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(The Indy Channel)   After the train passes, the crossing arm fails to rise to its upright position. The best thing to do is: A) drive around it, B) find another railroad crossing, or C) remove the bolts and toss it into a ditch   ( theindychannel.com) divider line
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2017-09-12 01:25:53 AM  
railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"
 
2017-09-12 01:29:24 AM  

fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"


"Twas just an 'armless prank, Guvnah."
 
2017-09-12 02:49:06 AM  

phlegmmo: fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"

"Twas just an 'armless prank, Guvnah."


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2017-09-12 02:57:26 AM  
Kid would have gotten off easier if he had ran someone over.
 
2017-09-12 02:58:33 AM  
Well, it was failsafe.
 
2017-09-12 02:59:54 AM  

fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"


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2017-09-12 03:00:13 AM  
C.
 
2017-09-12 03:02:57 AM  

elkboy: fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"

[theministryrpg.com image 500x210]


what is that gif from, if you don't mind my asking?
 
2017-09-12 03:04:40 AM  

Kirablue42: elkboy: fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"

[theministryrpg.com image 500x210]

what is that gif from, if you don't mind my asking?


"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
 
2017-09-12 03:10:23 AM  
Call Trimet?
 
2017-09-12 03:12:04 AM  

Kirablue42: elkboy: fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"

[theministryrpg.com image 500x210]

what is that gif from, if you don't mind my asking?


"Bebe's Kids"
 
2017-09-12 03:15:52 AM  
Isn't that a fed crime?
 
2017-09-12 03:36:14 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Isn't that a fed crime?


Yes.

This is sort-of like blowing up a mailbox. Replacing it isn't the issue...
 
2017-09-12 04:06:25 AM  
It's not like you are PUTTING OTHER PEOPLES' LIVES IN DANGER!!

/dahell is wrong with some people
 
2017-09-12 04:07:05 AM  

puffy999: drjekel_mrhyde: Isn't that a fed crime?

Yes.

This is sort-of like blowing up a mailbox. Replacing it isn't the issue...


The problem I have is that the last turn about on a divided avenue with an at grade  crossing is usually set well back from the gate. If I can see it's down and nothing is crossing, I can usually take the cut-out and use an alternative route. But if the last cutout is a few hundred yards back, a shiatload of people can get trapped.

There's also a problem with residents not knowing their home turf well enough to imagine a way around.
 
2017-09-12 04:12:53 AM  
Fun fact: If you force down the crossing arm, say, by climbing on it and pulling it down, the lights turn on.

And, not all crossing arms have brakes that keep kids from doing just that.
 
2017-09-12 04:13:56 AM  

drumhellar: Fun fact: If you force down the crossing arm, say, by climbing on it and pulling it down, the lights turn on.

And, not all crossing arms have brakes that keep kids from doing just that.


What about silent film stars?
 
2017-09-12 05:40:32 AM  
In the movies crossing bars snap when a car hits them but that isn't realist. We had to reinforce our cars and drive over 50kph when making the mad dash from east to West Berlin. Only had to do it once
 
2017-09-12 06:36:36 AM  
We had a guy try to drive around the bars.  While the train was still coming.  No, I mean the train was literally right there.  Clipped his rear fender.  He manages to drive off, they got his plates.  Nothing like a little impatience.
 
2017-09-12 06:54:37 AM  

puffy999: drjekel_mrhyde: Isn't that a fed crime?

Yes.

This is sort-of like blowing up a mailbox. Replacing it isn't the issue...


But mailbox baseball is still OK right? Asking for a friend.
 
2017-09-12 07:02:11 AM  
I used to live next to a crossing guard that was like this, on a busy farking street too. Once a month or so it just wouldn't go back up, the railroad would take hours to get out there and fix it because they don't have to worry about fines or anything, so some local would usually end up holding it up as long as no trail was coming. You better believe he dropped that shiat the second he heard a horn, though.

What on earth would possess even a 22yo idiot to rip it off and throw it in a ditch? There are easier ways!
 
2017-09-12 07:17:18 AM  
He just forgot the important "make sure nobody's looking" part.

I'd bet that if this is a regular problem at this crossing a local jury would not only acquit, they'd give him a standing ovation.
 
2017-09-12 07:41:33 AM  
REMOVE THE BOLTS

(Release the Bats, 2017)
 
2017-09-12 08:39:14 AM  
The one near my house kept getting stuck. Took the railroad multiple attempts to fix it. Anyhow, any time I was waiting there and it would stick, I'd get out of the car, walk over, and lift it. Once it got to about 45 degrees, the motor would take over again and pull it the rest of the way up. No big deal. Don't break the damn thing.
 
2017-09-12 08:42:33 AM  
If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.
 
2017-09-12 09:08:54 AM  
a knife is only a weapon if it is intended to be one.
pencil...pens..rulers... all weapons just as much as a pocket knife is
 
2017-09-12 09:11:42 AM  

kvinesknows: a knife is only a weapon if it is intended to be one.
pencil...pens..rulers... all weapons just as much as a pocket knife is


probably make more sense in the suspended thread ..but fark it
 
2017-09-12 09:14:12 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.


