Just had to purloin this from an email received recently. Too good (given my “day job”) not to preserve.
The Bad News:
Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing became overheated and melted, letting a metal support drop down and grind on the rail, creating white hot molten metal droppings spewing down to the rail.
The Good News:
A very alert crew noticed smoke about halfway back in the train and immediately stopped the train in compliance with the Rules.
The crew tried to explain to higher-ups, but were instructed not to move the train!
They were instructed that the Rules prohibit moving the train when a part is defective!
REMEMBER, RULES ARE RULES!
Don’t ever let common sense get in the way of a good disaster