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(Gawker)   Teenager decides to take a selfie next to an oncoming train. Train conductor decides to give him a reality check with his boot   (gawker.com) divider line 369
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2014-04-16 02:44:36 PM  
That train conductor needs to be permanently banned from any work in the transportation sector, holding a driver's licence, or even operating a motorized scooter. He clearly doesn't understand the responsibilities that come from operating (or being associated with the operation of) motor vehicles.
 
2014-04-16 02:45:15 PM  
...aaaand totally staged.
 
2014-04-16 02:45:31 PM  
Anyone who thinks this was wrong is pro-snowflake
 
2014-04-16 02:45:52 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: As much as the kid may deserve it, conductor needs to be charge for attempted manslaughter!


Conductor should be commended for taking the only action available that he could to get this moron away from a speeding train.
 
2014-04-16 02:45:54 PM  

KidneyStone: uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.

Rock salt doesn't shoot very well.

http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot33.htm


That's interesting, thanks. It was just a story adults told us to keep us away from the trains.

spamdog: I bet train conductors see people do this kind of stupid shiat all the time.

uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.

Sounds like they still need them.

CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.


HOw would they even know about it? Is there a Train Monthly magazine? I guess if it was in a small town, the local paper may have carried it
 
2014-04-16 02:46:14 PM  

spamdog: CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.


How did you start working the rails and not learn about railfans? They are some of the silliest fans out there. They even acknowledge it in their models

www.actionroad.net
 
2014-04-16 02:46:25 PM  

abhorrent1: edmo: Close enough to get kicked is close enough to get sucked into the train.

Mythbusters busted that one.


They were able to determine that a blow to the head resulting in unconsciousness could not result in you falling in a particular direction?
 
2014-04-16 02:47:39 PM  

spamdog: I bet train conductors see people do this kind of stupid shiat all the time.

uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.

Sounds like they still need them.

CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.


People like watching movies about crime and heroin addiction for some reason.
 
2014-04-16 02:48:34 PM  
That kid got some....

Safety Training


YEEEEEEEAAAAAAH!
 
2014-04-16 02:49:24 PM  
Dumbwad is lucky it was just a boot and not a red-hot, ten pound brake pad whizzing toward his stupid head at over 60 mph.
/Once saw a deer EXPLODE
 
2014-04-16 02:49:24 PM  
uber humper: HOw would they even know about it? Is there a Train Monthly magazine? I guess if it was in a small town, the local paper may have carried it

Rail traffic radio scanners, they listen to it all day, and they network to let everybody else know what's coming down the line.
 
2014-04-16 02:50:01 PM  
What a pain train might look like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc11tskjEGs
 
2014-04-16 02:51:40 PM  

redsquid: Engineers and bulls have a well developed hatred of gunsels and train fans. I've had them throw shiat at me from moving trains because I was standing on public property taking pictures. The fact that train fans are some of the biggest supporters of their dying industry doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. Train bulls are right up there with prison guards in the 'too dumb to be a cop but still craves the power' scale. The kid may have been wrong, but kicking him in the head was just being a douche.


Dying industry?
Railroad freight revenue was 4.1 Billlllion dollars in 2009. In 2011, it was 65 billion.
And now they're hauling a shiat-ton of oil.
So yeah, it's totally a dying industry.
 
2014-04-16 02:52:50 PM  
Damn kids these days!!!

www.wearysloth.com
 
2014-04-16 02:53:24 PM  

BSABSVR: If you're in danger of being hit by a protuberance from the train, then a kick from a boot by someone on said train is not significantly less dangerous.  Physics, how does it work?


A rubber-soled boot attached to a flexible leg is a hell of a lot safer than a thin rigid piece of metal hitting his neck at a relatively high speed. One ends with a sore head, the other often ends with no head.
 
2014-04-16 02:53:31 PM  
Heh. You made the front page, dumbass.

i92.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-16 02:54:22 PM  
Best. Photobomb. Ever,
 
2014-04-16 02:56:01 PM  

gilgigamesh: BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.

Yeah I had a similar thought. He could have knocked the kid down, he could have wound up under the wheels. Completely idiotic thing to do.

Funny as shiat, but idiotic.


My thought would have been, and is, a broken neck.
 
