AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, my employer, provides storm warnings and weather forecasts for Union Pacific Railroad. In 2007, they invited us to ride their steam train from Enid, Oklahoma, to Wichita.
We stopped in Caldwell, Kansas, to allow a freight train to pass on the siding. I saw the freight approaching in the mirror attached to our car.
|Our train is at right. The freight is at left with its lights on.|
Even worse, the man and a friend crawled under the momentarily stopped freight to try to find the coin! Had the train started moving, which it could have at any moment since the passenger train had cleared the south end of the siding, they likely would have been killed.
Please teach your children to stay off tracks!
We'll resume talking about weather tomorrow.