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Old 12-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy You will never win

I was in a career many years ago where I saw too much of this. I never saw a Jeep that tried to beat a train to the crossing though.

Be careful people, the train always wins.


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Old 12-02-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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I dont think there are too many vehicles that can win a game of train chicken...
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:46 PM   #4
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Yep, this reminds me of a statement an instructer gave us years ago in a Rail Road safety class in Patrol School.

"How much time do you gain by waiting for the train." His answer "The rest of your life"

On a side note anyone notice that the roll bars and window frame at the A pillars are still intact and retain thier shape in the pic?
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
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Wow good structure. That's probably why my Farmers agent said the new 2013 JKUR will be $285/ 6 months cheaper than my 2000 Toyota Tundra.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:53 PM   #6
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I hate how they put it on the railroad. We don't make them race the train. We just have to live with it when it happens.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:01 PM   #7
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I would hate to be the conductor who had to watch a family die in front of him while he had to just sit and watch it happen. What's 2 min but more time to pause.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:18 PM   #8
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Very sad situation. I wish people could just slow down a little and think.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
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I watched as 2 kids on a 185cc motorcycle try to run a train once, at the very last second he nailed the brakes and stopped 2 seconds AFTER the front of the train went past and right as it went past they were SO close that something on the train hit the front tire on the bike and it knocked them over. Scared the crap outta me!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #10
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Reminds me of the people by my High School who go to pickup their kids at the Elementary school across the train tracks. They SIT on the tracks in line to pickup their kids everyday. It is amazing what people will do to save a couple seconds.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #12
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"Being safely maintained and monitored" Oh yea, damn conductor driving too fast what was he thinking. Couldn't he see that Jeep and hit the brakes 3 miles before the intersection.
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"Being safely maintained and monitored" Oh yea, damn conductor driving too fast what was he thinking. Couldn't he see that Jeep and hit the brakes 3 miles before the intersection.
That's just it. There are no warning lights or sirens that go off in the train when there is someone on the tracks. Most of the time you are moving at a good speed with a lot of weight and would need a good 2 miles to bring it to a safe stop. People race the trains all the time. It's not the conductors fault or engineers when they hit a vehicle. There are gates and flashing lights to tell people we are coming. Plus we blow our horn and bell 100 yards before the crossing. People need to be patient. Even a train with 150 cars or almost 2 miles long will clear a crossing in 5 mins at 50 mph.
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That's just it. There are no warning lights or sirens that go off in the train when there is someone on the tracks. Most of the time you are moving at a good speed with a lot of weight and would need a good 2 miles to bring it to a safe stop. People race the trains all the time. It's not the conductors fault or engineers when they hit a vehicle. There are gates and flashing lights to tell people we are coming. Plus we blow our horn and bell 100 yards before the crossing. People need to be patient. Even a train with 150 cars or almost 2 miles long will clear a crossing in 5 mins at 50 mph.
untill they stop and block the crossing for what seems like 30 minutes or more then back up and change direction again, before finally letting the cars pass after a long wait.... still agree waiting is the right thing to do, just saying. trains don't seem to care about blocking the crossings around my work.
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untill they stop and block the crossing for what seems like 30 minutes or more then back up and change direction again, before finally letting the cars pass after a long wait.... still agree waiting is the right thing to do, just saying. trains don't seem to care about blocking the crossings around my work.

