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Old 12-25-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Here is a question. How many people would pull up to a red light, look both ways, see that the traffic is a distance away, but figures they can make it, and then zips through the red light? I bet you, very few people would do this. Why the flipflop would people do that same with a train crossing. Isn't a red light a red light? One of these days, I am going to crunch a vehicle like a tin can, because the close calls are getting closer and closer. I am just hoping that no kids are inside. END OF RANT!
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:22 PM   #2
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It's a shame that some people disregard warnings and jeopardize their safety. There is an old saying which holds true, that you just can't fix stupid!
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:40 PM   #4
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I would never do this if a train can be seen in the distance...regardless of how far or near it is....but what if you pull up and the lights are flashing and there is no train...for as far as the eye can see? That happens on occasion, not often mind you...but has been known to happen. Are you gonna sit there all day when it is very obvious there is no train?
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Old 12-25-2014, 04:50 PM   #5
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Here is a question. How many people would pull up to a red light, look both ways, see that the traffic is a distance away, but figures they can make it, and then zips through the red light? I bet you, very few people would do this. Why the flipflop would people do that same with a train crossing. Isn't a red light a red light? One of these days, I am going to crunch a vehicle like a tin can, because the close calls are getting closer and closer. I am just hoping that no kids are inside. END OF RANT!
Trains hitting vehicles and pedestrians both are a fairly common occurrence here in the DFW area. Most of trains are the local light rail types,but trains never the less.

The trains always win.
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I would never do this if a train can be seen in the distance...regardless of how far or near it is....but what if you pull up and the lights are flashing and there is no train...for as far as the eye can see? That happens on occasion, not often mind you...but has been known to happen. Are you gonna sit there all day when it is very obvious there is no train?
What if there are crossbars down - are you just going to take them out?

Just asking you RR guys,but isn't there some sort of signal sending system to a RR office if the lights are flashing with no train coming?
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Old 12-25-2014, 09:34 PM   #7
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What if there are crossbars down - are you just going to take them out?

Just asking you RR guys,but isn't there some sort of signal sending system to a RR office if the lights are flashing with no train coming?
Not that I am aware of. It geta called in, and they immediately put a restriction on the crossing until it is fixed. We are not allowed to go more than 15 over the crossing, using caution.

A lot of times when they are stuck on, it is either a broken wire or someone is steeling the bonding wires on older track.
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I get the honors to stop a EVERY RR crossing with my school bus. I even stop at the RR crossing that has trees growing between the rails. So by habit I slow down every crossing with my own TV.
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Not that I am aware of. It geta called in, and they immediately put a restriction on the crossing until it is fixed. We are not allowed to go more than 15 over the crossing, using caution.

A lot of times when they are stuck on, it is either a broken wire or someone is steeling the bonding wires on older track.
So who calls the problem in?

Never thought about it before,but are those tracks bonded together and that's how the signal gets sent to the lights?
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If it's anything like model railroading, there's a section of rail electrically isolated, with wiring attached to it, that when the loco and following consist cross it, the electrical current flows through the train's axles from one side to the other and activates the signal. But IDK if that's how real RRs work today, I believe most signals are radio activated from the train's loco and deactivated by the ETD on the final car...? Chooch???

And yes, trying to beat the train is always a losing proposition...
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