How the hell does a gate that's permanently down save lives?  

Depending upon how long he waited, I'm OK with this.  You know what?  I don't care how long he waited.  If he saw the gate open in the other direction but his doesn't move, something is clearly wrong.
 
2017-09-12 09:16:34 AM  
I'll add- this was a truck.  Using the cutout would likely not have been an option.  That truck would have been stuck until they repaired it- that could be hours or even days.
 
2017-09-12 09:41:48 AM  
The guy couldn't put the gate back on after he was through? Jerk

My favorite was the double crossing near where I grew up. See, a train on one track would stop for whatever reason, and it would be too close to the crossing to allow the gates to go back up. Every couple months or so, someone would get the wise idea that hey, the stopped train isn't blocking the whole road. I'll just go around the end of it and WHAM! the express freight on the other track would nail them.

To be fair, it was like 3 or 4 miles to go back to a cross street and over to the next road that crossed the tracks at an underpass. Nobody got time fo dat!
 
2017-09-12 11:14:58 AM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Harry Freakstorm: If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.

How the hell does a gate that's permanently down save lives?  

Depending upon how long he waited, I'm OK with this.  You know what?  I don't care how long he waited.  If he saw the gate open in the other direction but his doesn't move, something is clearly wrong.


You know the saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions?"  Well an imperfect and poorly thought out solution is a great application process for a pair of bracelets.

We can't all bootstrap our lives because sometimes impatient assholes on the internet don't have the bankroll or ability to properly make whole the people their poorly thought out plans impact.
 
2017-09-12 01:18:02 PM  

Splinthar: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Harry Freakstorm: If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.

How the hell does a gate that's permanently down save lives?

Depending upon how long he waited, I'm OK with this.  You know what?  I don't care how long he waited.  If he saw the gate open in the other direction but his doesn't move, something is clearly wrong.

You know the saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions?"  Well an imperfect and poorly thought out solution is a great application process for a pair of bracelets.

We can't all bootstrap our lives because sometimes impatient assholes on the internet don't have the bankroll or ability to properly make whole the people their poorly thought out plans impact.


HOW IS A GATE THAT NEVER OPENS GOING TO PROTECT PEOPLE?

Yeesh.

In Dayton (well, actually Morraine) we had the same issue.  Trucker tried to use the cutoff.  Got stuck on the tracks. The resulting explosion lit one of the train cars on fire.  It was a sulfur car, so it spewed toxic fumes as it was burning.  The next car down had red phosphorous.  If that caught fire the result would have been catastrophic.  A fireman went out, into the black toxic fumes, and decoupled the sulfur and phosphorous cars, in spite of knowing that if the fire made it to the latter car the result would unbelievably painful and mercifully quick.  After he did that, they took another engine and pulled the cars in the back away.  Then the fire department watched the sulfur car burn for several days, because really, what else are you going to do?

Removing the gate was the safest option except letting the truck sit there overnight.
 
2017-09-12 01:39:37 PM  
I don't see how this means the motorist is at fault. It was probably a cyclist anyway.
 
2017-09-12 01:59:17 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Splinthar: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Harry Freakstorm: If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.

How the hell does a gate that's permanently down save lives?

Depending upon how long he waited, I'm OK with this.  You know what?  I don't care how long he waited.  If he saw the gate open in the other direction but his doesn't move, something is clearly wrong.

You know the saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions?"  Well an imperfect and poorly thought out solution is a great application process for a pair of bracelets.

We can't all bootstrap our lives because sometimes impatient assholes on the internet don't have the bankroll or ability to properly make whole the people their poorly thought out plans impact.

HOW IS A GATE THAT NEVER OPENS GOING TO PROTECT PEOPLE?

Yeesh.

In Dayton (well, actually Morraine) we had the same issue.  Trucker tried to use the cutoff.  Got stuck on the tracks. The resulting explosion lit one of the train cars on fire.  It was a sulfur car, so it spewed toxic fumes as it was burning.  The next car down had red phosphorous.  If that caught fire the result would have been catastrophic.  A fireman went out, into the black toxic fumes, and decoupled the sulfur and phosphorous cars, in spite of knowing that if the fire made it to the latter car the result would unbelievably painful and mercifully quick.  After he did that, they took another engine and pulled the cars in the back away.  Then the fire department watched the sulfur car burn for several days, because really, what else are you going to do?

Removing the gate w ...


Ok thats a great deal of blame transference when the right answer is to go half a mile down the road to the next crossing:
https://goo.gl/maps/h4YRBUPevpj
Instead of removing the arm he could have obeyed the law and avoided all this bullcrap.

The person who drive and got themselves stuck on the tracks is the one to blame for putting their truck on the tracks.  This wasn't high cow country where there is a crossing every 5-10 miles, this was in an area with crossings half a mile apart.

