The Good news:

It was a normal day in Sharon Springs Kansas, when a Union Pacific crew boarded a loaded coal train for the long trek to Salina.



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 Bad news:

The train stopped with the hot wheel over a wooden bridge with creosote ties and trusses.

The crew tried to explain to higher-ups but were instructed not to move the train!



They were instructed 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!)