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    The Baboon That Controlled a Railway for 9 Years
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    The Baboon That Controlled a Railway for 9 Years

    August 10, 2019


    This video was made possible by Ecosia. Start using the search engine that plants
    trees with every search you make at ecosia.co/HAI. Monkey see, monkey do. Baboon see, baboon control a railway used
    by multi-ton trains and thousands of passengers. That’s how it worked in the late 1800’s
    in South Africa. Back in ye olde days radios didn’t exist
    and since trains were loud, you couldn’t just shout at the driver to tell them what
    to do. Therefore, in the 1800s, signals were developed
    as a way to tell incoming trains to stations what to do. At first, lanterns and hand signals were used
    by signalmen to convey the information needed but as technology advanced signals that could
    be controlled by switches and levers were installed to ease the process. These signals were similar to weathervanes
    in that they consisted of fixed posts with movable discs or signage that could be controlled
    via a switch. Various colors meant to stop or go or proceed
    with caution, and there were other vanes on different axes to indicate which tracks to
    pull into once arriving at the stations and various other signs meaning to take it to
    the left, right, to criss-cross, to cha cha now, to cha cha again, and for everybody to
    clap their hands. With the world going loco for locomotives
    at the time tons and tons of signalmen were needed to ensure that the trains stuck to
    schedules, were in working condition, and stuck to the proper tracks. Signalmen, as their names imply, were also
    responsible for operating the levers that would set off the signals for the trains out
    of the signal house. In the 1870s, one of the signalman for the
    Cape Town to Port Elizabeth Mainline Railroad in South Africa was a man named James Wilde. Wilde went by the nickname “Jumper” because
    he had a habit of jumping between the cars that would pass on the tracks and in a totally
    unforeseen and completely unpreventable twist of fate, Jumper once jumped a moving railcar
    and fell under it losing both of his legs in the process. After this, Jumper continued working hobbling
    around on a pair of peg legs although he found himself limited in his ability to signal trains
    proficiently. Not having legs does that. One day at the market, though, Jumper came
    upon a chacma baboon who’d been trained to lead an ox-drawn wagon. Though impressive, its intelligence isn’t
    particularly surprising by today’s standards. We now know that baboons aren’t so different
    from humans in their brain capacity. Baboons can keep schedules, communicate with
    their own language, differentiate between scribbles and the written word, and the University
    of Rochester recently concluded that baboons are actually capable of counting to an extent
    although I’m not sure what all the fuss is about since I’ve been able to do that
    at least since I was double-one or twelve-teen. Jumper begged and begged and finally convinced
    the owner to let him take the baboon and thus the prodigious primate pair was born. The original owner warned Jumper, however,
    that the baboon would refuse to work unless he had been given plenty of brandy to drink. They’re really just like us. The baboon, named Jack, was first taught to
    observe and then respond to certain commands. When Jumper would hold up a certain number
    of fingers, Jack was to pull the corresponding lever. From there, Jack learned that the trains were
    giving similar orders by the number of blats from their whistle. Over time, Jack realized on his known which
    tracks needed which signals and would double-check his own work as he was doing it. He also realized that conductors needed access
    to the coal sheds and would retrieve the key from Jumper unbidden to give to the incoming
    engineers. Now, if your job is replaceable by a monkey
    you really shouldn’t be expecting much job security so surprise surprise both Jack and
    Jumper’s jobs eventually came under threat. Jack was a beloved fixture of the railroad
    until some snobby high-society aristocrat noticed that he was, in fact, a monkey and
    narc’d on the pair. The bosses at the railway were aware that
    Jumper had found an assistant but were totally in the dark about his baboon-ness. After the Cape Town executives launched an
    investigation, they found out the truth about the monkey business. So, naturally, they tried to fire both Jumper
    and Jack. Jumper begged to demonstrate Jack’s cleverness
    and so the rail managers agreed to put him to the test. Jack perfectly performed his signaling abilities,
    even checking both directions to make sure the incoming trains were heading to separate
    tracks at the station. They were so impressed that they made Jack
    an official employee paying him 20 cents a day and half a bottle of beer every week. It’s been said that in the nine years Jack
    worked as a signalman he never made a single mistake, despite being constantly drunk and
    a monkey. Jack became known as “Jack the Signalman”
    and worked and lived with Jumper in a small cottage not far from the signal house. He stayed there and worked for the railroad
    up until his death from tuberculosis in 1890 and his skull is now displayed at a museum
    in Grahamstown, South Africa not far from where he worked. Monkeys can do a lot like play the violin,
    ride bicycles, roller-skate, but what they can’t do is stop the systematic and widespread
    deforestation of their natural habitat. Luckily, you can and you don’t even have
    to spend any money or effort to do it. Ecosia is a nonprofit search engine that uses
    the money generated from advertising to reforest areas including places like Tanzania, Ethiopia,
    and Burkina Faso where there are native baboons. It only takes about 50 searches to plant one
    tree so you can really easily make a difference. Head to ecosia.co/hai to add it to your browser
    so you can start planting trees one search at a time.

