Wow, im dumbfounded by this.......
Talk about blowing things totally out of proportion.
Engineers are human too - I guess none of you ever made a mistake at your job? Must be lonely at the top.
It wasn't this big of a deal when an NJT engineer missed Princeton Jct and nearly A THOUSAND people had to back track. Sure it was on the news, some people were cranky and ticked, but most were "oh well". NJT came out and told the truth, which was that the job that the engineer was on changed like the day before, and for months he was bypassing PJ, and then well that first day, he forgot that he didn't bypass PJ any longer! Now, Amtrak COULD have stopped the train, and reversed the train back to PJ, but that would have banged so many other trains, that it wasn't feasible, and everyone just got off at the next station and caught the next eastbound back to PJ.
Thats my hunch as to what happened here, the eng stopped, told the disp what happened and the disp said, "just continue on to the next station" Is the dispatcher going to face any discipline? Remember, the train crews just do what they are told by the higher ups. They don't make these decisions up......when someone actually decides to make a decision that is. Yes, the eng missed the station. But the disp didn't let him go back. And if the train was only 3 car lengths from the station when it stopped, the following train could not have been THAT close to it. Even if the following train was in the next block behind him, he could be held where he was by a Form D "welded to the rail" and the other train given permission back into the station.
I work the extra list as a commuter engineer, and every day im running different trains, with different stops, on different lines. Some days, each train is a local, and im making upwards of 100 stops a day, other days, htey are all expresses, and I make 6 stops a day. Most days it somewhere in between. It hasn't happened to me yet, but it will happen, and it happens to pretty much every engineer at one time or another in their career. And there is discipline, chucksc, sometimes its a few days off, but if the eng has a good record, its "time over their head" most times, which means if you screw up again in a certain time frame, you will get X days off.
So now, if a train breaks down, the following train will be canceled as well? So thats two canceled trains for each breakdown. Cool - thats going to make folks happy.....especially if they are on the following train!
Having a protect loco at Union Station is a good thing, but the problem is when there is a breakdown the tracks are still clogged and the loco still has to make it out to the location, which can be a problem when they are doing transfers from one train to another, or it can still get "stuck in traffic" trying to get to the train, especially if the train is broken down on the far end of the system far from Union Station.......
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