There is something mesmerizing about this video. At first it looks staged — like a ‘test dummy’ setup, a truck parked in the path of a train. But, it appears that it was real. You can hear the train coming — whistles blaring. But you don’t hear any brakes. It seems to be going at its normal speed. Says one person was injured — aboard the train. Assume it was the engineer. Shame. Wonder if he ducked. Crazy. This one doesn’t make sense. You would think that somebody would have tried to ‘wave’ the train down. Get it to slow down. That you don’t hear any brakes is scary. But, I think I have heard something about that. They don’t like to slam on the brakes because that could cause derailment. I need to talk to somebody about this.
Pretty amazing. Driver claims he forgot he had raised trailer and that he didn’t notice it was raised when he came back to move the truck because it was dark. That seems hard to believe. Even in the dark you should be able to see the raised trailer towering above you.
Yes, I am also amazed that there is no visual/audible alarm that the trailer is raised.
He caused a lot of damage and disruption. Not going to be popular.
I am still in amazement.
As with so many of such things I learned about this from my daily, cover-to-cover reading of the ever trusty U.K. “Daily Mail“.
I think these trucks will be a DREADFUL idea in the U.S.
Why? Well they are NOT going to be cheap to begin with. So if truckers were forced to have them they will incur some huge costs.
So, given the non-Bernie American way, how do YOU think they will get around that cost.
They will start running ADs on these TVs when it is NOT safe to pass. So if there is traffic coming the other way you will suddenly start seeing toilet roll commercials. That is scary.
So that is my concern. American enterprise (in every sense of that word) WILL find a way to run ads on these TV. That is the American way (that Bernie is trying to hijack from us). SMILE.
by Anura Guruge
>> Elephants trucked — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> Dragon circus: review — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct. 2013 circus/elephants in Manchester — Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down elephant parade — Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.
++++ Search ‘circus’ or ‘elephants’ for the numerous ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts. >>>>>>
I really, really, for the sake of the kids in and around Manchester, hope I am WRONG. But, I get the distinct feeling that there will again be NO elephant parade in Manchester, N.H., when the circus arrives in town.
I know that people are already doing Web searches on the parade — as it applies to Manchester. Many of them come ‘here’ because I have written about it so often.
I think 2012, when they did their best to keep us from finding out the exact time, was the last time.
First they started taking out the elephants, from-and-to, to the railway yard at ‘odd’ times — like getting the elephants to the train while second-half of the last show, Sunday evening, was still going on.
Then last year they trucked them to/fro — and again did the trucking while the last show was ongoing.
They are just TOO worried about animal rights protestors — and a possible commotion on the road which could go terribly wrong. I do understand — and actually see both sides of the debate.
I just feel bad for the kids. It was a wonderful, rewarding FREE show — especially for the kids who don’t get to go the circus (though they are offering $10 seats this Thursday).
I will try and stay on top of this and IF folks who work in Manchester, especially the high-rise buildings, could e-mail me, as you so kindly did in 2012, and let me know when the train pulls in.
But for now I dread the worst, i.e., no parade. The elephants getting transported by truck.
Lets keep our fingers crossed — for the kids.
by Anura Guruge
>> Dragon circus: review
>> — Oct. 7, 2013.
>> The circus elephants have
>> arrived — Oct. 2, 2013.
>> Oct. 2013 circus/elephants
>> in Manchester —
>> Sep. 29, 2013.
>> Circus will play down elephant parade
>>— Aug. 15, 2013.
>> ‘Dragons’ circus is coming to town — July 6, 2013.
++++ Search ‘circus’ or ‘elephants’ for the numerous
>>>> ‘circus in town (with elephants)‘ posts. >>>>>>
Chalk it up as yet another sign of the time, a sad consequence of the age we live in.
I guess elephant parades when the circus is in town is now history too. Such a shame. It was so much fun and great, free entertainment for kids.
Last year, as those that follow this blog remember, they did everything possible to make sure that the public would not know when the elephants would be walked to/from the train.
This year they went further. They trucked the elephants from the back of the arena to the train.
We saw it and watched three of the elephants being loaded into the truck — a larger, 18 wheel version of a horse transport.
Very sad, but at least the elephants are safe.
What is happening to today’s society distresses me. We continue to regress.
No elephant parades anymore.
..by Anura Guruge
Alton Related Posts:
++++ Check Category ‘Alton’ in sidebar dropdown >>>>
It appears that the ‘State’ (whatever that implies) has mandated, in the last ‘few’ weeks, that heating oil can no longer be delivered to ACS by a large, commercial fuel truck. Why, because the big truck can’t get close enough to the filler and as such has to use two hoses. So …
The heating oil has to be delivered by smaller trucks, the type used to make residential deliveries. Moreover, a fire truck with personnel needs to be present while the oil is being delivered. [Maybe I didn’t make this clear enough. They are now delivering the heating oil via smaller trucks BUT a fire truck is required to be there. So, it is not one or the other; i.e., smaller trucks or fire truck presence. It is both.]
Seems incongruous, to say the least. Why this new requirement now? Hasn’t the school been getting heating oil delivered, the same way, for decades? What changed? What happened?
If this is due to one of the many recent inspections, for example the one from DoL that found many violations, I am delighted – BUT, at the same time want to know why it has taken this long to spot this apparent violation.
Not really sure why using two pipes is considered a ‘no-no’. Wouldn’t it have just been simpler to say that oil can only be delivered at weekends with fire department presence. Of course any pipe can leak. If it is about fumes, fumes can escape from both ends of a single pipe. So, not sure why they are obsessing about coupling together two pipes.
Yes, I am trying to get to the bottom of it.
So, how did I find out about this? We went to the ‘art showcase’ at ACS on Wednesday — after school. We got there around 5:30 pm and there was an Alton fire truck and at least 4 ‘uniformed’ personnel. I, giving all the benefit of the doubt, assumed that this was just to add a bit more spice to the showcase, though I know that the kids get plenty of opportunity, at other times, to get to know the Alton Fire Department.
When we got home Deanna saw on the ACS Facebook page that somebody was asking why there had been a fire truck in front of ACS ‘all day’ Tuesday’ and ‘Wednesday’ — possibly wondering if there was a connection with the tragic events in Boston. [My first reaction was, why fire truck rather than police?] The response on Facebook to this inquiry further puzzled me. The person who asked the question was told to contact the SAU Office.
Well, I didn’t want to bother the SAU. Instead I called a friend who has lived in Alton for 70 years and knows everybody who is an anybody in town. He just made one phone call to a buddy and got back to me with what I am telling you above. I still had a few more questions and he is working on getting those answered for me.
This is just a heads up. No big deal. But, I like to keep these things straight.
Talking about these inspections and violations, I have yet to see any official statement by the school or the School Board.
Somebody has to be held accountable. No, they can’t sweep it under the carpet.
I have the report, which is a public domain document. I can make it available to anybody that is interested.