It was the leaf on the track, really!
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.