Must keep trains moving at any cost

 
  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

Sponsored advertisement

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Metro Trains are investigating:

  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

Wouldn't be surprised if that recording went "missing".
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
This is the basis of a PR nightmare for Metro.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Poor silly old dog, lucky for him the driver didn't want to proceed as directed.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Full marks to the driver!
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
I can see a pineapple in that Driver's future. Not for stopping for the dog - I commend him for doing so - but for publicising the event on FB... "Bringing Metro into disrepute" or something like that will be the bung.

Be very careful about what you publish on FB, and what your privacy settings are.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
I can see a pineapple in that Driver's future. Not for stopping for the dog - I commend him for doing so - but for publicising the event on FB... "Bringing Metro into disrepute" or something like that will be the bung.

Be very careful about what you publish on FB, and what your privacy settings are.
KRviator
It's already out there - the driver could already be in trouble for publishing an operational matter on social media.

I hardly ever watch The Simpsons but the other night there was a new episode with exactly this dilemma - Marge gets Homer sacked for posting a seemingly innocuous photo and comment.
  Clarke Hudswell Junior Train Controller

Congratulations to the driver, for being a decent human being. I would buy him a beer if I knew who he was.

Metro had better be careful, I reckon they could run every train late by 15 minutes for a year, and they wouldn't face the social backlash that they will if they do anything other than publicly commend the driver for his humanitarian actions.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
My favourite part about this thread is how everyone's already made up their minds on this.

It didn't occur to anyone that maybe, just maybe, things aren't as they seem?
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Be very careful about what you publish on FB, and what your privacy settings are.
KRviator
To a point, yes, but you never fully know someone's true intentions. Someone may have screenshotted and shared with good intentions, not realising the damage this could cause to the driver's career.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Well, when you wrestle with a pig in the mud, the pig just has fun and all you get is dirty.

Alternatively, imagine a bystander just being there filming, and we're seeing footage where he's proceeded and run it over. We'd surely be running out of poop to push through the fan, and Metro would undoubtedly be tap dancing around that scenario. Or, if they told him to, imagine the story - Metro advocates running over dog on track.

Point is, the drivers made judgement call, and there's always going to be some who'll differ with the choice they would have made. No one can call the guy heartless. I'd buy him a beer too, and I'm not a big fan of dogs. I'm certainly NOT going to judge him for it.

Publicly i recon he'll get a "well done", privately he may get something else who knows.

Regards
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Don;t think any train controller would deliberately suggest or order a driver to take their train over a distressed and injured animal.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Don;t think any train controller would deliberately suggest or order a driver to take their train over a distressed and injured animal.
NSWGR8022
Never underestimate some Train Controllers.
  Madjikthise Assistant Commissioner

They'll get him/her on some technicality. Same as one QR driver who got disciplined for reporting an safety incident by taking a photo with a mobile phone.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
ON FACE VALUE it seems pretty reprehensible to suggest a driver should proceed over an injured animal, I can only assume there was some sort of mis-communication between the driver and Metrol.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

It would not just be reprehensible, it would be a criminal act.

If a driver had a choice about driving over an animal, and made the choice to drive over it, the driver and Metro would be liable for substantial fines under the prevention of cruelty to animals act, and the driver would also be liable to be jailed for up to 12 months. I doubt a court would accept the excuse that the driver was only following orders.

It would also be a public relations disaster for Metro - the public would not take kindly to a train being deliberately driven over an already injured labrador. The public likes dogs, and this one is likely to be a family pet that has strayed.
  hot-axle-box Junior Train Controller

Think about it for a minute, the train controller can not see what the driver has come across. If you here that a dog has been hit by a train you would not think that it would be a sizable dog sitting distressed on the track still alive. It depends on what information was given to the controller. If it was killed you probably would slowly proceed, I don't think the train controller knew the dog was still alive and quite big. If
I was a TC and was told the dog was still alive and quite big and in the way no way would I tell a driver to go over him.  you just never know what transpired but there is always two sides to the story. If it is true though the person who asked the question needs their bum kicked.

Sponsored advertisement

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.