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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 10
    More: Obvious, Kanwel, British Transport Police, Delay composition, trains, ears  
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2014-01-22 11:31:54 AM  
8 votes:
I don't think the obvious tag applies, as the article points out that the teen was ignorant about how trains work outside of his native country.  He didn't know to "first determine if the rail is live" because his world view only included diesel and coal powered trains.

Perhaps the sad tag would be more appropriate.
2014-01-22 11:27:35 AM  
4 votes:
I guess he wanted to be a conductor.
2014-01-22 02:00:06 PM  
2 votes:
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 12:25:44 PM  
2 votes:

friedo: So was this guy trying to listen to the third rail, or do British trains have live current in the running rails? On the trains around here, I'm pretty sure nothing would happen if you touch the running rails, but the occasional bum gets fried on the third rail from time to time.


I'm a bit confused about that as well. I'm sure some Farker will edumacate us.

Kind of a tragic story. In the "first world" people don't jump onto the tracks quite so casually so this isn't a problem. It's sort of interesting how the norms in other countries would lead someone to their death like this.
2014-01-22 01:06:22 PM  
1 votes:

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

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godstone:
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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...


DC's metro system also doesn't run down the center, It's on the outside of the two track rails. Although the 3rd rail at the stations (at least) usually has a plastic panel above it to cover and distinguish it.
2014-01-22 11:51:10 AM  
1 votes:
So was this guy trying to listen to the third rail, or do British trains have live current in the running rails? On the trains around here, I'm pretty sure nothing would happen if you touch the running rails, but the occasional bum gets fried on the third rail from time to time.
2014-01-22 11:38:09 AM  
1 votes:
Ohm my....

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2014-01-22 11:34:38 AM  
1 votes:
As great as these puns are, the list would be incomplete without the grieving father's own contribution:

"I can't believe this has happened and my family are all in great shock."
2014-01-22 11:30:43 AM  
1 votes:
These bad puns are just electrifying.
2014-01-22 11:28:08 AM  
1 votes:
He must have heard his train a-coming.
 
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