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(UPI)   Elderly woman forced to crawl under cars to leave her house after CSX parks train in her driveway. Two months ago   (upi.com ) divider line
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2010-02-08 03:23:45 AM  
Not to blame her or anything, but it really does sound like she picked a pretty poor place to live.
 
2010-02-08 03:36:17 AM  
Her house has been there for more than 30 years. I wonder if the tracks were there when her parents bought the house.
 
2010-02-08 03:37:33 AM  
I work in downtown Tampa overnight and was just trying to call CSX over a broken signal that has been going off for hours.

Hahaha. May as well call customer service for the Moon.
 
2010-02-08 03:38:32 AM  
I can sort of understand if they have no other place to move the train to, but you'd think they'd at least uncouple some cars so she can get in and out.
 
2010-02-08 04:10:12 AM  

Confabulat: Hahaha. May as well call customer service for the Moon.United Healthcare


ftfy

I'm pretty sure their system is programmed to drop every 3rd call. I love how their hold music sounds like you're losing cell phone signal and it has random 5 second pauses so you think you're disconnected. Yet the automated voice sounds clear as a bell.
 
2010-02-08 07:29:53 AM  
No "pullin train" jokes...

Slipping people, slipping.
 
2010-02-08 07:35:48 AM  
Dynamite would solve the problem.
 
2010-02-08 07:42:20 AM  
I think at some point you could declare it abandoned property. One car would be a lot of scrap steel. Sure, it'd take a while to carve up, but the emotional satisfaction would be good, too.
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2010-02-08 07:43:29 AM  
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

- Will Rogers
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-02-08 07:44:49 AM  
When new commuter rail service started a Massachusetts family discovered the railroad crossing that provided access to their house was not a legal crossing. The state put up a barrier and they became legally landlocked. Unlike the Florida woman (probably in the best physical shape of her life now) they could drive across neighbors' property to escape.
 
2010-02-08 07:44:59 AM  

okami36: Dynamite would solve the problem.


I assume you mean blowing up her shiatty house that has a grand view, in better times, of empty railroad tracks.

The railroad bought rights of way long before you were born and they'll use their land as they see fit.
 
2010-02-08 07:45:08 AM  
anyone that ever worked for the railroad would know how to move those cars for her. i wish i were there, i would help her.


/30 years on csx
 
2010-02-08 07:46:02 AM  
A train blocking a house. I would have thought it would be a visual thing and might including a picture.

I would imagine, though, that trying to get through the train cars for the last couple of months has made her box car wily.
 
2010-02-08 07:47:04 AM  
FWIW: Other articles say the family's been there 60 years and didn't have a problem before. I can't really tell from aerial photos where this is; looks like there's a goodly number of homes on both sides of the tracks, *maybe*, but with road access both ways.
 
2010-02-08 07:49:41 AM  

GoodyearPimp: okami36: Dynamite would solve the problem.

I assume you mean blowing up her shiatty house that has a grand view, in better times, of empty railroad tracks.

The railroad bought rights of way long before you were born and they'll use their land as they see fit.


I was thinking more of just blowing up one of the cars, you could place the explosives so it wouldn't damage the tracks.
 
2010-02-08 07:52:58 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Her house has been there for more than 30 years. I wonder if the tracks were there when her parents bought the house.


Most likely they were. Don't know if you've noticed, but rail travel hasn't exactly been a booming industry since the interstates started getting built.

stucka: I think at some point you could declare it abandoned property. One car would be a lot of scrap steel. Sure, it'd take a while to carve up, but the emotional satisfaction would be good, too.


Not so much. I seriously doubt that she owns the track, or the easements on either side of it. Ever bump over a really shiatty railroad crossing on a street and wonder why the city/state doesn't fix it? Probably because they don't actually own the property.

As for the train being idle for so long, it means that the stimulus is working well.....goods and services are being produced, and need movement! Or, there's just not enough space anymore in remote areas where they've stowed the other idle trains.
 
2010-02-08 07:54:38 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: A train blocking a house. I would have thought it would be a visual thing and might including a picture.


Pics and video here (new window)
 
2010-02-08 07:55:41 AM  
here she is leaving home

megain.smugmug.com
/clicks
 
2010-02-08 07:56:47 AM  

Dubai Vol: I_Am_Weasel: A train blocking a house. I would have thought it would be a visual thing and might including a picture.

Pics and video here (new window)


beat me to it
 
2010-02-08 07:58:10 AM  
I'd just hook up my tractor and move those gol darn train cars. Yep, I would.
 
2010-02-08 08:04:20 AM  
That's messed up. Don't think, however, that her house only started falling apart part after the train parked there.
 
2010-02-08 08:05:39 AM  
So I began to read the article and my ADD kicked in and I found myself scrolling through the PETA slideshow...
 
