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 Post subject: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:35 pm 

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Header says all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zO50Ae ... pp=desktop


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:26 pm 

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Hi
Let me guess he could hear the whistle, or see the train approaching the Grade Crossing?
At least no one was hurt, that's the important thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:44 am 

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People complain how 'dumb' deer are for crossing the road in front of cars and getting hit. Apparently, this is the human equivalent.

During WWII, pilots put marks on the side of their planes for each plane they shot down, can the R&N paint a little profile of a car on the side of 425 :^)

Glad everyone was OK - things could have gotten ugly if the pole the car subsequently hit came down.

Regards,

Art S.


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:12 pm 

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Can't wait to hear what the driver of the car has to say about that!


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:42 pm 

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Pat Fahey wrote:
Let me guess he could hear the whistle, or see the train approaching the Grade Crossing?


Train Approaching
Whistle Screaming
STOP!! Avoid That
Rundown Feeling
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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:44 pm 

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Joe didn't listen, look, or stop
So they dragged his car into the shop.
It only took a week or two
To make Joe's car as good as new.
But though they looked high and low,
They could find no spare parts
For Joe.


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:47 pm 

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Listen Up,
If You'd Be Spared,
Trains Don't Whistle
Because They're Scared.
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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:10 am 

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Television story on this incident.

http://www.pahomepage.com/news/train-in ... 3831342149


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:11 pm 

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Okay, the driver said he didn't hear it coming. I would say it's time to surrender his driver's license then.


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:34 pm 

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Jennie K wrote:
Okay, the driver said he didn't hear it coming. I would say it's time to surrender his driver's license then.


Alas, impaired hearing isn't considered a driving risk. I know, it doesn't make sense to me either, but the numbers people, in other words the insurance business, doesn't think so.

http://blog.esurance.com/the-truth-abou ... drivers-2/

Having said that, I can't help but recall that the late Bill Mauldin, in his book "Coming Home," which was about his experiences becoming a civilian after WW II. Along with other things, he had a whole chapter on driving in America around 1946-1947.

In that chapter, he recounted some comments about a pilot who was convinced driving licenses should be tougher to get than pilots' licenses. As the pilot put it, takeoffs and landings required considerable skill, but once in the air, you didn't have much to do except check your gauges and occasionally correct your course. In addition to that, you were normally well away from any other traffic, and if something else was near, you had the whole sky to move around in.

By contrast, in an automobile, you were in close proximity to plenty of other traffic coming at high closing speeds in a constrained lane, you were constantly watching out for this traffic by moving your head continuously, and you were constantly changing direction and speed in a manner that required that head plus both hands and feet.

Truthfully, his description of driving sounds like flying a fighter plane in combat!

Maybe that's the attitude we should all have while driving to stay alive!

That and mandatory full retesting at renewal time!


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Crossing Incident with Reading & Northern 425
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:49 pm 

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Hi,

I was working for a company in Atlanta, GA and had to commute to Pleasant Valley, NY (manufacturing) once a month from 1995-1997.

I was able to show them that riding Amtrak with a sleeper was cheaper than flying full fair.

On one return trip from New York (Poughkeepsie) back to Atlanta, we were running on time in Georgia about to get home when the train slowed to an unexpected stop between Lula and Camilla. There is a road along the railroad most of the way between the two towns.

As it turned out, the train was stopped because of hit a vehicle (it was such a twisted mess that I did not know if it was a car or a puck-up) at a dirt road crossing. The driver (who died) was lived back on the dirt road for many years and used the crossing daily. He was apparently distracted and drove out in front of the Amtrak train and it basically shut down Norfolk-Southern (ex-Southern) for several hours. He died on the scene and so the County coroner had to be called out.

It is very important to keep tabs on you driving and not text message or talk on a cell phone. Otherwise you might see what you expect (no obstructions) than what is actually there.

FWIW

Doug vV


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