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A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

May 12, 2010

Driving back from Fort Worth a few months ago, I stopped in Corsicana to explore a bit. I found my way to the junction of the Corsicana and Ennis Subdivisions, where I found two sets of local power.

UP local power laying over in Corsicana, TX on March 14, 2010

The tracks, from left to right, are the UP Ennis sub main, the Corsicana siding, engine spur, and the Corsicana sub main. The yellow metal building at left is UP’s Corsicana yard office.

Whenever employees tie down locomotives, it’s important that hand brakes are applied and that precautions be taken to ensure the units can’t foul adjacent tracks. Especially when the power is parked between two main lines as is the case here.

Note the derail protecting against the units accidentally fouling the adjacent tracks

The UP has installed an interesting sign to remind crews of the importance of derail protection and properly tying down equipment.

The image that's worth at least 1000 words -a graphic reminder of the consequences of carelessness

I haven’t seen this sign before. Is this unique to Corsicana, or is it used elsewhere on the Union Pacific?

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