The region of the Mojave Desert that lies within Kern County is small in comparison to the vastness of the desert’s entirety. However, that does not limit the great amount of historical relevance that occured within these small perimeters. 472 more words
Darwin Award candidates. This is NOT going to end well. They got away with it this time. But what happens if they chain themselves to the track and the railroad DOESN'T get warned it's not going to end well. Here's a video example why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ9F-mIObiI I've posted before about rail safety. https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/dont-play-on-the-track/ Not playing around on the track goes especially for members of the press who are covering these clowns A train can appear on any track at any time, in any direction. Train tracks are not a playground. https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/train-tracks-are-not-a-trail-or-playground/ The fact is that these clowns are putting many people at risk, some who may be as far away as Idaho. See, once on train is forced to stop on the mainline the other trains behind also have to stop, all the way back as far hundreds of miles. And once things start to grind to a halt the various people have to start workarounds and deal with things like blocked grade crossings and potentially with careless people and workers. It also means that crews will be kept on duty longer, get fatigued and make mistakes. And once the traffic snarl starts, it can take hours to get things going again and cooperative actions of people as far away as Chicago. This protest is not a small deal. While BNSF won't sue, they should hold the people responsible for this with the full costs of what they did. Frankly a couple of million or so lawsuit might be instructive to these people and keep them off the tracks before they do it again and somebody gets hurt.