trainwayne1 wrote:After watching an EMD that has been idling for hours get throttled up and watching the sky filled with smoke, worrying about someone smoking a cigarette in the cab of a locomotive seems pretty trivial. If the railroads were that concerned about the enviorment, they would retire all the locomotives that they have that don't meet todays smoke standards....but THAT would cost THEM and the stockholders a ton of money.
......"Let's worry about the peanuts while the elephants are trampling us to death" !!
Perhaps the railroad can ban eating junk food in the cabs? I'm sure that statistics would show that more many people die every year from the effects of obesity than smoking.
Correct. Let's face it...a locomotive cab is one of the dirtiest industrial settings you'll find in America. With the oily dust, the brake shavings, metal filings (BTW that's the rust sheen that settles on cab roofs - the cab isn't rusty, the METAL DUST falls there and rusts)...
...a little cigarette smoke is almost welcome, compared to the noxious fumes coming out of the toilet compartment.
But it's not about health or even insurance costs, IMO. It's about grinding their heel in their subordinates' necks.
I see the same horse-droppings out there today. SAVE FUEL
, they shreik at us - and bust us for not shutting down equipment when THEY think we should.
Yet, all the stopping and starting from poor dispatching and planning, surely wastes more fuel than an hour's idling...