Spokker wrote:I've sent Metrolink a comment asking them to require that all persons waiting on platforms have a ticket in an effort to curtail the efforts of juvenile railfans, and actually enforce this. There are a lot of great railfans out there who have the utmost respect for the railroad, but I'm a commuter first and a train enthusiast second. My loyalty lies with all the people who wake up every morning to board those Metrolink trains and I'm sick and tired of this railfan nonsense. It's a business, not a toy train set.
I agree with you to a point. Railroads are dangerous but I have not seen one railfan that got in the way of a railroad employee doing their job. The only way to fix the problem is through education not slapping a bunch of new rules into affect and banning anybody from even looking at a train. Use and enforce the rules you already have. Just like the supervisors that got fired they got fired because they were not doing their job of enforcing the rules that were already at hand.
Putting in new rules does absolutely nothing. They are just more rules that simply follow what the other rules that already were/are in existence just with different lettering.
The true technique to make a rule or law successful is through enforcement. That means somebody doing their job. Its done with Cops, EMT's and Firemen. Can be done with railroad workers. Its just a matter of the people with the job title of supervisor to do surprise visits, investigations and to make sure the rules of work are being followed. With the youngsters, I truly havnt seen ANY sign of life when it comes to Operation Life Saver in this area.
We also have to remember that the youth don't always know right from wrong and it is up to us to educate them and to teach them right from wrong. The engineer made a mistake by going against the rules. The kids were allowed the open gate to explore the train and to communicate by the engineer. What he should of done is came at it diffrently. Work is work and when you dont have peoples hands in your lives talk trains. After all, if you shy away the youth of a career in the railroad industry who the hells going to want to do it?. Now for the engineer he made the mistake by making ties with the civilians. He lost his common sense.
Now the job of the supervisors when TOLD by the conductor of previous acts which took place prior and leading to this should of gotten out of their chairs and ran an investigation.
When they saw something or heard something prior to this, thats when you give a verbal or written warning, continue to investigate and if it continues, you terminate. Simple as that!