All together now: OOOPS!
As I have mentioned in earlier posts, recent flooding in many areas of the midwest caused a lot of inconvenience to the freight railroads as well as to Amtrak.
On June 16th, because the normal route was under water, the Canadian Pacific rerouted a doublestack* freight train through the tunnel connecting Detroit, Michigan, with Windsor, Ontario.
Small problem: someone didn’t double check clearances.
A Canadian Pacific spokesperson said, “It’s an inconvenience. It’s part of doing business.”
Whaddaya bet comments behind closed doors at CP were, shall we say, a bit more pithy?
* Flatcars with low beds are used to accommodate two standard shipping containers, stacked one on top of another.
I would be willing to bet that the root cause of this problem is the downsizing of the railway’s white-collar workforce. Reducing the workforce, increasing the workload and slashing the training budget leads inevitably to this outcome.
Ugly. There’s a project that Norfolk Southern is leading over here in eastern Virginia called the Heartland Corridor. A major piece of that is raising the roofs of the Appalachian tunnels to accommodate double stack freight trains.
Don’t know that this will do anything for pax rail, but it’s interesting.