    Man found dead near railroad tracks in Durham
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    Man found dead near railroad tracks in Durham

    August 9, 2019


    UNDERSTAND THIS IS A VERY COMPLEX CASE. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG TO GET TO TRIAL. LIVE IN RALEIGH, MAGGIE NEWLAND, CBS 17 NEWS. A BODY NEAR TRAIN TRACKS IN DURHAM LED TO IT A DEATH INVESTIGATION.

    Golden Spike: the Chinese Contribution special report preview (4 p.m.)
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    Golden Spike: the Chinese Contribution special report preview (4 p.m.)

    August 9, 2019


    WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, IT WAS THE LAST THING ON EARTH I EVER DREAMED WOULD HAPPEN. Glen: THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT IN ST. GEORGE WITH ANOTHER SET IN ENTERPRISE NEXT WEEK. WE HAVE THE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE FOR YOU AT www.ABC4.com. Surae: THIS FRIDAY MARKS THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD. HOWEVER, FEW PEOPLE KNOW 15,000 CHINESE WORKERS MADE SIGNIFICANT C CONTRIBUTIONS. Rosie: THE CHINESE CAME TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY TOOK ON THE HARDEST, MOST DANGEROUS JOBS TO BE LEFT OUT OF THE HISTORY BOOKS. OUT OF THE DIFFERENT GROUPS THAT MADE UP THE RAILROAD WORKERS, THE CHINESE WERE PAID THE LEAST. RAILROAD OFFICIALS DIDN’T EVEN KEEP TRACK OF THEM BY THEIR NAMES. WE’VE BEEN CALLING THEM NAMELESS AND FACELESS CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS FOR 150 YEARS. EVEN ON THE PAYROLL WORKERS, THEY PUT EVERYTHING SIMPLIFIED. Rosie: THE MOST ICONIC PHOTO TAKEN AT THE GOLDEN SPIKE TELEVISION CEREMONY IN 1869, NOT ONE CHINESE WORKER WAS PICTURED. TONIGHT AT 10:00, WE’LL HEAR FROM DESCENDANTS FROM CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS ABOUT THEIR ANCESTORS’ LEGACY AND ALLOW THEM TO RETELL HISTORY FROM THEIR

    Maintenance closes Roswell railroad crossings
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    Maintenance closes Roswell railroad crossings

    August 9, 2019


    ROSWELL DRIVERS SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE CLOSURES IN THE COMING WEEKS AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS. Joe Sloan/BNSF spokesman “We )ve been repairing track, that includes rail in some sections, ties in others, re- doing crossings.” B-N-S-F HAS STARTED TRACK MAINTENANCE IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA BETWEEN SECOND AND FIFTH STREETS. WHEN THEY FINISH UP THERE, THEY )LL MOVE SOUTH TOWARD WALNUT, BLAND, AND MCGAFFEY STREETS. THE CITY SAYS THE WORK WILL CONTINUE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 7 A-M TO 4 P-M, UNTIL THE MAINTENANCE IS COMPLETE.

    Chicopee, F.R.A, and Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety
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    Chicopee, F.R.A, and Amtrak police focusing on railroad crossing safety

