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2013-05-12 12:39:26 AM
The trick is to wear earbuds but don't have any audio playing. It helps you look cool but still keep your wits about you at all times.
 
2013-05-12 12:39:32 AM
not so csb time...

I damn near did the exact same thing about 2 years ago.  I've got a pair of Westones that fit into my ears so well I could fire a gun and really not hear a thing.  Was walking down the railroad tracks picking up pieces of coal for some photography I was going to do and turned around to see the tell-tale headlights of the train.  Had plenty of time to get out of the way, but I had been crossing back and forth over both sides of the track.

Got lucky.
 
2013-05-12 12:40:29 AM
Probably put em in the body bag with a shovel.
 
2013-05-12 12:40:41 AM
I live close to 1 mile away from a train track and I can hear them blow their whistles while approaching a crossing. How does one zone out that badly?
 
2013-05-12 12:43:16 AM
Train horns are frickin loud! Guy must have had his music cranked up high. Or he was listening to his "train sounds" mp3.
 
2013-05-12 12:43:53 AM
This same thing happened to some teenager in my town like a month ago. So sad, but at the same time, so preventable.
 
2013-05-12 12:45:23 AM
Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?
 
2013-05-12 12:46:56 AM
You'd think he'd have felt the vibration of the tracks and ties in plenty of time to realize something was up.
 
2013-05-12 12:48:19 AM
Not again, how many people have to die before we regulate these sneaky trains, maybe a law to force them to follow a set route on a schedule or something,  mark the route with some raised lines and force the trains to keep a spotlight shining ahead as a warning, and have a loud bell, whistle, or horn something to warn the unsuspecting public that one of these stealth killers is nearby...
 
2013-05-12 12:50:36 AM
And you'll never guess what song he was listening to! Hey Soul Sister
 
2013-05-12 12:50:49 AM

Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?


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Maybe going down to the route 136 bridge would have added 10 miles to the hike.
 
2013-05-12 12:53:31 AM
dopekitty74: You'd think he'd have felt the vibration of the tracks and ties in plenty of time to realize something was up.

you'd think, but clearly you are wrong.  so, umm, thanks for playing.
 
2013-05-12 12:53:46 AM
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/RIP another pedestrian who thinks that trains can just stop instantly and that tracks are just a lumpy public sidewalk.
 
2013-05-12 12:55:27 AM
We used to do this as a short cut all the time, you can feel the vibrations and sound usually, but off the beaten path they come up on you really fast and if you have head phones in its really quick especially the amtracks
 
2013-05-12 12:59:26 AM
At least he died doing what he loved
 
2013-05-12 01:01:06 AM
Think of it as evolution in action.
 
2013-05-12 01:06:24 AM

BlackMtnMan: Think of it as evolution in action.


Oath of Fealty FTW
 
2013-05-12 01:07:25 AM
At that point, you're there, but you're not there.

And immediately thereafter, you will not be here.
 
2013-05-12 01:08:23 AM

you are a puppet: And you'll never guess what song he was listening to! Hey Soul Sister


I was going to go with Hangman Jury
 
2013-05-12 01:10:05 AM
No sympathy. If you are going to walk on the tracks, you need to be observant of your surroundings. Even with headphones on, you should have a clear line of sight for many miles to see it coming. PERHAPS going around a sharp corner, but if the corner is that sharp the train its probably going fairly slow. And if it is not, that rule of being observant should come into play.

/trains are Darwin's favourite weapon
 
2013-05-12 01:10:49 AM
I've had a serious fear of trains ever since a close family friend showed me his feet when I was about 10 years old. He and his brothers used to play a game growing up that consisted of trying to jump onto slowly moving freight trains that went through their neighbourhood. One time he slipped and the train ran over his toes and as a result he had only two toes left on one foot and only the pinky toe left on the other one. Needless to say, he didn't exactly walk with a normal gait.

The sight of those feet haunted me for many years.
 
2013-05-12 01:12:55 AM

Oldiron_79: Probably put em in the body bag with a shovel.


Funnel
 
2013-05-12 01:13:27 AM

The Asshole Guy: I live close to 1 mile away from a train track and I can hear them blow their whistles while approaching a crossing. How does one zone out that badly?


I can hear the train that passes through my town 4 miles away when it's passing through another town. Not just the horn, but the thunderous churning of it's diesel. Then, when it gets here even though I'm a quarter mile away from the tracks can actually feel the vibration of the engines if it's in a high enough notch.
 
2013-05-12 01:17:39 AM

dopekitty74: You'd think he'd have felt the vibration of the tracks and ties in plenty of time to realize something was up.


He could've been stepping between the tracks.
/Step on the tracks, break your mama's back or die.
 
2013-05-12 01:20:30 AM
maybe it was suicide. who doesn't at least look for a train?
 
2013-05-12 01:23:32 AM
I frequently run around with my own soundtrack running, but my Polk earbuds aren't noise isolating. They also don't have enough bass response to make certain songs work, so there's a chunk of Prodigy that doesn't come through.

But I also don't walk on railroads.
 
2013-05-12 01:25:49 AM
Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.
 
2013-05-12 01:29:41 AM
Perhaps he was listening to Johnny Cash.
 
2013-05-12 01:30:38 AM

Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?


