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Lalo Alcaraz

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Not a problem, so long as it’s someone ELSE’s town on fire!

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    BTW: also check out how many natural gas pipeline explosions there have been, just start with Texas, and think about where to put the “keystone” of you energy policy!

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 12 months ago

    The only thing that will satisfy is to do away with it.

    No shipping by pipeline

    No shipping by rail

    No shipping by truck

    get rid of natgas and fracking

    shut down coal fired electric plants

    Yeah buddy, that there’s some fine plans……

  4. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 12 months ago


    The only thing that will satisfy is to do away with it.
    No Bruce, despite your inflated hysterics, that is not all we can do about it.
    How about the oil companies not use the obsolete types of oil cars that tend to crumple like an old Corvair, when transporting toxic and explosive POL products through urban areas?
    The oil companies won’t replace or upgrade that particular model of rolling stock that tend to crack open like an eggshell unless compelled to do so. They won’t even avoid using those cars on types of POL that are especially explosive.
    It’s not a business that tends to “regulate itself”. And righties have a knee-jerk reaction of “Hey, it’s the cost of doing business in America, baby!”
    So “conservatives” hold the view that public safety and environmental protection is secondary to subsidized oil company profits, even when viable alternatives are available.
    Come on, think about it.

  5. mdavis4183

    mdavis4183 GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago


  6. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose said, 12 months ago

    “The oil companies won’t replace or upgrade that particular model of rolling stock that tend to crack open like an eggshell unless compelled to do so.”

    The trailers of highway trucks hauling propane & natural gas are built under very strict construction standards, and the manufacturers have federal inspectors drop in on them often. These tank trailers also undergo frequent inspections.
    About ten years ago, on a major highway north of Boston, around 4AM, one of these trucks was cut off by an automobile motorist. The cab jack-knifed, hit the median guard rail, and the cab caught fire. Police arrived and quickly evacuated all people out of two nearby hotels, shut down the highway (both directions) and some very brave firemen extinguished the fire. Despite being banged up, and the cab burned totally, that tank trailer did not leak or burst. I remember this well, because that was my normal commute route, and I saw on the news before I left home what happened and took a alternate route to work. I recall watching the news that evening, as the federal inspectors were there and told the public what I stated above, that these trailers are designed to be strong enough to survive accidents like this.

    The RR companies can do the same, if they want to.

  7. Gresch

    Gresch said, 12 months ago

    Maybe the fossil fuel we burn today liberates the carbon needed to convert it to the extra food we need to feed the expanding masses of people tomorrow… Do a carbon mass balance…

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 12 months ago


    I suppose you are familiar with the word “sarcasm” … or maybe not.

    Oil companies do not have rolling stock. Railroads however do.

    Railroads (at least CSX) spend scads of cash on inspection of and repair of their rolling stock. Standards are tough. They also spend a ton on inspection of the infrastructure (uhhh railroad track and appliances like crossing gates, bells and lights.) So while you may continue with your “hate rant” on the “oil” industry, you’re not aiming at the problem just reacting to the hyperbole.

    Since you failed to understand my comment, I will simplify it just for you.

    When you regulate a business so as to eliminate a “waste product” at great cost you either drive them out of business or you price the product out of the range of the “ordinary” consumer.

    While the “evil rich” will continue to enjoy the now classified luxury item – electricity – Mom and Pop, Grandma and Grandpa will be forced to give up other necessities in order to remain cool or warm.

    While I agree that alternative energy sources are the future, this is the here and now where the alternative does not meet the requirement and so we should strive to accomplish the task of providing the required need with the alternative BEFORE we do away with fossil fuels……

    If you are concerned about “subsidies” then do not re elect your current incumbent representative. He/she is complicit in the subsidy of the fossil fuel industry. And I agree, eliminate ALL subsidies and let the market rule.

    Now YOU think about it for a change.

