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(Mirror.co.uk)   Before putting your ear to the tracks to hear if your train is coming, first determine if the rail is live   (mirror.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-01-22 01:50:50 PM  
 
2014-01-22 01:52:36 PM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...

That doesn't look like a electrified rail.  It doesn't appear to be insulated from the ground,  and doesn' t seem to have any thing to to prevent someone from placing their ear on it.   Could it be for two different guage railways?


My thought was why would you go to one of the two inside rails to listen for a train, it would make sense to listen to the outside rail.

Then again listening to a rail to detect a train before you could hear it seems dubious to me.  The rails have expansion gaps, so I doubt sound would travel more than the 20' or so of a track segment.

/I always assume a train went by recently if I see tracks.
 
2014-01-22 02:00:06 PM  
Then again listening to a rail to detect a train before you could hear it seems dubious to me. The rails have expansion gaps, so I doubt sound would travel more than 20' or so of a track segment.


This, not so much......The railroads don't like open joints on tracks since they wear out the wheels and and are noisy too. As such, most go to great lengths to weld the tracks together. Like this:  http://www.railway-technology.com/contractors/engineering/weld-a-rail / weld-a-rail2.html
 
2014-01-22 02:01:35 PM  

bucket_pup: NSFW - Why you don't touch the rails (or overhead wires)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8da_1255213832


Jebus! Is he ON FIRE after he falls down? Did he die, or what?
 
2014-01-22 02:09:25 PM  

Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:


Not exclusively - pretty much anything north of London will be overhead lines.
 
2014-01-22 02:25:37 PM  
Jebus!  Is he ON FIRE after he falls down?  Did he die, or what?


He was a cracklin pork rind by the time he hit the top of the train. Yes, he is on fire and yes, he is quite dead. 1500 V DC will do that to you pretty quick.
 
2014-01-22 02:26:29 PM  
Electric trains, WTF?  I'm surprised anything so dangerous is allowed in the Nanny State.
 
2014-01-22 02:33:09 PM  

Maul555: so I did a little bit of googling, and aparrently this is what rail lines in the UK look like:

[photos.wikimapia.org image 640x480]

godstone:
[s0.geograph.org.uk image 640x430]

As you can see, there is clearly a 3rd rail, but it is not running down the center.  It is weirdly offset so it runs right next to one of the tracks...


That's how it is in NYC, so I had assumed it was like that everywhere else, at least where they have electric trains.
 
2014-01-22 02:46:46 PM  
You guys are really insensitive. Your electrical puns will curry no favor with me.

/The death of an innocent loved one really hertz.
 
2014-01-22 02:56:18 PM  

Jument: bucket_pup: NSFW - Why you don't touch the rails (or overhead wires)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8da_1255213832

Jebus! Is he ON FIRE after he falls down? Did he die, or what?


he was dead so fast that he didn't even feel it.  his brain and was literally fried before it ever had a chance to pick up a pain signal...
 
2014-01-22 02:59:45 PM  
Don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle
 
2014-01-22 03:24:01 PM  

Fubegra: I guess he wanted to be a conductor.


I guess you just could resist
 
2014-01-22 03:31:31 PM  
Hearing it coming or not doesn't affect its arrival time.
Neither does asking about it.
What's the point?
 
2014-01-22 03:39:29 PM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: Hearing it coming or not doesn't affect its arrival time.
Neither does asking about it.
What's the point?


to plan accordingly.  if its going to be another 10 minutes, then you have time to use the restroom, or grab a drink, or make a phone call...  but obviously this guys seeming obsession with knowing exactly when the train will arrive led him to his death.  He just couldn't take the answer he was given...
 
2014-01-22 03:39:38 PM  
The 3rd rail voltage was increased from 660 to 750 VDC recently.  That is instant death.

If you live near a track, you can reduce your electric dramatically, if you know how to deal with DC.
 
2014-01-22 03:42:05 PM  

Inflatable Rhetoric: The 3rd rail voltage was increased from 660 to 750 VDC recently.  That is instant death.

If you live near a track, you can reduce your electric dramatically, if you know how to deal with DC.


...electric bill...
 
2014-01-22 03:43:09 PM  

bucket_pup: NSFW - Why you don't touch the rails (or overhead wires)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8da_1255213832


Ye Olde Krispy Kritter.
 
2014-01-22 03:45:50 PM  

Jument: bucket_pup: NSFW - Why you don't touch the rails (or overhead wires)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8da_1255213832

Jebus! Is he ON FIRE after he falls down? Did he die, or what?


He died, and or whatted, which was the most terrible part of the story.
 
2014-01-22 05:52:44 PM  

bucket_pup: Jebus!  Is he ON FIRE after he falls down?  Did he die, or what?


He was a cracklin pork rind by the time he hit the top of the train. Yes, he is on fire and yes, he is quite dead. 1500 V DC will do that to you pretty quick.



That's not the brightest thing I've seen, someone should have told him there is no smoking on the train.
 
2014-01-22 06:22:37 PM  
Dad FTA: "I can't believe this has happened and my family are all in great shock."

His son, especially.
 
2014-01-22 06:56:27 PM  
Wish I could find this on youtube, I think it was in Bangladesh, there was a dude up on the roof of this metal shed, threatening to grab a live wire, with a crowd trying to talk him down.  From the subtitles, the guy said he didn't believe electricity existed and to prove the point, he grabbed the wire.  He came barrel-rolling off the roof of the shed and landed on the ground.  Amazingly he lived and, as he was being taken away in a ambulance, he was asked if he believed in electricity now, and he said, "Yes, I believe now!".
 
2014-01-23 12:15:32 AM  
He should have stuck his wee-wee on the tracks. Nothing beats a good jolt of electricity to the shaft.
 
2014-01-23 02:27:25 AM  
i500.listal.com
 
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