2014-04-16 02:56:47 PM  

RollingThunder: BSABSVR: Yeah.  Trying to murder someone for taking a selfie is totally both rational and heroic.

Trying to get somebody THE fark OUT OF DANGER RANGE by pushing them with the only thing that can reach (IE: their foot) is indeed rational and heroic.


If you watch it again, you see that the top of the foot is in front of the kid's neck, which means it could just as easily have hooked him back in to the wheels.  Stupid, stupid, stupid, and if I was that kid's dad, I'd be shopping lawyers right now.  (the kid would still be grounded, though.) There's no good justification for this action.
 
2014-04-16 02:58:02 PM  
Damn, now that I know he was trying to save this idiot's life, I actually dislike him.  I rescind my offer of a free beer.
 
2014-04-16 02:58:16 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Damn kids these days!!!

[www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]


Dammit
/shakes tiny internet bindle
 
2014-04-16 02:59:52 PM  

uber humper: HOw would they even know about it? Is there a Train Monthly magazine? I guess if it was in a small town, the local paper may have carried it


Not entirely sure - there may have been some press about it's maiden voyage, or someone spoke to a worker in the plant, or used social engineering to find out about it.
The train is also visible within the plant.

InterruptingQuirk: How did you start working the rails and not learn about railfans? They are some of the silliest fans out there. They even acknowledge it in their models


That is great! I'm actually a software developer, so I'm unfamiliar with the industry.
I thought railfans were a myth like Bigfoot.
 
2014-04-16 03:00:20 PM  
I kicked you in the head to keep you from getting hurt.
 
2014-04-16 03:01:32 PM  

spamdog: InterruptingQuirk: How did you start working the rails and not learn about railfans? They are some of the silliest fans out there. They even acknowledge it in their models

That is great! I'm actually a software developer, so I'm unfamiliar with the industry.
I thought railfans were a myth like Bigfoot.


Why are you calling a myth real? Does not computer
 
2014-04-16 03:01:55 PM  

CruJones: Anyone who thinks this was wrong is pro-snowflake


Anyone who applies such labels with a broad brush is an idiot, too...
 
2014-04-16 03:02:43 PM  

rwhamann: and if I was that kid's dad, I'd be shopping lawyers right now.


I think more dads would be shopping an additional boot to their kid's head when they saw the video.
 
2014-04-16 03:02:58 PM  

BillDozer357: Seems like a weird place to have a protruding piece of metal, right at the top of the step ladder...


Yeah, I'm sure the folks who designed, approved and built the thing put it there arbitrarily.
 
2014-04-16 03:03:06 PM  

gas giant: Dumbwad is lucky it was just a boot and not a red-hot, ten pound brake pad whizzing toward his stupid head at over 60 mph.
/Once saw a deer EXPLODE


So you're saying that there are locomotives that are unsafe and need to be taken out of service?
 
2014-04-16 03:03:21 PM  

cgraves67: Nicely done, Mr. Engineer.


textimages.us
 
2014-04-16 03:03:23 PM  
I've noticed in this thread some are calling the kicker "the engineer" while others "the conductor". I was probably the conductor.

In current North American trains the engineer drives the train and is the top paid job while the conductor is second in charge and is responsible for everything else (including supervising the rest of the train crew if it exists - freight trains may be crewed by just an engineer and a conductor). This notion of conductor is not to be confused with "ticket taker" on a passenger train.

... conductors duties include: ...  Be alert to wayside signals, switch position, and other conditions that affect safe train movement

The engineer probably stayed at the controls while the conductor went out to address the safety issue, though if there was lesser other crew on board then one of them might have been sent out.
 
2014-04-16 03:04:12 PM  
Safe or not, I was amused.
 
2014-04-16 03:04:14 PM  

Maud Dib: redsquid: Engineers and bulls have a well developed hatred of gunsels and train fans. I've had them throw shiat at me from moving trains because I was standing on public property taking pictures. The fact that train fans are some of the biggest supporters of their dying industry doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. Train bulls are right up there with prison guards in the 'too dumb to be a cop but still craves the power' scale. The kid may have been wrong, but kicking him in the head was just being a douche.

