Old 08-17-2006, 02:35 AM   #1
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A wrong turn onto the highway leads me right to one of the more exciting or stupid events I've ever seen. After completely forgetting which direction on Rte. 9 to turn onto to go home (partially because I was watching the other idiots on the road and because I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the day) I end up taking the parkway up to my favorite "same ol spot", CP-Potter. As I am crossing the Inman Ave. crossing by the "Potter barn", I look to left to check the siding, and to my suprise nothing, but as my back tires clear the rails the bell starts to go off. I quickly pull into the 'Bagel Chateau' parking lot (I should be getting paid for advertising) and stop in the last spot so I can watch the power go by. After I watch the CR blue SD40-2 hit the crossing I notice a woman standing by the crossing gate but she didn't look like the 'pedestrian' type and she was holding her baby/child. After further examination of the scene I noticed that the crossing gate had come down on the roof of her car. Apparently, she had thought about beating the train, but then thought again, a little too late. The woman jumped out of her car after getting stuck not knowing how much room was between her and the tracks she grabbed her kid out of the car and stood about 5 feet back just in case. Luckily, the design of the crossing allowed for a few feet more of room than at a normal crossing.

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Notice the gate is towards the BACK of the car.

Here's a close-up of the crossing:
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Old 08-17-2006, 05:14 AM   #2
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Here's the genius:

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Notice the gate is towards the BACK of the car.
That reminds me of about every other train in Kirkwood, MO on a busy day. As you say, people never cease to amaze me. One gal got the back end of her car chomped a bit and the car spun around. She got pissed at the UP. Kirkwood gave her a trespassing summons. I have actually seen a car get into the crossing, have second thoughts, and then turn and get the car parallel to the tracks in enough time just before the train arrives to avoid problems. They were just a couple inches from the train, but they made it. That was in Princeton, IN, a two track crossing, the train was on the nearest track. None of this surprises me, though. People don't pay attention driving anywhere else. Why should they pay attention at a grade crossing? Stupidity is a great spectator sport, whether in the context of railroads or not.
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Old 08-17-2006, 05:21 AM   #3
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A wrong turn onto the highway leads me right to one of the more exciting or stupid events I've ever seen. After completely forgetting which direction on Rte. 9 to turn onto to go home (partially because I was watching the other idiots on the road and because I was trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the day) I end up taking the parkway up to my favorite "same ol spot", CP-Potter. As I am crossing the Inman Ave. crossing by the "Potter barn", I look to left to check the siding, and to my suprise nothing, but as my back tires clear the rails the bell starts to go off. I quickly pull into the 'Bagel Chateau' parking lot (I should be getting paid for advertising) and stop in the last spot so I can watch the power go by. After I watch the CR blue SD40-2 hit the crossing I notice a woman standing by the crossing gate but she didn't look like the 'pedestrian' type and she was holding her baby/child. After further examination of the scene I noticed that the crossing gate had come down on the roof of her car. Apparently, she had thought about beating the train, but then thought again, a little too late. The woman jumped out of her car after getting stuck not knowing how much room was between her and the tracks she grabbed her kid out of the car and stood about 5 feet back just in case. Luckily, the design of the crossing allowed for a few feet more of room than at a normal crossing.

Here's the genius:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewreject.php?id=279569

Notice the gate is towards the BACK of the car.

Here's a close-up of the crossing:
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Actually, she could have just pulled up too far, or perhaps she stopped as she saw the train coming, but was pulled too far forward. The first one happened to my aunt when I was in the car once, at a crazy grade crossing in South Chicago. The tracks cross directly through a 4-way intersection. She was pulled up a little too far, and the gate came down right on top of the car. Luckily, due to the design of the crossing, there was at least 10-15 feet between us and the train. Not saying this is necessarily what happened, but, just trying to show why you shouldn't jump to conclusions.

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Old 08-17-2006, 02:56 PM   #4
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Actually, she could have just pulled up too far, or perhaps she stopped as she saw the train coming, but was pulled too far forward. The first one happened to my aunt when I was in the car once, at a crazy grade crossing in South Chicago. The tracks cross directly through a 4-way intersection. She was pulled up a little too far, and the gate came down right on top of the car. Luckily, due to the design of the crossing, there was at least 10-15 feet between us and the train. Not saying this is necessarily what happened, but, just trying to show why you shouldn't jump to conclusions.

