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2013-05-12 12:48:19 AM  
3 votes:
Not again, how many people have to die before we regulate these sneaky trains, maybe a law to force them to follow a set route on a schedule or something,  mark the route with some raised lines and force the trains to keep a spotlight shining ahead as a warning, and have a loud bell, whistle, or horn something to warn the unsuspecting public that one of these stealth killers is nearby...
2013-05-12 05:42:22 AM  
2 votes:

doglover: Earbuds blocked out a train? BULLshiat. You can FEEL trains coming. Dude committed suicide.

You cannot.  You're walking on ties that aren't all tight over large rumbly rocks.  By the time you "feel" the train you've got just long enough to realize you're farked.
ANY drugs or alcohol impairment and first time you notice the train is when you go into shock under it.

When you're off to the side of the tracks - about 20 feet - you feel a shiatload of vibrations coming sideways about ten seconds before but right up at the ties there's NOTHING until the leading sinus of the coming load passes you.
Since most tracks are welded now you likely won't even hear THAT noise.  That sinus is about twenty feet long.   Dodge a car driving at 60 right for you with only 1/4 second notice?  Won't happen.

If you MUST to travel along tracks for any reason, walk backwards for ten seconds every thirty and don't walk between the rails.  A large portion of run-down injuries are amputations because people didn't roll-out when they dove to the side, they just left their leg(s) lay over the rail.   Simply collapsing to the side is 5x faster than trying to dodge out of the middle off the large tumbly rocks and the oil and mold slick ties.

A locomotive is 10 feet wide, the rails themselves are five feet wide.  "Safe" is walking on a side slope or further down. (sometimes shiat sticks out six feet from center line).
Just don't do it.  The only reason they come off the power is in case you're trying to warn them of something ahead.  The loco won't care about you, you and your dog, you and your dog and your children.
It wouldn't even notice the entire Duggar family carrying fried chicken, watermellons and jugs of sweet tea.   Sometimes you can feel the odd horse, cow or camel when they hit.
You only smell anything smaller.  Driver simply cannot see anything closer than 40 feet because watching the tracks that close is blocked off from view to keep them awake.

People who commit suicide by train wait off to the side and wave at the driver as they run out in front of the train.    They don't want to be stopped so they don't show their intentions.
2013-05-12 01:25:49 AM  
2 votes:
Dumb ways to die... so many dumb ways to die.
2013-05-12 12:45:23 AM  
2 votes:
Why would anybody walk on train tracks? Do I have to be the first person to ask this simple question?
2013-05-12 03:15:49 AM  
1 vote:
Happened to me once. I was walking along the tracks near the dam on the Huron River. The train came behind me while I was listening to Slayer full blast. I messed that train up bad.
2013-05-12 12:40:41 AM  
1 vote:
I live close to 1 mile away from a train track and I can hear them blow their whistles while approaching a crossing. How does one zone out that badly?
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