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Don't mess with level crossings

Denzil
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Don't mess with level crossings

Scary CCTV clips from the BBC!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7878211.stm
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

plainly candidates for the darwin awards.
StickyMick
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Was looking at them just 20 minutes ago.
What sort of a mentality do these people have? Undecided
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Part of the problem is where barriers stay down for protracted periods with no trains passing - that just encourages people to be stupid.
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Not much I suspect Angry
Having been on a train once which someone jumped under, I feel for the drivers.
They must have been a bit shaken up.
StickyMick
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

I actually do have a mate who's an ex-train driver and has had someone do that on him. Shaken up is an understatement.
chrisndave
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

I would just like to say from an ex train drivers point of view that i have had  problems with people taking a chances on level crossing, you cannot tell the speed of an approching train, nore can you here it coming, it is like a tiger before you know it ,it's on top of you,  if people walking or in a car/etc etc you run the risk !! and for the driver it is a nightmare!! Sad
Quote from: Alex
Not much I suspect Angry
Having been on a train once which someone jumped under, I feel for the drivers.
They must have been a bit shaken up.
      what depot was you at
techguy
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

What a complete bunch of muppets
Have to go over a level crossing and I really hate it.
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Yeah I remember the train driver when I got off of the train.
He didn't move or could talk for about 10 minutes.
I think 'shock' was an understatement then.
This was about 3 years ago when we were coming into Maze Hill station (near Greenwich).
Can't say feeling the wheels going over a body is an 'experience' I would like to repeat  Shocked
Denzil
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

I've been a volunteer on a preserved railway for many years, so I like to think I have some understanding of the forces involved. Trains are heavy, fast, surprisingly quiet, and take a long way to stop. 200 tons of metal at speed can do a lot of damage.
Midnight_Caller
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All I can say is that they have a def wish.  Sad
scootie
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

do you reckon that guy made sure they was no train's coming before he went back for his shoe.
chrisndave
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Quote from: Denzil
I've been a volunteer on a preserved railway for many years, so I like to think I have some understanding of the forces involved. Trains are heavy, fast, surprisingly quiet, and take a long way to stop. 200 tons of metal at speed can do a lot of damage.
     (  55pound per squire inch when the brakes are applied, so yes it does take some time before you come to a standstil!!!!)  jim:green quote fixed mod:end
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Quote from: jelv
Part of the problem is where barriers stay down for protracted periods with no trains passing

That would only be at crossing controlled by a signal box, either locally or remotely via CCTV, and they would have full barriers. The signals could be pulled off until the barriers were down and locked IIRC.
A lot of the trouble seems to be with automatic half barriers which are not interlocked with the signalling and are set off by a train knocking a treadle a ahead of the crossing, the distance away being deternining by the maximum speed permitted on that section.
These crossing have telephones to the signal box..... alongside the electric railway............ hang on I only mentioned that yesterday  Wink  Cool
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Re: Don't mess with level crossings

Some people's stupidity never fails to amaze me. I think these people have a death wish.