CHICAGO — If you have yet to see this video posted to Facebook from Chicago’s ABC affiliate, please don’t throw a shoe at your screen.
Someone with ABC posted a video recording of Metra crews standing near a diamond with one rail lit on fire. ABC’s original caption was: “WINTER IN CHICAGO! Setting the tracks on fire to make sure they don’t freeze – so trains can keep moving!”
ABC later amended its post to read as follows: “WINTER IN CHICAGO! Setting the tracks on fire to combat the extreme cold – so trains can keep moving!”
Trains News Wire contacted Metra to confirm what most Trains readers suspect: railroaders were heating a rail to expand it and fix it after it had pulled apart in cold weather at “Mayfair” crossing where the UP Northwest intersects with Milwaukee North lines.