23 June 2008

Choo Choo Charlie

I thought that railroad "people" were supposed to be the masters of logistics. Logistics is defined as "The overall management of the way resources are moved to the areas where they are required".

On the 3:18 BNSF Metra EXPRESS tonight, we had to stop and pull over and wait because there was "freight train" traffic on the line. I was supposed to arrive at Aurora station at 4:13, but instead arrived at 4:35 and all subsequent trains were going to be delayed by at least 20 minutes.

Huh? They can move train cars all over massive train yards across America but somehow during express runs on the Metra, they need to pull over and stop? I'm assuming that the trainyard master was the one that gave the go-ahead for the freighter to take off down the tracks, so how did that not get communicated?

Go figure. No wonder why the rail systems for moving PEOPLE are dying and the only thing left on the tracks are goods and chemical waste.

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