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2013-05-12 03:59:29 AM
Earbuds blocked out a train? BULLshiat. You can FEEL trains coming. Dude committed suicide.
 
2013-05-12 04:05:55 AM
Was 8 or so, dad caught me walking down the railroad tracks, had to write 100 sentences about how I wouldn't walk on the train tracks. His dad used to work for the Grand Trunk as a breakman, and apparently getting hit by a train is (or was) fairly common from people just walking down the tracks.
 
2013-05-12 04:30:12 AM

sirbissel: Was 8 or so, dad caught me walking down the railroad tracks, had to write 100 sentences about how I wouldn't walk on the train tracks. His dad used to work for the Grand Trunk as a breakman, and apparently getting hit by a train is (or was) fairly common from people just walking down the tracks.


When I was 8 my dad and I put coins on the tracks.
 
2013-05-12 05:22:17 AM
Require trains to carry laser green flash guns and force the railroads to rebuild the second track.

People almost NEVER got hit when walking south on the northbound and having a farking track running in both directions allows a great deal more passenger traffic.
 
2013-05-12 05:24:09 AM

Gyrfalcon: At that point, you're there, but you're not there.

And immediately thereafter, you will not be here.


You will be there, there, there, and over there....
 
2013-05-12 05:26:03 AM

doglover: sirbissel: Was 8 or so, dad caught me walking down the railroad tracks, had to write 100 sentences about how I wouldn't walk on the train tracks. His dad used to work for the Grand Trunk as a breakman, and apparently getting hit by a train is (or was) fairly common from people just walking down the tracks.

When I was 8 my dad and I put coins on the tracks.


When I was eight I took nine torpedoes out of a maintenance jimmy and lined em up on the northbound outside town.
Later that day I raised my hand at the oncoming Amtrak and made the "bang" motion in front of my friends, I'll be damned if that train didn't come to a SCREAMING halt.
People stuck their heads out a couple placed and threw up.  Never put another thing on the rails again, didn't need to.   I'd publicly stopped a whole train from 80mph with my finger.
 
2013-05-12 05:42:22 AM

doglover: Earbuds blocked out a train? BULLshiat. You can FEEL trains coming. Dude committed suicide.


You cannot.  You're walking on ties that aren't all tight over large rumbly rocks.  By the time you "feel" the train you've got just long enough to realize you're farked.
ANY drugs or alcohol impairment and first time you notice the train is when you go into shock under it.

When you're off to the side of the tracks - about 20 feet - you feel a shiatload of vibrations coming sideways about ten seconds before but right up at the ties there's NOTHING until the leading sinus of the coming load passes you.
Since most tracks are welded now you likely won't even hear THAT noise.  That sinus is about twenty feet long.   Dodge a car driving at 60 right for you with only 1/4 second notice?  Won't happen.

If you MUST to travel along tracks for any reason, walk backwards for ten seconds every thirty and don't walk between the rails.  A large portion of run-down injuries are amputations because people didn't roll-out when they dove to the side, they just left their leg(s) lay over the rail.   Simply collapsing to the side is 5x faster than trying to dodge out of the middle off the large tumbly rocks and the oil and mold slick ties.

A locomotive is 10 feet wide, the rails themselves are five feet wide.  "Safe" is walking on a side slope or further down. (sometimes shiat sticks out six feet from center line).
Just don't do it.  The only reason they come off the power is in case you're trying to warn them of something ahead.  The loco won't care about you, you and your dog, you and your dog and your children.
It wouldn't even notice the entire Duggar family carrying fried chicken, watermellons and jugs of sweet tea.   Sometimes you can feel the odd horse, cow or camel when they hit.
You only smell anything smaller.  Driver simply cannot see anything closer than 40 feet because watching the tracks that close is blocked off from view to keep them awake.

People who commit suicide by train wait off to the side and wave at the driver as they run out in front of the train.    They don't want to be stopped so they don't show their intentions.
 
2013-05-12 06:20:21 AM
Trains come and go fast and hard. No reason to walk on the tracks unless you're trying to cross a bridge, but even then, there are easier ways around.

Many people killed by trains are sleeping on the tracks or walking along them, or try to cross them at the wrong times. Not sure, but they're large, and I kinda think you have to be a moron to be hurt by them.
 
2013-05-12 06:40:06 AM

miss diminutive: 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.


My great-grandfather worked as a train engineer.  I don't remember the whole story, but he got his foot run over by one and lost all the toes.  Being a somewhat eccentric New Englander, he'd by slippers to fit the toeless foot, then cut the end off the other slipper...
 
2013-05-12 06:49:54 AM
Was it that new, ginchy, hip track from the Foaming Wad, "Head Up My Ass On A Mobile Phone"?  Dear 1337 kindern who are trying to drag us kicking and screaming into The Future™ - Don't type on something the size of a pack of Marlboros when you drive.  Don't stare at your flip down GPS screen when you drive.  Don't jam 110 dBA of whatever is too cool for me to have heard of into your ear canal whilst walking in traffic or on train tracks.  Sincerely, the poor, old, stupid people who brought you here.
 
