News Wire: Monon's first diesel decapitated in trucking accident

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:56 AM

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — The cab of Monon’s first diesel, operational SW1 No. 50, was sheared off in a trucking accident Thursday night less than two miles from where the 76-year-old unit was to be offloaded at the relocated Indiana Transportat...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/12/14-monons-first-diesel-decapitated-in-trucking-accident

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Posted by RDG467 on Monday, December 17, 2018 11:01 AM

Indiana Transportation Museum seems to be the latest poster children for 'How NOT to run a railroad....museum' and 'How NOT to Win Friends and Influence People'.....

I know hindsight's 20/20, but maybe they should've started deaccessioning some of their traction equipment when they started to focus on running the tourist trains??? 90+ pieces of rolling stock is enough where even if you had unlimited $$$, it would still take more than a lifetime to restore and protect everything. 

I hope we hear more about the saga of #50, because I think she's gonna be tied up in litigation for the next decade.......

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Posted by RDG467 on Monday, December 17, 2018 11:04 AM

I also wonder if Mr. Magoo was driving the truck that fateful day last week..... An SW1 is 14'-5" to the top of the cab on it's own wheels, let alone a road trailer.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 17, 2018 2:40 PM

If it was made by man - it can be remade.  It is only a matter of time, money and the desire to make the repairs.  Trucking company 'should' be on the hook for the costs to repair.

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Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, December 17, 2018 3:49 PM

RYPN thread:

http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=42824&sid=cc886c0833f13a11672ecc89199ed264

On the third page someone has offered to make a deal with them for a cab from a SW9 that he is about to scrap.

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Posted by zugmann on Monday, December 17, 2018 7:53 PM

Decapitate?  Really? That's the word we're going with?

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, December 17, 2018 8:23 PM

Off with his head! 

Yeah it's a bit strong.

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Posted by RDG467 on Monday, December 17, 2018 8:27 PM
It's been....decaffienated. Howzat?
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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, December 17, 2018 8:28 PM

Miningman

Off with his head! 

Yeah it's a bit strong.

 

I was thinking lethal injection myself.

Anyway, I suppose a tape measure's just too low-tech for anyone to use nowadays.

Ever been a store or a movie theater when the computer's crashed and the cashiers can't do their jobs?  No-one knows how to use a cigar box as a cash register anymore either!

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Posted by RDG467 on Monday, December 17, 2018 8:31 PM

No doubt, BaltACD, but why go thru more agony than absolutely necessary? The bridge clearance was marked at least 1/4 mile beforehand, from what i could see on Street View.  Plus, this unit was privately-owned. If I was the owner, I'd be beyond furious .....

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Posted by jeffhergert on Monday, December 17, 2018 10:47 PM

Firelock76

 

Ever been a store or a movie theater when the computer's crashed and the cashiers can't do their jobs?  No-one knows how to use a cigar box as a cash register anymore either!

 

Many times.  Going to work at times in the wee hours, I've run across stores that have their systems down for back ups to be performed.  To be fair, many items no longer have prices listed on the individual item so they need the system to scan the bar code. 

One time a convenience store was shut down for system backups but the clerk was taking cash for those only getting coffee.  Probably the only item she knew the price for.  Too bad I wasn't going to get coffee there.

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 17, 2018 11:16 PM

jeffhergert
 
Firelock76

Ever been a store or a movie theater when the computer's crashed and the cashiers can't do their jobs?  No-one knows how to use a cigar box as a cash register anymore either! 

Many times.  Going to work at times in the wee hours, I've run across stores that have their systems down for back ups to be performed.  To be fair, many items no longer have prices listed on the individual item so they need the system to scan the bar code. 

One time a convenience store was shut down for system backups but the clerk was taking cash for those only getting coffee.  Probably the only item she knew the price for.  Too bad I wasn't going to get coffee there.

Jeff

In today's world of railroading - when the main computer fails - the railroad shuts down.  The staffing level does not permit continued SAFE operation without the use of the computer.

Been there, done that!

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Posted by RDG467 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 6:31 AM

I was thinking lethal injection myself.

Anyway, I suppose a tape measure's just too low-tech for anyone to use nowadays.

Ever been a store or a movie theater when the computer's crashed and the cashiers can't do their jobs?  No-one knows how to use a cigar box as a cash register anymore either. 

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Cigar Box?!?  How will that accept the Visa tap-to-pay RFID system???  Stick out tongue Is it wireless??

And what's this funny green paper with pixtures of dead white men that you're trying to give me???

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:39 PM

Hey man, ever place I go cash is instantly recognizable and always welcome!  I make sure of that!

Cash will always be around.  The late, great Chicago newsman and columnist Mike Royko explained why in three words...

"Off the books."

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Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:33 PM

zugmann

Decapitate?  Really? That's the word we're going with?

I would have gone with "de-cab-itated"...

I know, I'll show myself out.

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 9:35 PM

No no that's it! its perfect. 

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Posted by awalker1829 on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 1:55 PM

The SW1 is now a convertible model cab. Signage on the road that should have warned the driver of the bridge appears to be non-standard as far as the placement of the advanced sign is concerned. Based upon the MUTCD standards, the advanced warning sign might have been placed too far in advance. Anyways, the human condition was in full force.

I am not an attorney. Nothing in this communication is intended to be considered legal advice. However, I am a legal professional who routinely deals with attorneys when they screw up their court filings.
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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 9:08 PM

awalker1829
The SW1 is now a convertible model cab. Signage on the road that should have warned the driver of the bridge appears to be non-standard as far as the placement of the advanced sign is concerned. Based upon the MUTCD standards, the advanced warning sign might have been placed too far in advance. Anyways, the human condition was in full force.

As well as Pilot Car failure!

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