posted on Jul, 5 2014 @ 02:54 PM
originally posted by: aboutface
Hey there trainman, happy 10th! I was thinking of you this morning as the news reported something about Lac Megantic and was going to ask you if
you've noticed any positive changes in railway transportation in the last year. It's ood to see you're still around and posting.
Nice to talk to you again! Actually there have been many positive changes in rail operations that could be traced to the Lac Megantic disaster. The
industry has commissioned new tank car designs that include double walls, improved requirements for securing trains without crew members on board,
Canada has instituted new regulations that require two-person crews on hazardous trains so there are two minds working on the problem instead of just
one, and there are new procedures for locking locomotive doors. When an oil train is secured on-line a radio report must be made to the dispatcher
specifying the location, track conditions, weather conditions, track grade. and total number of hand brakes applied.
I am sure there are more steps that could be taken, but the industry has responded in a positive manner. The motive for this is most likely a desire
to limit liability in future disasters (because there WILL be more- that is unavoidable) and the industry has taken steps to shunt future liability on
to the employee instead of the corporation. But at least changes have been made with some success.