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Old 11-12-2011, 11:11 AM
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Hello everyone, it's about time for my annual vent about railroad safety.

I'm sure many of us live around or even near some railroad tracks. I for one work on them. I have worked as a locomotive engineer (I drive the train, though we refer to it as "running") for the past almost 6 yrs, and was a conductor for almost 8 1/2 before that.

Please take the time to "Stop, Look, and Listen", as it can allow you to continue to LIVE. Trains are even worse than a big rig when it comes to stopping. The stopping distances of a train are quite large...

Consider this...

What we would consider a lightly loaded train is about 3000 TONS (about 6,000,000 pounds). If this lightly loaded train is traveling at a modest 30 MPH it will take it in excess of a half a mile to stop, even under emergency braking circumstances. Most train (at least the ones that I run) are not lightly loaded. The typical train that I run is around 7000-8000 TONS, and will travel at speeds of 45-55 MPH. When you increase the speed, weight, or both the stopping distances increase dramatically. Some of the trains that I run the most are loaded coal trains (going to one power plant or another) and weight in at over 18000 TONS (that is 36,000,000 pounds).

When you come up to an area where the tracks cross a road way, please take the time to stop, look, and listen. By the time that you see the train that may be bearing down on you, it's probably too late to get out of the way, and there is not way in hell the train will be able to stop. In fact as callous as it sounds, we're trained not to do anything except sound the whistle (horn) until after impact. There are too many near misses, and every application of the emergency brakes has the potential of derailment. We haul some really nasty chemicals that I'd rather not dump on the ground, or worse yet into a near by water source (hydrocyanic acid, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, just to name a few).

It's also not a good idea to be walking along the tracks. If you're touching a cross tie, then you can potentially get hit by a train. The crew on the train may not be able to see you, especially if it's dark, and believe it or not, you may not be able to hear the train approaching either. There are many other factors involved... what'll you do if you trip and fall, or get your foot stuck....

Please take the time to talk to your kids and loved one about the dangers of railroad tracks. A little common sense, and a lot of paying attention can save a lot of grief. Having a collision with an automobile is never easy on those who were in the vehicle, but what many people don't consider is the toll that it takes on the crew of the train, who were helpless to do anything except watch it happen. Fatal road crossing accidents have ended more than one engineer's career, and it's unfortunate, as every single road crossing collision is avoidable.

Please take a minute to check out the Operation Lifesaver website. It's a non profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public on the dangers around railroad tracks.

Thanks for allowing me to vent, as I see far too much of what shouldn't ever happen.

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That is good info, great post!

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I drive by a simple rule. If it's Bigger, it wins! The average train weights about 1 ton for every Lb my truck weighs....nuf said!
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One pedestrian a month is killed on the train tracks in a nearby town, it is a Surfing town & there is about 1/2 mile between pedestrian walkways like bridges
Roughly 44 passenger trains traveling up to 90 mph, plus seven freight trains, rush down the tracks each day & they are going to add a 2nd set of tracks & double the amount of trains

They have finally decided that too many pedestrians are being killed, this has been going on for more years than i can remember. They have decided to put 3 pedestrian tunnels under the tracks

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/en...30c9381d6.html
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. They have decided to put 3 pedestrian tunnels under the tracksl]
These are great! They keep the idiots off of the tracks and away from the trains!


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This is too important of a topic. I see everyday the effects of people not taking the time to look and listen, so that they may live.


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PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE NOT REAL INJURED PEOPLE< ITWAS A PRACTICE SCENARIO< ALL BLOOD IS MAKE-UP< NO ONE WAS INJURED OR HURT IN THESE PICTURES> THEY ARE LOCAL HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS! THIS WAS SET UP FOR RAILROAD SAFETY AWARNESS WEEK.


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P.S. im in pic number 7 farthest to the left peeking in the car with the yellow jacket :P haha hope you all enjoy the pics, i felt they would fit, and help prove excoasties point, rail safety is important

**edit** i guess my "blacking out in photoshop" worked, i blacked out the actors faces just incase people were offended by the fake blood

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I think showing those pics is exactly what people need to see - the dangers and the consequences of not being safe and respecting railroad crossings, great post!

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