Dying industry?
Railroad freight revenue was 4.1 Billlllion dollars in 2009. In 2011, it was 65 billion.
And now they're hauling a shiat-ton of oil.
So yeah, it's totally a dying industry.


It's very competitive as a mode transporting freight. the most efficient on land.  About 3 cents per ton per mile.  Needs roads for the last mile, but trains are the way to go and will be here for a while

chart.apis.google.com
 http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publicatio ns/ national_transportation_statistics/html/table_03_21.html
 
2014-04-16 03:05:14 PM  

HairBolus: I've noticed in this thread some are calling the kicker "the engineer" while others "the conductor". I was probably the conductor.

In current North American trains the engineer drives the train and is the top paid job while the conductor is second in charge and is responsible for everything else (including supervising the rest of the train crew if it exists - freight trains may be crewed by just an engineer and a conductor). This notion of conductor is not to be confused with "ticket taker" on a passenger train.

... conductors duties include: ...  Be alert to wayside signals, switch position, and other conditions that affect safe train movement

The engineer probably stayed at the controls while the conductor went out to address the safety issue, though if there was lesser other crew on board then one of them might have been sent out.



I'm kinda hoping that once they got back to the yard, the conductor's duties included painting a little boot on the side of the engine.
 
2014-04-16 03:05:58 PM  

redsquid: Engineers and bulls have a well developed hatred of gunsels and train fans. I've had them throw shiat at me from moving trains because I was standing on public property taking pictures. The fact that train fans are some of the biggest supporters of their dying industry doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. Train bulls are right up there with prison guards in the 'too dumb to be a cop but still craves the power' scale. The kid may have been wrong, but kicking him in the head was just being a douche.


Do tell. Just what do you know about train bulls and prison guards?

Please site specific examples and your Prisoner Identification number, as well as the facility you served time at.
 
2014-04-16 03:07:11 PM  

The Lone Gunman: But yeah, the teen might be a doucheball, but wouldn't what the conductor did be considered battery?


I once saw an old lady start crossing the road in front of a tractor trailer that was too close to stop. I wanted to drag her back out of the road, but I decided not to since she might fall and bruise herself, and that would be battery. So instead of making myself a criminal for assaulting an old lady, I tried to make myself a Fark hero by pulling out my cell phone.

/It didn't turn out well, a flying leg knocked the cell phone out of my hand, and by the time I recovered the phone and cleaned off the lens the buzzards were already gathering around, so I just went home and let nature handle the cleanup.
//Hey, don't judge me. She was old, and her family got their inheritance before she blew it all on the lottery, so that's a win/win, right?
 
2014-04-16 03:08:48 PM  

Shmeat: The video on YouTube is titled "Kicked in the head by a train"

[replygif.net image 400x271]


Maybe he meant "by" as in "next to"
 
2014-04-16 03:08:48 PM  

KidneyStone: edmo: Close enough to get kicked is close enough to get sucked into the train.

I've stood close to speeding trains and never got sucked under.  It's an old wives tale.


I knew somebody that died a few years ago while walking along the tracks and thinking there was enough distance between him and the train coming up behind him.
Nope.
Kid deserved a boot to the head, should apologize to the conductor and do community service or be punished somehow, but he'll probably try to sue instead of taking responsibility for his own actions.
 
2014-04-16 03:08:52 PM  
uber humper:
[chart.apis.google.com image 500x200]
 http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publicatio ns/ national_transportation_statistics/html/table_03_21.html



Argh. That chart.  Is that  3 cents or .03 cents?   $.03  or $.0003 ?

furthermore - what the hell is "$10 bucks"  Ten dollar bucks? What the fark is a dollar buck?  Writing means things!
 
2014-04-16 03:09:59 PM  

decloaked lurker: spamdog: I bet train conductors see people do this kind of stupid shiat all the time.

uber humper: meh, conductors used to use shotguns loaded with rock salt. A rubber boot to the melon ain't nothin' compared to a backside with salt buried a quarter inch in.

Sounds like they still need them.

CSB - I work on a system to do automated track inspection - it's a fancy new Italian-made locomotive. We took it out on one of its first runs, and we saw a whole lot of trainspotters. They were waiting in strategic positions to get good shots of the train. One guy ran from one end of a train platform to the other in order to snap a photo of it.
I didn't realize trainspotting was so popular.

