Now that Charlie Vlk has provided the ICC report on the accident in
question, and we know that the tractor that caused the wreck was a
crawler and was loaded lengthwise and not crosswise, let's go back to
Doug Harding's original post which started this whole discussion.
On Dec 27, 2011, at 6:54 AM, Douglas Harding wrote:
The discussion of tractor loading led a friend to ask me: Is thereWell, yes, as it turns out. In addition to the ICC accident report,
we have photos of tractor loads, as well as the AAR loading rules
books, showing that the loading rules were not changed, at least
during the period covered by this list, either by the ICC or the
AAR. So the "friend who insists..." is simply wrong. And this is
how false information gets established as truth (or at least what
some political figures have recently described as "truthiness").
What doubtless started as sheer speculation unsupported by fact
circulated through several hands until it became someone's honest-to-
God truth, and that process is especially likely to occur if one of
those in the chain of falsehood is a current or former railroad
employee and therefore "must know the straight story."
This incident should serve as a warning to all of us to differentiate
facts from opinions from speculations and rumors. Doug's skepticism
turned out to be right on, demonstrating that you don't have to be a
professional researcher to have a discriminating BS detector. If it
sounds implausible, it's probably wrong. Even if it sounds
plausible, it's often wrong. And these days it's gets easier all the
time to check assertions like this one against the facts.