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It was the leaf on the track, really!

October
28

We all know that on wet, rainy days we need to take it slow on the roads because rain lifts oils from the pavement creating a slippery surface. To make matters worse this time of year, we’ve got to factor in fallen leaves, which can be as treacherous as ice in winter.

That’s fine for my Mercury and your Honda Accord, but who would think that the green leaves we love in summer would turn color in fall and turn into a hazard for railroad trains.

It’s kind of like a flea doing in an elephant, really.

But there it was today, the caution from Metro-North that leaves on the tracks can cause extensive delays on commuter lines in the suburbs.

It’s the wax that’s the rub, according to Metro-North’s Dan Brucker, who says it builds up and causes trains to slide.

That’s a bit of knowledge we should all save up just in case we go slip-sliding away one of these days.

I’m sure State Farm will understand the physics better than I.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 5:07 pm by Bob Baird. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Dan Brucker, Metro-North

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Welcome to the community conversation/editorial page blog for Rockland. It's your place for two-way talk with the people behind the opinions on The Journal News editorial pages and LoHud.com. Look here daily to talk back to the opinion writers, find out what's on our agenda, and steer us to the hot topics in your community. Contributing to this blog are deep-rooted Rocklanders Nancy Cutler, editorial page editor in Rockland, and Bob Baird, longtime Rockland columnist and editor, along with Ed Forbes, interactivity editor, with occasional contributions from other opinion staff.

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