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Old 12-27-2014, 01:51 PM   #31
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Here where I live the RR and the police department get together and have a sting where they take a Engine and run up and down the main line and catch people running the signals or stopping on the tracks at the light. They put it on the news and people that don't know the laws tend to learn real quick. They do this every year and they catch over a hundred people every time and every year we get less accidents of car versus trains.....
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:46 PM   #32
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Here where I live the RR and the police department get together and have a sting where they take a Engine and run up and down the main line and catch people running the signals or stopping on the tracks at the light. They put it on the news and people that don't know the laws tend to learn real quick. They do this every year and they catch over a hundred people every time and every year we get less accidents of car versus trains.....
That's very interesting - I never heard of that being done in the DFW area.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:49 PM   #33
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:57 PM   #34
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There are new crossing technology that is being implemented when a crossing gets updated. I know of an incident at this one crossing, where the engineer messed up by releasing the brakes early on a downhill before going uphill. Train was built where the loads were in the back, so he under estimated what his train would do. This is on 10 MPH track. He hit the crossing at 17 and it sent a signal to the office that the crossing may be having issues, because the gates were not down long enough before the train was going across the road. But, there are very few of these crossings, as they are only being put in when an update is needed, mostly due to a major project on the road.
Thanks to you and all the other RR employees and members here who have taken the time to reply to the RR questions.

I found it very interesting.
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Old 12-27-2014, 08:36 PM   #35
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I use to work at a GM plant in London Ontario where we built a lot of the locos that are running today, just west of the plant was a very active line and it was very close to a junction controlled by lights and even though these people new both the size and power of a loco they would stop on the tracks and wait for the lights to change, it was a miracle that no one was ever hit. I always feel sorry for the engineer and conductor of these trains because they don't get to take any action other than applying brakes that may take a mile to stop, my son is an engineer for CN and does counselling for the crews of these accidents and the other ones 'suicide by locomotive' which is quite common and can be devastating to the crew.
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Old 12-29-2014, 12:50 AM   #36
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Here where I live the RR and the police department get together and have a sting where they take a Engine and run up and down the main line and catch people running the signals or stopping on the tracks at the light. They put it on the news and people that don't know the laws tend to learn real quick. They do this every year and they catch over a hundred people every time and every year we get less accidents of car versus trains.....
That is actually a really good idea, especially since there are so many tracks in this area of nc.
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Old 12-29-2014, 05:06 AM   #37
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The possible problem today is there are too many people who seemingly "just don't care" about rules and/or laws. They do whatever they please and are oblivious to the consequences.
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Old 12-29-2014, 06:14 AM   #38
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Here where I live the RR and the police department get together and have a sting where they take a Engine and run up and down the main line and catch people running the signals or stopping on the tracks at the light. They put it on the news and people that don't know the laws tend to learn real quick. They do this every year and they catch over a hundred people every time and every year we get less accidents of car versus trains.....
They do the same around here every now and again. Here was the latest in October with video:

http://www.myarklamiss.com/story/d/s...lEuMRaZe0bXprA

We also have an active Operation Lifesaver chapter around here that publicizes train safety pretty frequently.

http://oli.org/
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I can say I'm almost paranoid about RR crossings, which goes back to my teenage years (30+ years ago). At that time, there was this one crossing that I had to go thru between my job and home. It didn't have gates then (but they have been installed now).

Anyway I had worked late one night and was heading home. I don't know if I was just tired, zoned out listening to the radio, young and dumb, or what..........but this one time I didn't stop at the crossing to look....like I had so many times before. I just went right thru the crossing, and remember looking to my left as I was dead center of the crossing, and there being a light almost in my window. I just closed my eyes, gripped the steering wheel, and I 'think' floored the accelerator pedal.

When I did reopen my eyes, I glanced in the rearview mirror and could see the train cars passing in front of the headlights of the vehicle that had been behind me, and it was a fast train. I'm not sure when I started breathing again, but I think I fogged up my truck windows when I did finally exhale.

30 years later I still go thru that crossing twice a day, and even though there are now gates at the crossing...I stop way back and look both ways. I'm not even sure my mind is what makes me stop, or it's more of my rear end having a memory of that night and takes control of my leg to hit the brake, as it doesn't ever want to be clinched that tight again. I believe I may have pooped a diamond or two out later that evening.
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I just went right thru the crossing, and remember looking to my left as I was dead center of the crossing, and there being a light almost in my window.
Yeah I know that feeling - one day about 20 years ago I was crossing tracks that didn't have the arms that come down. Bright sunny day. Red lights were flashing but I was wearing green tinted sunglasses .... if you didn't know, green lenses prevent red light from being seen. I was in the middle of the tracks when I saw the train less than 20' feet from my door. I have literally never been so scared in my life, or ever since.

Nor have I ever worn green tinted sunglasses ever again.
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