REMOTE CONTROLLED LOCOMOTIVES

11/14/02

The federal agency in charge of rail safety has given the industry the go-ahead to allow locomotives to be operated by remote control. Right now most of that activity is legal in train yards, but the industry would like to see the program expanded. Our guest, Dave Lavery is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. His union says that remote controlled trains are dangerous because there is no operator in the cab. Lavery says that trains frequently carry ammonia, chlorine and other dangerous chemicals in the Tampa Bay area. The BLE says remote-controlled operation has lead to several injury-causing accidents in steel yards in the North, Maryland and Canada. His group is asking local governments to pass resolutions banning the practice.

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