  9. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 12 months ago

    Gresch: What carbon balance? Fossil fuel is producing co2 faster than plants can absorb it, while plants are being replaced by urban sprawl and crops modified to produce more fruit and less oxygen-producing leaves. Most corn is being used to make co2 producing ethanol rather than food.
    Bruce4671: CSX (and Amtrak) may own their rolling stock, but the railroads own the track and an overwhelming percentage of the total rolling stock. They collect on the use of their rails regardless of condition (which is why there are so many derailments of both passenger and freight trains with tragic results), so they don’t bother with track maintenance – the engineer will be blamed anyway, just as airline pilots are, instead of airline maintenance or airliner manufacturers. I haven’t seen a gandy dancer in years.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Zuhlamon: just a note: I raced those old Corvairs- a ‘61 then a ’65, and that up front trunk saved my sister-in-laws life when she ran a light and got hit by a gravel truck.(the gas tank on Corvairs was also out of harm’s way, and not “pinto-like”.)

    On a safety note for modern CARS , not tank cars, my wife went off a cliff in my Lotus, and the fact the fiberglass body absorbed the energy by shattering when she hit trees, saved her from serious injury or death. Three guys in an Oldsmobile ran off in the same place several months earlier, and all were killed.

  11. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 12 months ago


    I suppose you don’t understand that i work in the track maintenance department for 31 years so I’ll overlook your ignorance.

    When all you have is hate everything looks rotten.

    Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean they are not out there. MOST major maintenance done today is done at times that will not interfere with the traveling public. As in working gangs at night .

    So seeing as how CSX IS a railroad yes they do own the majority of their rolling stock and maintain anything that rolls over their rail.

  12. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 12 months ago

    Bruce4671: When you vuew concern as hate, you are the one with problems – or an additional income. My whole mother’s side of the family were involved with the MKT from engineer to General Chairmen of Locomotive Engineers and of Railroad Trainmen. As for gandy dancers, I am in an area still rail dependent (in spite of what they did to Katy). My comment on not seeing the maintenance crews applies to the lack of lights and roadside equipment as well as the work itself. The epidemic of derail accidents indicate you are covering something up. CSX and Amtrak own their rolling stock, as I said in my initial post, but they don’t own the rails, and that is where the problems are – along with the soda can tank cars, which they also don’t own. As Norman Thomas used to say, “I hope when we finally have to buy the railroads, they don’t charge too much.”

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, 12 months ago


    Concerned hippo: Yep, that’s me, one of the problems. Why? Because I do not and will not conform to your way of thinking simply because you think my way is wrong.

    Now as to CSX not owning the rail? uhhh, you need to do a tad more research on that. Amtrak lessees rail rights from whichever road they are using to route the passengers. So right you are. However, CSX is a conglomeration (I joined the firm by way of the Atlantic Coastline Railroad at the point were the ACL and SCL merged with various other small roads)

    Now it seems your families MKT railroad has not been around for 20 or so years. PLUS your fam was involved with the transportation branch switching cars from one track to another and riding trains from one terminal to another NOT with the maintenance of any track, car or signal appliance.

    Further, since evidently your MKT is being parceled out and maybe retired from service – except for the area that the transportation board has deemed to require rial service – there may very well be minimum maintenance planned and executed in your area.

    That’s a far cry from ALL railroads NOT doing any in order to boost profits as was your original statement.

    Still, this comment was a bit confusing. You said: " CSX (and Amtrak) may own their rolling stock, but the railroads own the track and an overwhelming percentage of the total rolling stock." Care to elaborate?

    And you make this statement “the engineer will be blamed anyway”, which goes to prove my point that your perception rules your opinion. Perhaps if you had been involved in numerous investigations of derailments – from one wheel incidents in the yard to major hazmat spills on the line of road you would understand the process of finding the facts so that future incidents can be prevented. Doesn’t always work but all departments are involved, cars are dissected to find mechanical problems, signal (if involved) records are scrutinized as are track inspection records and maintenance schedules, track geometry and train handling (yeah the engineer) as well.

    So sorry for the loss of Jobs on the Defunct MKT Railroad. Really. But do not blanket the entire industry with your animosity over it.

  14. Gresch

    Gresch said, 12 months ago


    So where did the carbon to create 6 billion people and the food to feed them come from?

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 12 months ago

    Is that Warren Buffet’s railroad?

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