    August 8, 2019


    AFTER 11 THIS MORNING. MIKE MASCIADRELLI, 22NEWS. DRIVERS ARE SUPPOSED TO STOP WHEN THEY SEE RED LIGHTS FLASHING AT A RAILROAD CROSSING BUT NOT EVERYONE FOLLOWS THOSE RULES. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK WAS AT A RAILROAD CROSSING IN CHICOPEE TODAY WHERE THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION AND LOCAL POLICE REMINDED DRIVERS ABOUT THE DANGERS. WE HAD ONE YOUNGSTER WITH EARBUDS ON HERE IN CHICOPEE WHO GOT HIT AND THROWN. IT’S BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE A 14- YEAR-OLD WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN IN CHICOPEE. HE SURVIVED THE CRASH.. BUT THOUSANDS OF OTHERS DON’T HAVE THE SAME OUTCOME. THIS IS JUST LETTING YOU KNOW, THAT THERE’S A LOT MORE TRAIN ACTIVITY OUT THERE, AND WE DON’T WANT TO SEE ANYBODY GET KILLED. THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINSTRATION AND CHICOPEE POLICE TEAMED UP AT THE PLAINFIELD STREET CROSSING ON MONDAY TO REMIND DRIVERS JUST HOW DANGEROUS THESE CROSSINGS CAN BE. WE’RE JUST HANDING OUT LITTLE BAGS WITH GOODIES IN IT, AND INFORMATINAL CARDS, BASICALLY TO TELL PEOPLE IF THE GATES COME DOWN AND THE LIGHTS COME ON, MAKE SURE TO STOP AND WAIT FOR THE TRAINS TO GO BY. ACCORDING TO AMTRAK A PERSON OR CAR IS HIT BY A TRAIN IN THE UNITED STATES EVERY THREE HOURS, AN ALARMING STATISTIC THAT SHOWS YOU JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO SLOW DOWN WHEN YOU REACH A RAILROAD TRACK, AND STOP YOUR CAR IF YOU SEE RED FLASHING LIGHTS. THERE ARE ABOUT 5,800 CAR-RELATED TRAIN ACCIDENTS EVERY YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE FRA. A MAJORITY OF THOSE CRASHES TAKE PLACE AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS.. WHEN A DRIVER MISJUDGES THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE CAR AND THE TRAIN. WE DON’T WANT A FATALITY, AND IT’S TOO EASY TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THAT TRAIN CATCHES UP TO YOU.. THE DEPTH PERCEPTION, SORT OF LIKE AN AIRLINER COMING IN, YOU THINK IT’S WAY FAR BACK THERE, BUT IN REALITY IT’S NOT. JUST BECAUSE A CONDUCTOR SEES YOU, DOESN’T MEAN THE TRAIN CAN STOP. IT COULD TAKE A TRAIN TRAVELING AT 55 MPH MORE THAN A MILE TO COME TO A COMPLETE STOP. IN CHICOPEE, TS, 22NEWS

    Private investor contributes over 23 million to New Mexico railroads
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    Private investor contributes over 23 million to New Mexico railroads

    August 8, 2019


    MAKING A MAJOR INVESTMENT IN NEW MEXICO. ITS ) FIXING UP THE RAIL LINES TO MAKE SURE VERY IMPORTANT CARGO MAKES IT IN AND OUT OF THE STATE QUICKLY — AND SAFELY. NEWS 13 )S ALLISON MARTINEZ HAS THE STORY FROM CARRIZOZO. IMPROVING RAILROAD TRACKS COMES AT A COST. Jeff DeGraff/Union Pacific We do this work so that the tracks can stay firm and more stable so the trains can run on them UNION PACIFIC HAS INVESTED MORE THAN 23 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR TO IMPROVE THE RAIL LINE IN NEW MEXICO. INSTALLING MORE THAN 55- THOUSANDTONS OF ROCK BALLAST AND REPLACING MORE THAN 116- THOUSAND RAILROAD TIES. Jeff DeGraff/Union Pacific This will help us stay ahead of problems, maintain efficiency so that we can deliver good customer service and also be responsible members of the community THE RAILROAD HAS LONG BEEN A VITAL PART OF THE STATE …. DATING BACK TO THE LATE 18 HUNREDS. TODAY IT STILL EMPLOYS THOUSANDS IN NEW MEXICO.. RESIDENTS ARE HAPPY TO SEE THE INVESTMENT Robert Lucero/Carrizozo resident I think it )s good for a couple of things, I think the railroad is important for the transport of cargo and a lot of commerce in the country and a lot of it goes through new Mexico THE BIGGEST PART OF THIS PROJECT IS IN ON THE TRACKS BETWEEN CARRIZOZO AND FORT BLISS Joseph Sullivan/ Carrizozo resident Most people don )t even realize how important the railroads are standup The companies goal is to increase safety and efficiency without having to use taxpayer dollars because every penny comes from private investment Victor Padilla/Las Cruces Resident “I think it )s a good think because the government only has so much money and a private investor can add so much more of his personal touches, the government is only going to do so much” IN CARRIZOZO ALLISON MARTINEZ KRQE NEWS 13. UNION PACIFIC HAS MORE THAN 600 MILES OF TRACK IN NEW MEXICO. AMONG THE MATERIALS THEY TRANSPORT, ROAD MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, AUTO PARTS AND GENERAL HOUSHOLD ITEMS.