I loved Thomas the Tank Engine as a child. My grandpa was a huge train guy. I had the wooden whistles and everything. Before I knew about football, I knew about trains and they were my fucking swag. I spent about 15 minutes looking through my camera roll for a picture of a young Doz in a conductor hat for this blog and came up empty. To make up for that I figured I'd share some crazy train facts since trains are hot in the news forsome reason.
#1. American trains carry well over 1 billion TONS of cargo a year!
#2. The first steam locomotive was invented in 1804 by British inventor Richard Trevithick.
#3. In 2017 the United States Department of Transportation repealed (got rid of) legislation designed to increase railway safety. What a strange thing to do!
#4. 2022 Action-Comedy film Bullet Train made 239.3 million dollars at the box office.
#5. In September of 2018 former President and current fascist Donald Trump chose profits for special interest groups over protecting the American people from the dangers of train derailments.
#6. San Francisco rock band Train's 2001 hit "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 (this part isn't technically a fact, but that's semi-crazy considering how big that song was, def would've assumed it hit #1, but 2001 was a loaded year) and was nominated for five Grammys (winning two) at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards
#7. Norfolk Southern (the rail company who's train crashed, causing this disaster) offered $25,000 (less than Cam Thomas was fined by the NBA for saying "No Homo") to help the nearly 5,000 people forced to evacuate due to the derailment.
#7.5. Norfolk Southern since increased their donation, but it still isn't good enough.
#8. The CEO of Norfolk Southern's name is Alan Shaw.
#9. Despite loving Steve Martin and John Candy's work, I've never seen Planes, Trains and Automobiles in its entirety in a single sitting.
#10. These are Norfolk Southern's top 10 investors. Corporate greed is responsible for this disaster and a lack of regulation (among other inhumane policies) will lead to the end of humanity as we know it. In case you forgot, it's actually the government's job to protect its citizens!