I shoul dhave been more clear that I was going through the crossing as the gates were about to come down and she wasn't even close to the crossing yet when I past her. The lights and bell had to be going for about 5-7 seconds before she approached. Look where the white 'stop' line is, I think she missed a little bit.
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I shoul dhave been more clear that I was going through the crossing as the gates were about to come down and she wasn't even close to the crossing yet when I past her. The lights and bell had to be going for about 5-7 seconds before she approached. Look where the white 'stop' line is, I think she missed a little bit.
Ok, in that case, then she amazes me too.
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Another amazing fellow. Train vs. Truck
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It is amazing how many truckers appear to be unaware of the dimensions of their vehicles... a particular bugbear in the UK is the "bridge bash" where a high truck attempts go under a bridge that is too low, this despite all such bridges being clearly labelled with the height.
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On a similer note, check out this brainiack



The gates were down for an express east-bound Metra. Man is that guy lucky CP rerouted the east bounds on the Elgin sub to the middle track.
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Ive seen this happen to many times in my career these people never learn you cant beat a train
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Ive seen this happen to many times in my career these people never learn you cant beat a train
And The Never Will Learn...lol
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How ironic that the engines were all Operation Lifesaver engines! LOL Hard to believe how close that front engine can to derailing, it sure was leaning hard for a bit.

I see people going around crossing arms all the time. But then I guess people are just idiots. Look at this story: http://batt14.blogspot.com/
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I see people going around crossing arms all the time. But then I guess people are just idiots.
You really want an aggravating crossing-gate running story? Yesterday, I was trying to chase a CP train heading north on the BRC. I picked it up on the east end of Clearing yard, got some shots of it turning onto the BRC's mainline north, and got back in my car. For those not familer with the BRC, this part of the line runs through a subdivided neighborhood, and the best parallel street is a side street. Since trains on the BRC go pretty slow, I figured I'd be able to get to a grade crossing, and get to the west side of the tracks, so I'd have the light on my back. It would have worked too, accept on the side street, I got stuck behind some guy who was driving about 15 mph (the speed limit's freak'n 25!).

I had enough of a head start that I was ahead of the train, but thanks to this guy, ever time I'd get to a cross-street that went over the BRC, the gates would just be going down. So I stayed on the side street, hoping that he'd turn off, or figure that I was trying to get around him and let me pass. No such luck. we finally came to the end of the side street, at which point he turned left towards the tracks. Since the gates weren't going down, I thought I had my chance to get to the other side, and turned left too, but just as I did, the gates started to go down.

But this didn't matter to the guy, he just gunned his engine and drove around the gates. This guy, who couldn't be bothered to drove the freak'n speed limit for the last two miles was in a big enough hurry that he didn't want to wait for a train (which ironiclly was a local and took about a miniute to clear the crossing).

Guy cost me my shot of the first patched Milwaukee Road geep I've seen in ages (let alone out of a yard), and risked his life to not get stuck at the crossing, both things that could have been avoided if he drove at a reasonable speed. Way to go.
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This guy, who couldn't be bothered to drove the freak'n speed limit for the last two miles was in a big enough hurry that he didn't want to wait for a train (which ironiclly was a local and took about a miniute to clear the crossing).
Figures doesn't it? I think that is a point that is often not stressed enough. How long does a train occupy a crossing? At track speed usually not very long. Even slower moving trains it usually is a couple of minutes.
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socalrailfan: That's just plain amazing! My wife works with elderly patients, though, so some things don't surprise me, but laying down on railroad tracks to take a nap... WOW...

I was out taking pictures of trains this evening when I had an encounter with an IOB. Train started moving (IOB was lucky it wasn't rolling along at speed!), gates come down, bell rings, lights flash, and along comes an Idiot Onna Bike, rides right around the gates without even stopping... I was so amazed I didn't even know what to say...
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Here is a close call that gives you an idea on how the crew must feel with nothing they can do if that car pulls forward.
Close call!!!!
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