Honest answer, sometimes they think no trains are running at the time.  I remember reading some idiot getting killed on train tracks in Japan - didn't jump on purpose, for a change! - but he was walking the rails in Tokyo after the last train of the day had gone, so like 2 AM or so, but didn't realize that yeah, when commuter trains stop they run freight on the tracks. Oops!

As for headphones I'll admit I wear headphones walking to work (listening to news programs generally). They're earbuds (got those new hard plastic apple headphones that look like little hair dryers or what, they're actually pretty decent, at least for talk radio) and I'll leave them in, particularly if I have a hat on over, but I do hit pause before crossing big streets.  Call me paranoid.
 
2013-05-12 01:37:41 AM

Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?


Yeah, what was going through his mind?
 
2013-05-12 01:45:35 AM

Ivo Shandor: Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?

Yeah, what was going through his mind?


 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, WE GOT FUN & GAMES!!! WE GOT EVERYTHING YOU WANT!!!! [I wonder what that humming sound is?]
 
2013-05-12 01:46:23 AM
Ivo Shandor:
Yeah, what was going through his mind?

Most likely, it was the train...
 
2013-05-12 01:48:56 AM

RidersOfLohan: maybe it was suicide. who doesn't at least look for a train?


Call me cynical but I have always wondered about this too. There was an incident a few years ago in my neighborhood where a local girl, 16 IIRC, died in the same way as this fellow. The difficulty is that we do not have freight trains that use the tracks anymore, only Amtrak and that train runs on a fixed schedule. Obviously, sometimes it is late but everyone knows the general time of day when the train passes through. So how could she have not known to watch out for the train? Yeah, maybe she did just "space it," shiat does happen. But I wonder...

Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?


Boredom. It is something different to do. I used to walk on the tracks from time to time, sometimes even jog on them. But never with headphones on...
 
2013-05-12 01:52:38 AM
Theres a large number of lifetime train drivers end up actually having kill a few people.
 
2013-05-12 02:00:07 AM
If only there was some way to track where trains might run. They really are a silent epidemic of death in the USA. Something as stealthy as a train should really be better regulated.
 
2013-05-12 02:08:48 AM
viaduct over RR tracks is being replaced just past my back yard. crew put up a designated safe walking path for school children, pedestrians etcetera safely away from tracks & construction. can't miss seeing the bright orange fenced in path.

needless to say i see morans walking on the tracks right through the work site every day. a section goes over water, a good drop into a shallow stream, mess you right up. haven't seen anyone use the designated path yet.
 
2013-05-12 02:18:49 AM

reddfrogg: Perhaps he was listening to Johnny Cash.


or Soul Train.
 
2013-05-12 02:19:28 AM

The Asshole Guy: I live close to 1 mile away from a train track and I can hear them blow their whistles while approaching a crossing. How does one zone out that badly?


i have been sat at my desk when i noticed everyone streaming out of the office.  it was a fire alarm.

these things function as earplugs on their own...  add moderate volume and it is utter isolation.

i39.tinypic.com
 
2013-05-12 02:19:36 AM
Good.
 
2013-05-12 02:20:12 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The trick is to wear earbuds but don't have any audio playing. It helps you look  SMUG  but still keep your wits about you at all times.


FTFY
 
2013-05-12 02:25:01 AM

itazurakko: Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.


I wonder if he drank superglue.
 
2013-05-12 02:54:11 AM
Wonderful, now we'll have devices and headphones designed to peak at even lower volumes, because of idiots who can't use their stuff responsibly.
 
2013-05-12 03:01:36 AM
I live about two miles from the tracks and that Amtrak train is so loud I have to pause the tv sometimes.
 
2013-05-12 03:05:53 AM
What's sad about this?

/steps over people who get hit in Manhattan for lesser things like texting while walking in midtown.
 
2013-05-12 03:15:49 AM
Happened to me once. I was walking along the tracks near the dam on the Huron River. The train came behind me while I was listening to Slayer full blast. I messed that train up bad.
 
2013-05-12 03:19:34 AM
my great grandfather died getting hit by a train, and that was way before earbuds were invented. Not sure how a train sneaks up on a person.
 
2013-05-12 03:21:42 AM

dopekitty74: You'd think he'd have felt the vibration of the tracks and ties in plenty of time to realize something was up.


He probably thought he would, too.

/so many people think they're so much more sensitive and intelligent than they actually are
//too bad reality always has the final say
 
2013-05-12 03:32:52 AM

dopekitty74: You'd think he'd have felt the vibration of the tracks and ties in plenty of time to realize something was up.


Tonto put his ear to the ground and said to the Lone Ranger........buffalo come.
Can you feel the vibrations? asked the Lone Ranger.
No, said Tonto,  ground all warm and sticky!
 
2013-05-12 03:39:30 AM
Two blondes were walking through the woods when one said "oh look, deer tracks".
The other said "no, those are bear tracks".
Then the train ran them over.
 
2013-05-12 03:52:48 AM

Fallout Boy: Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?


Behind our estate, the public footpath crosses tracks. (I've been told Pedestrian level crossings like this is not very common anymore)

You do have a clear view of about a 1/4 mile each way, and the trains aren't going about 40 mph at that point. You've got to be slow or really not paying attention in order to get hit.
 
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