Tripping Up

Submitted by Tubeworker on Fri, 08/28/2009 - 13:35

There were extraordinary goings-on on the Bakerloo last weekend, as management decided that they could dispense with the small matter of tripcock safety. Yes, our intrepid bosses decided that a train that failed its tripcock test could remain in service. In other words, a train could stay in service even if it might not get automatically stopped if it passed a signal at danger.

Funny thing is, as Kevin Dobinson recently discovered, drivers who fall short of the rules about these things get marched out of the door and down to the dole office. Managers, on the other hand, seem able to disregard the rules at will. More to the point, Kevin made a mistake; management did it deliberately.

And some people think that there is one rule for managers, another for the rest of us mere mortals. You don't say.

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