2010-02-08 08:06:35 AM  
Colonel Hogan has sent Newkirk, LeBeau and Carter to resolve the problem.
 
2010-02-08 08:07:23 AM  
One more reason why choosing to be poor is a bad move.
 
2010-02-08 08:11:04 AM  
It's her fault for being poor, she should be happy the wealthy train company is even letting her touch the trains.
 
2010-02-08 08:11:29 AM  
I know this sounds bad but looking at it om Google maps I just don't understand how her house could be blocked in with no road access.

area in question (new window)
 
2010-02-08 08:15:04 AM  

nekom: Not to blame her or anything, but it really does sound like she picked a pretty poor place to live.


You are blaming her, you asshole.

I think this guy summed it up well:

pippi longstocking: It's her fault for being poor, she should be happy the wealthy train company is even letting her touch the trains.


She's black too. She should feel exceptionally lucky that she gets to crawl under trains most likely owned by fine upstanding white people, on her way to church.
 
2010-02-08 08:20:52 AM  
I was on the fence about this one, until i watched the video. She doesn't have a driveway, he has a quarter mile of woods and marsh between her and the nearest road, and tracks happen to run through said woods/marsh. The distance between her house and the road is greater than the "detour" she'd have to take to just walk around the parked freight cars.

She also complains that her house is falling apart because the train is blocking repair crews in one breath, then admits that the train has been there for about a month in the next. Houses don't go from solid to falling apart in one month.
 
2010-02-08 08:22:36 AM  

TwistedFark: She's black too. She should feel exceptionally lucky that she gets to crawl under trains most likely owned by fine upstanding white people, on her way to church.


What does that have to do with anything? When you live in a house by train tracks, this is the kind of thing that can happen, doesn't matter what race you are.
 
2010-02-08 08:27:17 AM  

Megain: here she is leaving home


/clicks


Holy geez, I hate to see anyone crawling under trains - stationary or not. The could only end badly
 
2010-02-08 08:27:26 AM  
She should call the fire department. If the cars are blocking a street then CSX can be cited. The fire department probably has more pull that a little old lady.
 
2010-02-08 08:28:37 AM  

mouser_inc: I know this sounds bad but looking at it om Google maps I just don't understand how her house could be blocked in with no road access.

area in question (new window)


i think this is it, look how you have to either cross the tracks or walk up to the neighbors before there is a road

The lot is west of the tracks and south of the acess road, It looks like they just need to finish the acess road to the north.

Link (new window)
 
2010-02-08 08:30:52 AM  
i699.photobucket.com

approves
 
2010-02-08 08:32:43 AM  
i think this is it:
Bing map
 
2010-02-08 08:36:44 AM  
Come on CSX, you should be having that woman arrested for trespassing whenever she crosses the tracks. Don't you care?
 
2010-02-08 08:37:05 AM  

booger42: Megain: here she is leaving home


/clicks

Holy geez, I hate to see anyone crawling under trains - stationary or not. The could only end badly


Can't say that I have crawled under a train, but I have climbed over many.......some that have been moving (at a snails pace). Crawling under one that has the ability to move just sounds like a really bad idea.

\ I'm a Hasher, through and through.
 
2010-02-08 08:40:15 AM  
Unless the train is blocking the Picket street grade crossing, I can't feel any sympathy.

Woman: "La-la-la, here I am trespassing, taking a shortcut cuz I don't want to walk to the crossing or the highway 301 bridge"

CSX "Parkin' mah train"

Woman: "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-"
 
2010-02-08 08:50:53 AM  

SapperInTexas: Unless the train is blocking the Picket street grade crossing, I can't feel any sympathy.

Woman: "La-la-la, here I am trespassing, taking a shortcut cuz I don't want to walk to the crossing or the highway 301 bridge"

CSX "Parkin' mah train"

Woman: "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-"


based on this: jacksonville.com

The only street alongside her property is Newcomb street which is closed. Otherwise, her property is blocked in by other properties. Trespassing either way.
 
2010-02-08 08:53:41 AM  
Google maps link to her property - I don't see any way across nearby.

Link (new window)
 
2010-02-08 08:57:25 AM  
Time to kick over the kerosene heater and see what happens.
 
2010-02-08 08:58:25 AM  

hurdboy: Bathia_Mapes: Her house has been there for more than 30 years. I wonder if the tracks were there when her parents bought the house.

Most likely they were. Don't know if you've noticed, but rail travel hasn't exactly been a booming industry since the interstates started getting built.