Trainspotting made a world wide gross of $72 million. I'd say that's pretty popular.


It's a known movie.  $72 mil WWG isn't going to set anybody on fire though.    583 movies have grossed $100,000,000 in the U.S. alone...  http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/records/100million.php
 
2014-04-16 03:12:32 PM  

Tsar_Bomba1: Damn kids these days!!!

[www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]


I watched that movie last week.  It was A No 1.
 
2014-04-16 03:13:20 PM  
I don't care what the rest of you doorknobs say, the guy did the right thing with his boot.  That piece of metal right behind his foot could have caught in that kid's skull and dragged him along under the train.  He saved his life, and got to boot a doush in the head.  He deserves a beer and we should all chip in to get him one... or several.
 
2014-04-16 03:13:53 PM  

gunther_bumpass: uber humper:
[chart.apis.google.com image 500x200]
 http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publicatio ns/ national_transportation_statistics/html/table_03_21.html


Argh. That chart.  Is that  3 cents or .03 cents?   $.03  or $.0003 ?

furthermore - what the hell is "$10 bucks"  Ten dollar bucks? What the fark is a dollar buck?  Writing means things!


Haha

The link is a little better

It's three cents. 3/100th of a dollar. 30/1000ths of a saw buck. 300/10000 of a c-note
 
2014-04-16 03:14:20 PM  

zixr: Did I miss the memo, or is everyone now taking selfies with video instead of snapshots?


I was starting to think I was the only one wondering this.
 
2014-04-16 03:14:21 PM  

uber humper: It's very competitive as a mode transporting freight. the most efficient on land.  About 3 cents per ton per mile.  Needs roads for the last mile, but trains are the way to go and will be here for a while


This.  As the cost of oil keeps going up, reaching prohibitively expensive levels, rail will come back into the forefront of moving things from place to place, instead of hugely inefficient trucks.

A smart man looking for a long term investment would put some money into rail companies.


Also, as those pictures show that everyone is posting, this engineer was a farking hero that saved that kids life by protecting him from that metal protrusion on the train,  not a douchebag.
 
2014-04-16 03:15:31 PM  

AndreMA: That train conductor needs to be permanently banned from any work in the transportation sector, holding a driver's licence, or even operating a motorized scooter. He clearly doesn't understand the responsibilities that come from operating (or being associated with the operation of) motor vehicles.


If you get the opportunity, you should probably kill yourself.
 
2014-04-16 03:16:50 PM  

OddLlama: zixr: Did I miss the memo, or is everyone now taking selfies with video instead of snapshots?

I was starting to think I was the only one wondering this.


Vine with its six second video clips is to blame.
 
2014-04-16 03:16:55 PM  
could have been worse:

 "The train had knocked Ray Brower out of his Keds the same way it had knocked the life out of his body. "
 
2014-04-16 03:16:57 PM  

uber humper: gunther_bumpass: uber humper:
[chart.apis.google.com image 500x200]
 http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publicatio ns/ national_transportation_statistics/html/table_03_21.html


Argh. That chart.  Is that  3 cents or .03 cents?   $.03  or $.0003 ?

furthermore - what the hell is "$10 bucks"  Ten dollar bucks? What the fark is a dollar buck?  Writing means things!

Haha

The link is a little better

It's three cents. 3/100th of a dollar. 30/1000ths of a saw buck. 300/10000 of a c-note


Ah. ok. It's just that the chart is a little unclear.  flat out wrong, actually.  Thank you!

Now I want to ship some heavy shiat by rail.
 
2014-04-16 03:17:05 PM  

SpectroBoy: InterruptingQuirk: Close enough to get kicked means he was trespassing, at least here in the States.

Does US law also allow you to kick trespassers in the head?

I thought not.


No, we don't let them get that close, we'll just shoot them - and in most cases, it's legal.

I also wanted to add. You can hear the air horn AND the engineer yelling "HEY!" at the top of his lungs - the kid doesn't even react, probably because of his headphones is my guess. This is his face while the horn is going off, and he doesn't turn his head to the yell - these are signs he hears NOTHING.

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-16 03:19:25 PM  
I'm going with "the engineer is a douche" here.  Why the fark didn't he just swerve a few feet to the right if he was so concerned about the kid?
 
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