Monday, May 30, 2016

Conductor Killed in Colorado

From CNN, via RyPN:  A conductor on the Royal Gorge tourist railroad was killed on Saturday when she fell from the rear platform during a backup move. ... bottomlist

Because this is in Colorado, there are steep grades and sharp curves, but the method of operation is basically the same as our coach train: the train pulls out four or five miles, then backs up all the way with the conductor on the rear platform with the backup hose.  Now I never see our conductors doing anything careless or dangerous, but just one mistake could produce a tragedy like this.  All of us need to remain focused on safety.  

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