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The stupid, it burns!

For real this time. Think about this, the brakes on trains require that one of the engines be running at all times for the brakes to work; if there isn't an engine running, the brakes release. I know that currently the RR company is blaming the engineer, saying that he did not set all 7 sets of brakes. First they tried to blame the firefighters that had been called in a couple hours prior - saying that they must have - turned the engine off, released the braks, hit the override. Trains have a 'dead man' switch so that if there is no one operating the controls, it automatically stops. I am sure there is a reason that the braking system requires an engine to keep the brakes 'on' rather than requiring an engine being on to keep the brakes 'off' but I sure can't think of it right now.

My condolences to the friends and families of casualties in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec, Canada - our hearts go out to you.


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