Railroads and Y2k (April, 1998)

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(Note: The following is a copy of a posting on the discussion forum at http://www.euy2k.com (Electric Utilities and the Year 2000) web site. While "secong-hand" information (not directly from someone working on the problem to here), and its validity can't be verified, it seems worth noting. Take it for what it's worth... B.)

From: Greg Griffin [gsgriffin@aol.com]
Subject: Response to railroad vulnerability
Date: 1998-04-16 10:59:59

I spoke yesterday for quite some time with the president of Fort Worth Technologies. They are involved in the reprogramming efforts related to Y2K. Their largest client happens to be Burlinton Northern/Santa Fe. He relayed to me that this railroad company supplies 80% of this nations fuel and coal.

In their effort to fix their code, they were on schedule to complete their task prior to 2000. In the past two years they completed 10 mil lines of code and in the last couple of months discovered an additional 33 million lines of code. This now puts them 2 years behind in completion. The entire company realizes that there is no hope in finishing this code. The president just sold his house and doesn't know where he's going, but he knows what the future holds...and it doesn't look good.

-- Bill (billdale@lakesnet.net), April 22, 1998

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