Down the Hall on Your Left

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I SAW A LITTLE NEWS ITEM TODAY that caught my attention and actually set me to thinking.

Not an easy thing to do.

Most things that I read bring my thinking to a screeching halt or make me hungry.


This news item was an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation along with the Federal Railroad Administration. I never knew that there was a Federal Railroad Administration. I knew about Lionel and American Flyer, but the Federal Railroad Administration? Never.


The story related a bit of information that is both surprising and upsetting. According to the Department of Transportation and the elusively aforementioned Federal Railroad Administration, which I still think has jurisdiction over model trains… In my house growing up my Mother was the law when it came to our model electric trains. We were not allowed to ram the train into the dog if he was sleeping sprawled across the tracks. Do that and both the dog and Mother would be angry and might possibly bite.


I read the announcement this morning and I was both amazed and wincing in disbelief. I do that a lot when I read pronouncements from the government. It doesn’t have to be something out of Washington D.C. Announcements from the State or even the city of Terre Haute (That’s French for, “We have an announcement.”), or even the Barista at St. Arbucks can set off my skepticism alarm. These were the same people who told us all that by 1970 everybody would have flying cars like the Jetsons.


I read this announcement about Public Safety and Trains. The gist of the announcement took up the first two sentences, but it ran on for another 19 paragraphs. You see, that’s the problem with most things governmental. They don’t know when to quit. Like the idea of a Federal Income Tax. That evil was first started during the Civil War as a TEMPORARY Tax. Some 155 years later it’s still around and, according to the IRS, that tax is Voluntary. Sure it is. Ask Al Capone or Wesley Snipes.


In one of those extraneous paragraphs there was a tidbit of ballistics information to brighten my day. They stated that a train – not any specific train, just “A Train” that was going 55 mph needs a mile to a mile and a half to stop. Maybe that is so in an ideal world, but in Terre Haute (That’s French for, “Get me a cruller.”) if there is a donut shop nearby that train, any train, will stop in 12 feet so that the crew can get off of the train for twenty minutes, blocking traffic, so they can go get some donuts and coffee.


To make a long story short – I read the joint announcement from the Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration. I stated that their research has shown that, in this country, someone is hit by a train every three hours. My first reaction to that was, “My goodness! I’ll bet that fellow is really upset about being hit by a train every three hours. He must feel that the rail industry is picking on him.”

I hope you found this to be both informative and…


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  1. Another one to get me laughing for the day!!


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