced to sit there and endure a delay caused by one person. It does not end there however. An east bound "Downeaster" was just coming off the "Wildcat" Branch behind No. 233. It was forced to sit behind the stopped No. 233 while the crew conducted its search. A third train No. 235 which is a 6:15 departure from Boston caught less than favorable indications on its signals and ended up operating at restricted speed until it came to a stop behind the Amtrak train.

Now we have three trainloads of passengers sitting because of the stupidity of just one person. Even after No. 233 resumed its journey it had to operate at restricted speed until it reached the next way side signal. The two trains behind it never really received any signals more favorable than "Approach" so they meandered along behind No. 233 until it was out of the way after crossing over through the hand thrown cross overs at Hall which is east of Haverhill.

This is an example of one of the "real" reasons why not just one but several trains can be delayed. A problem effecting one train compunded itself into a problem that effected several trains and over a thousand commuters. Amazing huh?
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Postby jrc520 » Fri Dec 24, 2004 1:04 am

mmm, dominos

Sorry, that's all that came to my mind. But it is really amazing what people do. Too bad that person wasn't found, such that they could have been forced to sit on that last train. That I think is punishment enough. Oh, and pay for everyone else's ride. :-p
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:12 pm

Isn't there a law that prohibit folks from doing that? I wonder why people have no patience to get on a train instead of waiting for the next one, you know? I feel its time to do something about that.
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Postby CSX Conductor » Sat Dec 25, 2004 9:21 am

Robert Paniagua wrote:Isn't there a law that prohibit folks from doing that? I wonder why people have no patience to get on a train instead of waiting for the next one, you know? I feel its time to do something about that.

It is illegal to intentionally delay a train, however in this case as Snoozer mentioned, the person causing the delay could not be found, and therefore could not be prosecuted.
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