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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.
 
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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