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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:21 pm 
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I know it doesn't really have any relevance to monitoring railroad activity but this sounds rather suspicious?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... ls25m.html


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:31 pm 
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nickcarr wrote:
I know it doesn't really have any relevance to monitoring railroad activity but this sounds rather suspicious?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... ls25m.html


This is pretty bad.

Looks like a "CSS" ("Crew Shuttle Services") Chevy Suburban. CSS contracts to the Railroads to move their crews around. An article I read that covered this accident indicates it was an uncontrolled railroad crossing, and sounds like it was coming out of a small rail yard.

I knew a guy that drove for CSS for a short time.
Shit wages and erratic hours.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:35 pm 
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It looks like the contract shuttle driver crossed behind a parked train on a double main or second track not knowing another train was coming through. The shuttle drivers have a high turnover rate at 9 bucks an hour, so experience is not always gained and the crew was probably tired after 8-12 hours on the road and not able to warn in time.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:09 pm 
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Wasn't there a member here that was a driver for them? He was at Mark's during WTO...?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:06 pm 
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Didn't Bob Gehri (Smith) drive for them or was it another company that did the same thing?

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Wow, you're going back in time. Yes Bob drove for Crew Scuttle probably in the late 90's when I used to hang around the Van depot. Haven't seen him lately, maybe he still drives for them. I think the name down there has changed to Coach America or something similar.

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icom1020 wrote:
Wow, you're going back in time. Yes Bob drove for Crew Scuttle probably in the late 90's when I used to hang around the Van depot. Haven't seen him lately, maybe he still drives for them. I think the name down there has changed to Coach America or something similar.


I see both CSS & Coach America rigs in this (Seattle) area.


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