2013-05-12 08:03:24 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?


A millionety tons of freight?
 
2013-05-12 08:06:27 AM

Mock26: itazurakko: Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.

I wonder if he drank superglue.


Reminds me of how my hometown got into the Darwin awards - some idiot tried to huff Scotch Guard. Liquid sealed his lungs from the inside! No fixing that!

/csb?
 
2013-05-12 08:13:20 AM

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


Simple answer: a shortcut, I used to walk tracks from school because it took miles off the distance.  Second, in urban settings it can be quite a peaceful getaway for a stroll away from hectic traffic.

Still listen to the quiet so you can hear the train.
 
2013-05-12 08:41:49 AM
Had a girl here in Hamilton a few years back who committed suicide with the iPod and Train Tracks method. It's one of those "I want to die but I kind a don't want to die too, so I'm going to leave it up to fate to see if I die" sort of suicide methods.
 
2013-05-12 09:04:03 AM
FTFA: a volume level that does entirely shut out your surroundings more or less entirely.

Superb writing techniques, bro.
 
2013-05-12 09:24:14 AM
Good old Darwin at work.

When  I walk the dogs on a nearby busy bike trail, if I use an ipod, then I only wear 1 ear bud so I know what the heck is going on around me.

-Neil
 
2013-05-12 09:45:24 AM
 
2013-05-12 10:05:45 AM

styckx: but the thunderous churning of it's diesel.


That's nothing, I can feel a misplaced apostrophe from other countries!
 
2013-05-12 10:35:20 AM
Me 1, Train 0 still!!!
 
2013-05-12 10:56:27 AM
I'm going to agree with a few others here and call BS.

Either the guy wanted to die - or he was just REALLY REALLY REALLY stupid to not understand what why the ground and even the air around him was vibrating.

If anyone has ever stood even 100 feet from a train horn as its going off -- you will know, even a 100% deaf person would be able to tell that SOMETHING is going on. It's poweful enough to vibrate you, the air, you'd feel it in your freaking chest.

Either way -- it's 100% his own fault, I'm sure the idiots in his family will try to sue, or there will be some bleeding heart person who wants radical 'train reform'.  When in reality we just got rid of one more rotting and stupid branch in this wild and crazy tree of humans.
 
2013-05-12 11:24:49 AM

doglover: Earbuds blocked out a train? BULLshiat. You can FEEL trains coming. Dude committed suicide.


THIS. Some hot chick did the same thing a year or two ago. There is a fark thread about it.
 
2013-05-12 11:32:28 AM
 
2013-05-12 11:56:25 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?


EXACTLY. For starters, if you're stupid enough to walk on train tracks, you've got it coming- but really, the only way you can't hear it is if you're deaf. I have no idea how no one can feel it coming, back turned or not.
 
2013-05-12 12:20:34 PM
Darwin need an Engineers hat.
 
2013-05-12 02:57:47 PM
"It's not clear what Street might have been listening to"

Death metal.
 
2013-05-12 03:03:35 PM
Do you know what would keep you safer than not listening to music while walking down train tracks? NOT WALKING DOWN TRAIN TRACKS. Christ, it isn't like they come out of nowhere.
 
2013-05-12 03:37:55 PM
And now his surviving family will file multiple lawsuits
 
2013-05-12 04:33:39 PM
I hope the sad tag is for the driver, the dead guy should get the dumbass tag.
 
2013-05-12 04:40:48 PM

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


We walked on them every day while walking to school. All of us are still here. It was the shortest way to get to some places.
 
2013-05-12 04:54:48 PM

Medic Zero: Mock26: itazurakko: Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.

I wonder if he drank superglue.

Reminds me of how my hometown got into the Darwin awards - some idiot tried to huff Scotch Guard. Liquid sealed his lungs from the inside! No fixing that!

/csb?


Back in the day (70s) someone tried that with Pam cooking spray. Same ending.
 
2013-05-12 04:59:27 PM

accelerus: If anyone has ever stood even 100 feet from a train horn as its going off -- you will know, even a 100% deaf person would be able to tell that SOMETHING is going on. It's poweful enough to vibrate you, the air, you'd feel it in your freaking chest.


The problem is the sound is not there yet. It's like the motorcycle riders who say they have loud pipes so people hear them coming. Nope. You hear them after they pass. Sound is weird that way. You don't hear it coming as much as going. Never quite figured that out. Maybe a physics farker could explain it.
 
2013-05-12 05:02:14 PM

saturn badger: accelerus: If anyone has ever stood even 100 feet from a train horn as its going off -- you will know, even a 100% deaf person would be able to tell that SOMETHING is going on. It's poweful enough to vibrate you, the air, you'd feel it in your freaking chest.

The problem is the sound is not there yet. It's like the motorcycle riders who say they have loud pipes so people hear them coming. Nope. You hear them after they pass. Sound is weird that way. You don't hear it coming as much as going. Never quite figured that out. Maybe a physics farker could explain it.


On second thought it is probably the Doppler Effect.

/probably answered my own question
 
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