Thought I'd share a couple of photos depicting my weekend.
On Friday morning, I was told we had an "incident" at the rail car loading rack in the chemical plant where I work. Incident usually means something bad, and so it was. While shunting rail cars onto a siding, the loco operator failed to connect the air brake hoses. He soon discovered the loco brakes are inadequate for stopping 10 tanker cars and why Mr. Westinghouse invented air brakes in the first place. At the end of the siding was a bunker, but it didn't stop the cars either. Beyond the bunker there is a pipe rack carrying several hazardous chemicals (including ethylene oxide) and numerous electrical and instrument conduits. The results are predictable.
Fortunately, nobody was injured and there was no loss of containment. It has shut down our plant for at least a week and we can't ship any product already made, at least not by rail. An expensive mistake, n'ect ce pas?
"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)