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Railroad Crossing temptation.
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mud    Posted 02-09-2005 at 07:28:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
My father worked on the PR &R for nearly 40 years.
His worse wrecks (fatalities) involved people trying to beat the train to a crossing. They would chase alongside the train, and gain on it, make a hard right angle turn up over a crossing and WHAM. Big hurry ended fast. He said the train would often push the car a 1/2 mile before it could get stopped, especially the coal trains.


mark    Posted 02-09-2005 at 09:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
that pic. I posted below we were doing only 30
when we hit that truck and I believe we were
roughly only 16,000 tons of grain. It took us 3/4
of a mile to stop and we had dumped the air
before we hit the truck.



bob ny    Posted 02-09-2005 at 09:19:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
don't that make square wheels out of round ones


mark    Posted 02-09-2005 at 09:24:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
loads, not as bad but an mt it'll put nice flat
spots on em. It'll do a number on engine
wheels too if you forget to bail


Bernie in MA    Posted 02-09-2005 at 08:27:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've zigzaged thru the gates a few times, but the view up the tracks in both directions is almost half a mile. There is only one track and they're usually going about 10 MPH. I've waited about 10 minutes for a freight to go by more than once.


mark    Posted 02-09-2005 at 08:59:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
One day working a local to a gravel pit we
came back to town with about 30 loads.
Speed through town is 10, an elderly gent who
said he didn't know a train was coming went
around a line of cars, ignored the horn and
flashing lights and we tagged him in the
passenger's side back door.

At 10 the impact blew all the windows out of
his car spun him 50 - 75 feet away from the
track and buckled the car so bad his front
bumper was cracked. Took half an hour to get
the guy out of the car, not because he was
pinned but because he wouldn't let go of the
steering wheel. Lucky for him we didn't hit
dead center or we would have shoved him into
a river instead of spinning him out of the way.


Bernie in MA    Posted 02-09-2005 at 09:20:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know you're just as dead at 10 as you are at 100. I knew I had plenty of time unless the truck stalled. For that reason I never shift until I'm across.


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