- Oct 1, 2017
- RET: EMS & TPD
When did your conductor relative write this report? Before or after he had to comply with CFR-219? Also unlike that farce "Unstoppable" the conductor is also the engineer's boss and unless the conductors orders or conduct are contrary to AAR/FRA/NORAC rules or the particular railroads crew dispatch and/or safe movement policy the engineer must comply with the conductors directive. On a lighter note has your conductor relative ever wondered if conductors are the engineers boss then why are conductors promoted to engineers? Ha ha ha, lol. True.I have rail people in my family. One of them was up talking to the engineer when they came around the corner at 70 miles an hour to see a car on the tracks with people still sitting in the car. Okay you tried to start the car when it stalled, a time or two, now get everyone out of the dang car and run a distance while calling the police. I personally would get out of the car immediately and wait 'till he got the car started if he did and then look both ways before crossing over to get in that car again.
So they saw the car on the tracks and all my family member had time to do is grab a metal pole next to him. The front of the engine lifted up high and then came down upon the rails again with the car underneath the front of it. No survivors.
This family member is a conductor. The man that drives the train is over the engine part of the train only. The Conductor is over the entire rest of the train including the passengers. He had to go out and make a report in writing of where the bodies were -- under the train engine. Even jogging along side of a train is a tragedy waiting to happen.