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Economics of Railroad Safety

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ISBN-13:
9781461555711
Veröffentl:
2012
Einband:
PDF
Seiten:
232
Autor:
Ian Savage
Serie:
Transportation Research, Economics and Policy
eBook Typ:
PDF
eBook Format:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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The American public has a fascination with railroad wrecks that goes back a long way. One hundred years ago, staged railroad accidents were popular events. At the Iowa State fair in 1896, 89,000 people paid $20 each, at current prices, to see two trains, throttles wide open, collide with each other. "e;Head-on Joe"e; Connolly made a business out of "e;cornfield meets"e; holding seventy-three events in thirty-six years. Picture books of train wrecks do good business presumably because a train wreck can guarantee a spectacular destruction of property without the messy loss of life associated with aircraft accidents. A "e;train wreck"e; has also entered the popular vocabulary in a most unusual way. When political manoeuvering leads to failure to pass the federal budget, and a shutdown is likely of government services, this is widely called a "e;train wreck. "e; In business and team sports, bumbling and lack of coordination leading to a spectacular and public failure to perform is also called "e;causing a train wreck. "e; A person or organization who is disorganized may be labelled a "e;train wreck. "e; It is therefore not surprising that the public perception of the safety of railroads centers on images of twisted metal and burning tank cars, and a general feeling that these events occur quite often. After a series of railroad accidents, such as occurred in the winter of 1996 or the summer of 1997, there are inevitable calls that government "e;should do something.
The American public has a fascination with railroad wrecks that goes back a long way. One hundred years ago, staged railroad accidents were popular events. At the Iowa State fair in 1896, 89,000 people paid $20 each, at current prices, to see two trains, throttles wide open, collide with each other. "e;Head-on Joe"e; Connolly made a business out of "e;cornfield meets"e; holding seventy-three events in thirty-six years. Picture books of train wrecks do good business presumably because a train wreck can guarantee a spectacular destruction of property without the messy loss of life associated with aircraft accidents. A "e;train wreck"e; has also entered the popular vocabulary in a most unusual way. When political manoeuvering leads to failure to pass the federal budget, and a shutdown is likely of government services, this is widely called a "e;train wreck. "e; In business and team sports, bumbling and lack of coordination leading to a spectacular and public failure to perform is also called "e;causing a train wreck. "e; A person or organization who is disorganized may be labelled a "e;train wreck. "e; It is therefore not surprising that the public perception of the safety of railroads centers on images of twisted metal and burning tank cars, and a general feeling that these events occur quite often. After a series of railroad accidents, such as occurred in the winter of 1996 or the summer of 1997, there are inevitable calls that government "e;should do something.

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