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(CBC)   Life tip: red lights mean "stop", and trains tend to win   ( cbc.ca) divider line
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2013-01-16 10:07:36 AM  
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I really do not understand people who try to beat trains at crossings. On a list of things ranked according to their potential payoff versus their potential risk, that's waaaaaay down there for me.

Risking my life playing chicken with a 1/2 mile long line of steel to possibly save a couple minutes on my trip just doesn't seem wise.
2013-01-16 10:29:50 AM  
2 votes:
Reminds me of a Mr. Giles cartoon (Daily Telegraph, UK, from 1940s to about 2000).

It shows a British family in a much-too-small sail boat in peril of being swept under a large ship and somebody is quoting the old chesnut that steam has to give way to sail. The cartoon has been done before but Mr. Giles was a genius and could get away with a lot. As a matter of fact, he was a genial old British Communist working for a right wing newspaper owned by Lord Beaverbrook and everybody loved him for his common sense and his gentle satire. He had the rare gift of making people from the lowest hooligan to the Great and the Good look human and often loveable while exposing their follies and foibles to gentle Horatian satire and good-natured comedy. The Giles family migrated routinely from working class through lower middle to prosperous middle class with nobody caring a bit about the "continuity error" involved.

As my uncle, formerly with the Canadian armed forces point out, the stopping distance of a warship, even at low speed, is several lengths of the ship, so bugger "steam gives way to sail". It's just one of those helpful rules of thumb that don't work very well in real life once physics comes into play.

Or to quote my touchstone quotation on reality, Philip K. Dick defined reality as "that which, when you cease to believe in it, continues to exist".

Physics trumps right of way, something I have to remind myself every day when I cross the street at the light. When jaywalking, of course, you merely have a need for speed and good judgment.
2013-01-16 10:04:58 AM  
2 votes:
One of my favorite pastimes in this modern age of ours is to browse LiveLeak and Youtube for videos of trains running in to things. Intellectually it is a satisfying glimpse of the awesomeness that is physics. On a more visceral level there is usually a very loud bang. Maybe there will be dashcam footage of this later today.
2013-01-16 01:21:16 PM  
1 vote:

Jument: LOL! Why didn't they just push the car off the tracks???

Your guess is as good as mine.

Just recently here in San Diego a tow truck driver was killed after his truck was hit by a train. He was parked on the tracks assisting a disabled car. Those tracks have about 26 trains a day scream through between Amtrak and the Coaster but people still get hit all the time.

What I don't understand is why every time there is an accident like that or a suicide, the law enforcement agencies shut down the tracks for hours for an "investigation". What's to investigate? Someone was too stupid or too depressed to get out of the way of an oncoming train. It seems to me that the investigation should start and conclude with one phrase:

"Yep. Hit by a train."
2013-01-16 01:00:09 PM  
1 vote:
"I'm a lighthouse. Your call."
2013-01-16 11:12:42 AM  
1 vote:
My wife designs rail crossing signal systems.

/getting a kick
//her company has yet to have an accident in any of their crossings.
2013-01-16 10:19:15 AM  
1 vote:
If there is a traffic signal (New York), when the train is a 1/4 mile down the track it will pre-empt the signal so it is safe.
2013-01-16 10:13:45 AM  
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I watched you very carefully. Red light stop, green light go, yellow light go very fast.
2013-01-16 10:05:10 AM  
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