As usual, I got the call for
volunteering for Operation Lifesaver at
the Union Pacific Dolores Locomotive Facility. The report time
was 9:00 A.M. which normally is easy on a Saturday. Arriving
almost on time, I observed the Dolores parking lot with tents set up
organizations ranging from Union Pacific Safety personnel, a Union
Pacific peer counselor, the Los
Angeles County Sheriff Explorers, the Pacific Transportation Federal
Credit Union, California Operation Lifesaver, a person with an
interesting scale model locomotive,
contract UP nurses, volunteer cooks and family day give away
My favorite display was one which
employee diversity and honored 2 employees who are reserve military
personnel. The left hand picture is captioned "Co-worker
interventions & Wearing P.P.E. Insures a Safer and Healthier
Tomorrow". The 2nd picture depicts C.A.T.S., "Have You Observed A
Co-worker Today?", "Flag It and Tag It...", and "JOB BRIEFINGS-Listen
and Live." The 3rd picture shows "P.A.W.S. TEAM...", "WE VALUE
our Co-worker Diversity", and "BEWARE OF OUR RED 'ZONES.'"
Between the third and fourth panels sits a plaque for the Dolores 2004
Employee of the Year Marc Lundquist. The last panel honors 2
Dolores employees, most likely military reservists serving in
Afghanistan and Iraq. The text says "Alex Mendiola, Donald
Wilson, Let's Keep Alsx and Donald in our thoughts and prayers.
Donald is serving in Afghanistan Alex is stationed in Anaconda, Iraq."
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While the Family Day was happening,
the railroad was still active beyond the roundhouse. Various sets
of power were being moved around.
Next on the agenda was the roundhouse tour.
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