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Surprise!
« on: March 14, 2019, 03:03:54 PM »
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And this, kids, is why you can't trust the lights and gates: https://gfycat.com/amusedlameghostshrimp-activebitchface-atlanta


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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 03:34:46 PM »
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2019, 04:41:15 PM »
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I've heard other stories of the same problem at this or other crossings on this line.

CN has a similar problem on the ex-IC north of Champaign, diagnosed to short/light trains above a certain speed not tripping the crossing circuits. As a consequence, the state-sponsored trains with the lightweight cars are required to have at least seven cars, which they run as four revenue cars and three unused baggage cars as filler, and restricted to 70 mph in the problem area.
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2019, 06:29:13 PM »
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This was covered in an older post. It happened in the city I work for and I was out plowing that day. It was a pretty heavy storm and those gates were malfunctioning. A Utah transit employee came out to fix them and raised the gates with out checking dispatch first. Luckily no one was hurt, but the UTA guy did lose his job.
Coincidentally the video was recorded by one of our cops and he was involved in a chase that ended at this crossing when the lady running from the cops got hit by not one but two trains. She lived but broke her arm. He would have been hit also if it wasn't for the other officer telling at him to get out of the way
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2019, 08:56:41 PM »
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This was covered in an older post. It happened in the city I work for and I was out plowing that day. It was a pretty heavy storm and those gates were malfunctioning. A Utah transit employee came out to fix them and raised the gates with out checking dispatch first. Luckily no one was hurt, but the UTA guy did lose his job.
Coincidentally the video was recorded by one of our cops and he was involved in a chase that ended at this crossing when the lady running from the cops got hit by not one but two trains. She lived but broke her arm. He would have been hit also if it wasn't for the other officer telling at him to get out of the way

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2019, 09:11:46 PM »
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And this, kids, is why you can't trust the lights and gates: https://gfycat.com/amusedlameghostshrimp-activebitchface-atlanta
This version of the video shows that the lights and gates start working well after the train passes (unless there is another train approaching).


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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2019, 09:33:37 PM »
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Reason why you should always expect a train

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2019, 12:08:45 AM »
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Here's the other video. I guess technically the lady hit the first train since it was already occupying the crossing.

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2019, 09:02:29 AM »
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I guess there is a safety advantage to being a model railroader (or a foamer) - - I always look both ways at every crossing, hoping to see a train.

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2019, 11:07:30 AM »
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I guess there is a safety advantage to being a model railroader (or a foamer) - - I always look both ways at every crossing, hoping to see a train.

And if we see one coming, we pull over and wait instead of trying to beat the gate.  :D

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2019, 12:24:25 PM »
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I remember there was an orange car out west where a truck was pushing him into a train.

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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2019, 06:45:15 PM »
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Am wondering why he just didn’t get out the car?
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 10:09:40 PM »
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I guess there is a safety advantage to being a model railroader (or a foamer) - - I always look both ways at every crossing, hoping to see a train.

Yup, definitely a bonus survival impulse.
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2019, 06:58:03 PM »
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Am wondering why he just didn’t get out the car?

Because it would have made the movie too short.
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Re: Surprise!
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2019, 11:43:02 PM »
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This was covered in an older post. It happened in the city I work for and I was out plowing that day. It was a pretty heavy storm and those gates were malfunctioning. A Utah transit employee came out to fix them and raised the gates with out checking dispatch first. Luckily no one was hurt, but the UTA guy did lose his job.
Coincidentally the video was recorded by one of our cops and he was involved in a chase that ended at this crossing when the lady running from the cops got hit by not one but two trains. She lived but broke her arm. He would have been hit also if it wasn't for the other officer telling at him to get out of the way
It has nothing to do with contacting the dispatcher. when theres a crossing warning maulfunction, the DS should have already ordered a stop and protect on the crossing as theyre the first person contacted by the call desk, even before the maintainer.
Scenario 1 is the maintainer was being a dumbass and acting as a human XR to clear traffic by jumpering up the crossing without protection of any sorts. hes a dumbass for what he did if thats what caused it.
Scenario 2 has to do with plow drivers salting over the railroad crossings and causing our crossing circuits to read high and not even see an approaching train. yes, this is a real thing and as a plow driver, i hope you have been told to not salt over railroad tracks.

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