Rail travel may not be major anymore,freight hauling still is. Trains haul all kinds of stuff,chemicals,automobiles,and container traffic is major(all the crap you buy at wal-mart has probably been on at least one container train). There are still quite a few freight cars and locomotives in storage due to the recession. I've seen a few around here,we have empty tank cars parked outside of the town I live in on a dead end shortline,and the nearby railroad museum has 300 coal hoppers in storage. Last year they had autoracks,but those are gone.


/rail fan
 
2010-02-08 08:59:54 AM  
Seems like she doesn't have a car, and is walking from her house to the stores (and such) over on Rt 1 (following Pickett St. to get there).
 
2010-02-08 09:03:03 AM  

TwistedFark: nekom: Not to blame her or anything, but it really does sound like she picked a pretty poor place to live.

You are blaming her, you asshole.

I think this guy summed it up well:

pippi longstocking: It's her fault for being poor, she should be happy the wealthy train company is even letting her touch the trains.

She's black too. She should feel exceptionally lucky that she gets to crawl under trains most likely owned by fine upstanding white people, on her way to church.


I'm a white guy who owns shares of CSX and I'm getting a kick...
 
2010-02-08 09:05:22 AM  

Megain: here she is leaving home


Her health is not too good, but at least she has ammo.
 
2010-02-08 09:06:25 AM  
i think this is it, look how you have to either cross the tracks or walk up to the neighbors before there is a road


The lot is west of the tracks and south of the acess road, It looks like they just need to finish the acess road to the north.

Link (new window)


this woman is a victim of lazy ass overindulgent self-rightous railroad management.

This should be investigated by the railroad comission and compensation should be awarded to the victim.

CSX has had for at the very least, TWO MONTHS to 'finish' an access road. Even while knowing about the problem they have delayed in remedying such an egregious lack of adherance to OSHA compliance. Not to mention a wanten disregard for a vulnerable tax paying member of society.

I am sure CSX transportation has the resources (and an easy way to transport them)to complete the access road in about 1/2 of a day's time, and then make it the local saloon.
 
2010-02-08 09:07:54 AM  
FTFA:"My house is falling apart and I can't get anyone to come and make repairs because they won't climb under the train,"

The house started falling completely apart since December 27th? I think this is a little stretch for a dramatic situation. I guess subby's headline fits the over-stretch from the article nicely.
 
2010-02-08 09:19:10 AM  

hurdboy: Bathia_Mapes: Her house has been there for more than 30 years. I wonder if the tracks were there when her parents bought the house.

Most likely they were. Don't know if you've noticed, but rail travel hasn't exactly been a booming industry since the interstates started getting built.

stucka: I think at some point you could declare it abandoned property. One car would be a lot of scrap steel. Sure, it'd take a while to carve up, but the emotional satisfaction would be good, too.

Not so much. I seriously doubt that she owns the track, or the easements on either side of it. Ever bump over a really shiatty railroad crossing on a street and wonder why the city/state doesn't fix it? Probably because they don't actually own the property.

As for the train being idle for so long, it means that the stimulus is working well.....goods and services are being produced, and need movement! Or, there's just not enough space anymore in remote areas where they've stowed the other idle trains.



You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.
 
2010-02-08 09:21:19 AM  
CSX must have been getting a kick out denying this woman access to Emergency Medical Services and public outreach programs. Not to mention the denying her the right to participate in the United States census.
 
2010-02-08 09:24:24 AM  
Well, at least these cars arent full of styrene.
 
2010-02-08 09:25:58 AM  

jw1987: Rail travel may not be major anymore,freight hauling still is. Trains haul all kinds of stuff,chemicals,automobiles,and container traffic is major(all the crap you buy at wal-mart has probably been on at least one container train). There are still quite a few freight cars and locomotives in storage due to the recession. I've seen a few around here,we have empty tank cars parked outside of the town I live in on a dead end shortline,and the nearby railroad museum has 300 coal hoppers in storage. Last year they had autoracks,but those are gone.


Oh, I know freight rail is big. But there hasn't been much line construction at all since the end of WWII. They've done improvements on existing lines to support heavier loads, maybe a bit for higher-speed (up to ~100kph), but that's about it.

I live in an area that's a terminus for a lot of rail traffic (to the port here); in the fifteen years I've been here, I've only seen one new stretch of rail built, and that was just a spur to serve a new Maersk terminal. Older NS tracks that have hardly any use are getting bought up for local mass-transit projects. Up until recently, there were proposals to buy a CSX line and replace it with an Interstate.

It also speaks to why all these high speed passenger rail proposals out of DC cost so much money. While there may be track capacity, hardly any of those tracks are in sufficient shape to support high-speed traffic. "Bu-bu-but they have high-speed trains in Europe!!!!1!" Yes, and their trains don't go clickity-clack, either. That's because the tracks are welded together, instead of bolted like ours are. Oh, and they use concrete ties instead of creosote wood.....
 
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