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Old 10-20-2015, 08:47 AM   #1
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Temps dropped into the low 30’s over the weekend so that’s my indication to take the Silverback out one last time and winterize it. I reserved a full hookup campsite at Trail of Tears State Park near Jackson, MO for the task and arrived yesterday.

We have visited this park in the past but have never taken our RV there. OMG, I remembered the campground being next to the Mississippi but totally forgot about the railroad tracks. The tracks aren’t more than 100 feet from the rear of our campsite. Worse yet, I didn’t realize there is a protected grade crossing less than 100 yards from our campsite. Two longs, a short, and a long, oh yeah, train horns can be so soothing…NOT!!

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Fortunately, no trains came by after 11:00 PM. And here I thought the trains at Goshen were loud.

Funny thing, we arrived at the campsite and when I checked my phone app to see which direction I should point the TV antenna, it had our location as Mountain Home, Idaho. All of my apps and the phone itself showed me in Idaho. I tried everything including turning the phone completely off and turning on the phone GPS and it still wouldn’t change our location. Finally in the evening, as we sat around our campfire, the smart phone finally had our location as Jackson, MO.

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The conspiracy theorist in me is trying to tell me we were in a military satellite test area that was sending a signal that confused cell tower and GPS signals in the area.
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:52 AM   #2
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Cool love trains looks like that would be good to train watch, and Goshen was interesting as all the trains they ran. Curious as you said protected crossing did you mean lights and gates? Later RJD
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Old 10-20-2015, 08:59 AM   #3
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Temps dropped into the low 30’s over the weekend so that’s my indication to take the Silverback out one last time and winterize it. I reserved a full hookup campsite at Trail of Tears State Park near Jackson, MO for the task and arrived yesterday.

We have visited this park in the past but have never taken our RV there. OMG, I remembered the campground being next to the Mississippi but totally forgot about the railroad tracks. The tracks aren’t more than 100 feet from the rear of our campsite. Worse yet, I didn’t realize there is a protected grade crossing less than 100 yards from our campsite. Two longs, a short, and a long, oh yeah, train horns can be so soothing…NOT!!

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Fortunately, no trains came by after 11:00 PM. And here I thought the trains at Goshen were loud.

Funny thing, we arrived at the campsite and when I checked my phone app to see which direction I should point the TV antenna, it had our location as Mountain Home, Idaho. All of my apps and the phone itself showed me in Idaho. I tried everything including turning the phone completely off and turning on the phone GPS and it still wouldn’t change our location. Finally in the evening, as we sat around our campfire, the smart phone finally had our location as Jackson, MO.

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The conspiracy theorist in me is trying to tell me we were in a military satellite test area that was sending a signal that confused cell tower and GPS signals in the area.
Better get a roll of tin foil out just in case they are actually reprogramming peoples brains with Yodeling music!
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:04 AM   #4
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I learned one thing at a RR crossing in the UP of Mich! The W on the signs Before a crossing Means Whistle,Not WEST! Youroo!!
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Funny thing, we arrived at the campsite and when I checked my [COLOR=red]phone[/COLOR] app to see which direction I should point the TV antenna, it had our location as Mountain Home, Idaho. All of my apps and the phone itself showed me in Idaho. I tried everything including turning the phone completely off and turning on the phone GPS and it still wouldn’t change our location. Finally in the evening, as we sat around our campfire, the smart phone finally had our location as Jackson, MO.

Ahh, I was wondering if it was a "dumb phone!
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:31 AM   #6
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Cool love trains looks like that would be good to train watch, and Goshen was interesting as all the trains they ran. Curious as you said protected crossing did you mean lights and gates? Later RJD
No gates but lights and bells. The crossing itself is currently out of commission since it is being repaired.

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The road doesn't get much use anyway since it only leads to a boat ramp for the Mississippi. Currently the Mississippi River is so low the ramp isn't in the water.

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Old 10-20-2015, 10:33 AM   #7
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Hmmmm, once again my smart phone and the apps no longer think I'm in MO. Now it has me in Goshen, IN. Very strange, I've never had my phone do this until now.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:24 AM   #8
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Trains MUST whistle 2 longs a short and a long at EVERY road crossing.

Succession of short sounds The whistle is sounded in an attempt to attract attention to the train. It is used when persons or livestock are on the track at other-than-road crossings at grade.
= When train is stopped. The air brakes are applied and pressure is equalized.
= = Train releases brakes and proceeds.
o o Acknowledgment of any signal not otherwise provided for.
o o o When train is stopped: means backing up, or acknowledgment of a hand signal to back up.
o o o o A request for a signal to be given or repeated if not understood.
= o o o Instruction for flagman to protect rear of train.
= = = = The flagman may return from west or south.
= = = = = The flagman may return from east or north.
= = o = Train is approaching public crossings at grade with engine in front. Signal starts not less than 15 seconds but not more than 20 seconds before reaching the crossing. If movement is 45 mph or greater, signal starts at or about the crossing sign, but not more than 1/4 mile before the crossing if there is no sign. Signal is prolonged or repeated until the engine completely occupies the crossing(s).

In addition, this signal is used when approaching private crossings if pedestrians or motor vehicles are at or near the crossing. (In the states of California, Idaho and Montana, the whistle is sounded at all crossings, public and private.)

o = Inspect the brake system for leaks or sticking brakes.
= o Train is approaching men or equipment on or near the track, regardless of any whistle prohibitions.

After this initial warning, "o o" sounds intermittently until the head end of train has passed the men or equipment.
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Trains MUST whistle 2 longs a short and a long at EVERY road crossing.

Succession of short sounds The whistle is sounded in an attempt to attract attention to the train. It is used when persons or livestock are on the track at other-than-road crossings at grade.
= When train is stopped. The air brakes are applied and pressure is equalized.
= = Train releases brakes and proceeds.
o o Acknowledgment of any signal not otherwise provided for.
o o o When train is stopped: means backing up, or acknowledgment of a hand signal to back up.
o o o o A request for a signal to be given or repeated if not understood.
= o o o Instruction for flagman to protect rear of train.
= = = = The flagman may return from west or south.
= = = = = The flagman may return from east or north.
= = o = Train is approaching public crossings at grade with engine in front. Signal starts not less than 15 seconds but not more than 20 seconds before reaching the crossing. If movement is 45 mph or greater, signal starts at or about the crossing sign, but not more than 1/4 mile before the crossing if there is no sign. Signal is prolonged or repeated until the engine completely occupies the crossing(s).

In addition, this signal is used when approaching private crossings if pedestrians or motor vehicles are at or near the crossing. (In the states of California, Idaho and Montana, the whistle is sounded at all crossings, public and private.)

o = Inspect the brake system for leaks or sticking brakes.
= o Train is approaching men or equipment on or near the track, regardless of any whistle prohibitions.

After this initial warning, "o o" sounds intermittently until the head end of train has passed the men or equipment.
Wrong. New FRA rules have changed in areas now that have quiet zones. Only certain crossings are fall into the no quiet zones. This includes all states. Later RJD
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:42 AM   #10
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Wrong. New FRA rules have changed in areas now that have quiet zones. Only certain crossings are fall into the no quiet zones. This includes all states. Later RJD
Not too many considering the number of crossings in the US. It does take a lot to get a crossing designated a "Quiet zone".
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