The Three Rs - Part Two
Last time I used my travels in
Uyuni is in the high desert. I had seven heavy blankets on my bed yet I was still cold. I got up feeling as if I had been sleeping in a printing press.
The overnight train from
We left Uyuni after the arrival of the
passenger train for
an inspection of the line over Condor Summit to
We continued on our way and climbed to Condor Summit. It is a lonely, cold, unfriendly place and I was having difficulty with the altitude. Nevertheless, pictures were in order and I even took a shot of a lone switch stand – the highest in the world.
Running downhill now, we rounded a curve and came upon a track gang at work. There were no flags or torpedoes to warn us. After a stop to chat, we carried on and I noticed that the line had been properly protected with a red flag in the other direction. The next train was expected from that direction. The budget was tight and the gang had been given only one red flag. Of course it was perfectly safe as everyone knew where the train was!
What has this to do with the third R? Well, employees should be able to calculate the number of flags they need. They must also be able to count to ensure they have what they need!