And yes I checked there isn't a ban on 18-wheelers on those roads.  So anecdote away by pointing out that a hero had to unfark a situation some turd blossom overly empowered with confidence and "can do spirit" created.

Its easier to half-ass stuff and easy to distance yourself from the repercussions but the smart call is the one that doesn't put other people in danger and your job at risk.
 
2017-09-12 02:27:56 PM  
Splinthar: Splinthar:
Ok thats a great deal of blame transference when the right answer is to go half a mile down the road to the next crossing:
https://goo.gl/maps/h4YRBUPevpj
 This wasn't high cow country where there is a crossing every 5-10 miles, this was in an area with crossings half a mile apart.

Think about why that doesn't help.
 
2017-09-12 02:34:23 PM  
I don't suppose there was *another* train coming down the line?

I don't suppose the thought of, y'know, calling the cops to report it crossed this moron's mind?
 
2017-09-12 02:51:29 PM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: Splinthar: Splinthar:
Ok thats a great deal of blame transference when the right answer is to go half a mile down the road to the next crossing:
https://goo.gl/maps/h4YRBUPevpj
 This wasn't high cow country where there is a crossing every 5-10 miles, this was in an area with crossings half a mile apart.

Think about why that doesn't help.


I have to be missing something, if the arm is down and stuck down than one direction of traffic is blocked.  So why is going to the next crossing (by either turning around or backing the literal 300 feet ) via the sideroad I marked on the map not resolve the problem?

I mean I get it he could be blocked in by traffic but you can't tell me it was gridlock since the opposite direction of traffic would be able to clear the path.  And the article states it was only the one crossing (not the one I linked) impacted by a failure.  So while there may have been plenty of traffic backed up (who knows maybe that portion of Indiana gets lots of rush hour) the roads would be available if he had simply pulled up his GPS unit.

So please I am missing something and uncertain why the professional truck driver couldn't problem-solve his way around avoiding felony charges.
 
2017-09-12 04:11:16 PM  

Splinthar: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Splinthar: Splinthar:
Ok thats a great deal of blame transference when the right answer is to go half a mile down the road to the next crossing:
https://goo.gl/maps/h4YRBUPevpj
 This wasn't high cow country where there is a crossing every 5-10 miles, this was in an area with crossings half a mile apart.

Think about why that doesn't help.
<snip>
So please I am missing something and uncertain why the professional truck driver couldn't problem-solve his way around avoiding felony charges.


My late father-in-law, who was an engineer on the Mo-Pac, and retired in the late seventies, I think, told me, before he died, that one thing that had pushed him to retire was the idiot truck drivers, hauling gasoline and other fuels, who kept trying to beat the train to the grade crossing. If he'd hit one, he would have died in the fire, too.....
 
2017-09-12 04:58:46 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: If you drive around, you solve the problem for yourself.
If you hold the gate open, you solve the problem for some
If you take the gate off and throw it in the ditch, you've solved the problem for everyone.  Except the guy who drives across the tracks at the very same time the next train comes through but, hey, he was probably a jerk or a pedo or a tax dodger.  Or a pedo, tax dodging jerk.  He probably didn't pray hard enough every day to stay alive.


If you're too dumb to stop for the blinking lights and the ringing bell...
 
2017-09-12 05:59:35 PM  

puffy999: Kirablue42: elkboy: fusillade762: railroad mischief

"So what are you in for?"

[theministryrpg.com image 500x210]

what is that gif from, if you don't mind my asking?

"Bebe's Kids"


The map doesn't die, it multiplies.
 
2017-09-12 07:49:58 PM  

Splinthar: The Jami Turman Fan Club: Splinthar: Splinthar:
Ok thats a great deal of blame transference when the right answer is to go half a mile down the road to the next crossing:
https://goo.gl/maps/h4YRBUPevpj
 This wasn't high cow country where there is a crossing every 5-10 miles, this was in an area with crossings half a mile apart.

Think about why that doesn't help.

I have to be missing something, if the arm is down and stuck down than one direction of traffic is blocked.  So why is going to the next crossing (by either turning around or backing the literal 300 feet ) via the sideroad I marked on the map not resolve the problem?

I mean I get it he could be blocked in by traffic but you can't tell me it was gridlock since the opposite direction of traffic would be able to clear the path.  And the article states it was only the one crossing (not the one I linked) impacted by a failure.  So while there may have been plenty of traffic backed up (who knows maybe that portion of Indiana gets lots of rush hour) the roads would be available if he had simply pulled up his GPS unit.

So please I am missing something and uncertain why the professional truck driver couldn't problem-solve his way around avoiding felony charges.


There wasn't enough space to turn around, even if he was willing to block oncoming traffic.
 
2017-09-12 09:34:43 PM  
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WTF kind of place is this, anyway?
 
2017-09-13 07:05:14 AM  

The Jami Turman Fan Club: I'll add- this was a truck.  Using the cutout would likely not have been an option.  That truck would have been stuck until they repaired it- that could be hours or even days.


Because trucks can't drive backwards?
 
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