Kansas Bridge Fire

For those who believe nothing exciting ever happens in Kansas



The Good news:
It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, Kansas when a Union Pacific crew
boarded a loaded coal train to head on the long trek back to Salina.

The Bad news:
Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing becomes overheated and melts off,
letting the truck support drop down and grind on top of the rail -
creating white hot molten metal droppings to spew downward on the rail.

The Good news:
A very alert crew noticed a small amount of smoke about halfway back in the train

and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the rules.
The Bad news:
The train stopped with the hot wheel on top of a wooden bridge
built with creosote ties and trusses...
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train...
... that Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective.









Don’t let common sense get in the way of a good disaster!

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I'm proud to be a railway modeler. - Rod Stewart

Care shouldn't start in the emergency room. - James Douglas

Never invest emergency savings in the stock market. - Suze Orman

My train of thought derailed. There were no survivors. - Unknown

Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train. - Charles Barkley

Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs. - Ambrose Bierce

If God had intended us to fly, He would never have given us railways. - Michael Flanders

Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. - Natalie Goldberg

If women can be railroad workers in Russia, why can't they fly in space? - Valentina Tereshkova

The light you see at the end of the tunnel is the front of an oncoming train. - David Lee Roth

A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately. - Eleanor R. Belmont

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. - G K Chesterton

There is a light at the end of the tunnel... hopefully its not a freight train! - Mariah Carey

There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth. - Charles Dickens

When my friends and I played cowboys and Indians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker. - Robin Williams

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. - Joseph Campbell

If you're not paying for it through the health plan, you pay for it in the emergency room. - David Lehman

I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. - Steve Irwin

I have to tell them that last night was a shameful train wreck filled with blind cuddly puppies. - Charlie Sheen

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. - Oscar Wilde

One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. - Arnold H. Glasow

Faith is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see -
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency. - Emily Dickinson

When walking, you see things that you miss in a motor car or on the train. You give your mind space to ponder. - Tom Hodgkinson

I'm grateful that I never was that senior athlete who realized she'd done nothing but train all her life. - Clara Hughes

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting. - Ronald Reagan

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. - Dwight D Eisenhower

If a train is coming at you, closing your eyes won't save you... but if you look right at it, you at least have a chance to jump. - Andrew Vachss

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch in a railroad track ... an inch between a wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity. - Henry Ward Beecher

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. - Theodore Roosevelt

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. - Corrie Ten Boom

The best way to meet a woman is in an emergency situation - if you're in a shipwreck, or you find yourself behind enemy lines, or in a flood. - Mark Helprin

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds. - Plato


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22-Oct-2017