YEAH! Shame on these trains. Why cant they do a three point turn like normal vehicles?
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YEAH! Shame on these trains. Why cant they do a three point turn like normal vehicles?
because trains run on tracks, I thought everyone knew that.
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untill they stop and block the crossing for what seems like 30 minutes or more then back up and change direction again, before finally letting the cars pass after a long wait.... still agree waiting is the right thing to do, just saying. trains don't seem to care about blocking the crossings around my work.
Yea I have gotten the finger or choice words while working on the train. Sometimes we need to line switches or there are problems. I try by best not to keep it blocked for long. Some conductors don't care.
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That's just it. There are no warning lights or sirens that go off in the train when there is someone on the tracks. Most of the time you are moving at a good speed with a lot of weight and would need a good 2 miles to bring it to a safe stop. People race the trains all the time. It's not the conductors fault or engineers when they hit a vehicle. There are gates and flashing lights to tell people we are coming. Plus we blow our horn and bell 100 yards before the crossing. People need to be patient. Even a train with 150 cars or almost 2 miles long will clear a crossing in 5 mins at 50 mph.
I know bro, i was being sarcastic. Im with the train guys there doing there job and if a guy decides to play chicken its his fault.
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I know bro, i was being sarcastic. Im with the train guys there doing there job and if a guy decides to play chicken its his fault.
It wasn't directed to you. It was more for the caption under the picture. They were putting it on the train company. Like it's unsafe to run a train. Like you said it's the people that take the chance.
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untill they stop and block the crossing for what seems like 30 minutes or more then back up and change direction again, before finally letting the cars pass after a long wait.... still agree waiting is the right thing to do, just saying. trains don't seem to care about blocking the crossings around my work.
Well I know in PA, the conducter can and will get a fine if he blocks the intersection for more than 15 minutes; I have seen it happen!

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Yea I have gotten the finger or choice words while working on the train. Sometimes we need to line switches or there are problems. I try by best not to keep it blocked for long. Some conductors don't care.
I hate people that literally CAN NOT wait. It's a job, and you're not purposly sitting in the road, you're doing it so that you can get the appropriate set of cars connected/disconnected.
I work at a r.r. tie plant and our yard is "connected" with the B&P and CN rail yard, so I constantly see the B&P engines going back and forth, and these situations happen all the time..

I once saw a kid texting while he was driving and run right into the side of the second engine!!!! Lucky for him he saw it at the last second and only did minimal damages to his truck but still it was entirely too close for comfort.. He actually hit the fuel tank but since he jammed his brakes and was doing about 5 mph he didnt cause any damage to the train and was just pulled off of the road..
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I personally have never gotten a fine yet. I also try to keep traffic moving when I can. I did block a road in New Jersey for 2 hrs. Had some problems. Took me that long to walk the train, 136 cars, and then fix the problem. No fine though.
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must be a PA law then.. and also that seems like it would be an acception to the law

just out of curiosity, what company do you work for?
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must be a PA law then.. and also that seems like it would be an acception to the law

just out of curiosity, what company do you work for?
Jersey has it too. Like you stated somethings are an exception. Can't help a train breaking down. I work for Norfolk Southern in Pa. Only a year and a half.
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Jersey has it too. Like you stated somethings are an exception. Can't help a train breaking down. I work for Norfolk Southern in Pa. Only a year and a half.
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There is always track work going on. Makes me money though with the overtime. That's pretty funny though. Never would have thought I'd run into someone who also works with the railroad on this forum. Small world.
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There is always track work going on. Makes me money though with the overtime. That's pretty funny though. Never would have thought I'd run into someone who also works with the railroad on this forum. Small world.
Yeah, I agree! It keeps us in business lol! Your bridge pieces you guys order are a Bitch though!
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I was stopped at a marked crossing with flashers and arms and dingers etc a bunch of years ago, and I saw a car casually drive right by me at about 40kph into the side of the train. It wasn't going very fast either (about the same speed.)
It dragged his car a few 100 feet down the tracks and mostly ripped the front end off it! The most amazing part was the driver jumped out when it stopped, and was cursing and swearing saying 'where the he%% did that come from'! lol... The only damage I saw to the train as a ladder was bent about 6" but would have still been totally usable. What a putz, he got real lucky that day!, lol...
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I was stopped at a marked crossing with flashers and arms and dingers etc a bunch of years ago, and I saw a car casually drive right by me at about 40kph into the side of the train. It wasn't going very fast either (about the same speed.)
It dragged his car a few 100 feet down the tracks and mostly ripped the front end off it! The most amazing part was the driver jumped out when it stopped, and was cursing and swearing saying 'where the he%% did that come from'! lol... The only damage I saw to the train as a ladder was bent about 6" but would have still been totally usable. What a putz, he got real lucky that day!, lol...
I love idiots who don't see the bright ass colored trains..
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I love idiots who don't see the bright ass colored trains..
...or the many many flashing lights on the 30' arms between them, or me stopped in the one lane, etc etc
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I mean come on, how in the hell do you miss something THAT FRICKEN BIG????

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