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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Matthyro, Aug 25, 2003.
Very good point
There is something about physically being in a car, van, pickup, suv, etc... that makes some people feel both invulnerable. And invincible and heaven help anyone who gets in their way. Personally I think that it has something to do with the physiologically impossable, but all too common position of the drivers head.
Drivers, DON'T TRY TO BEAT THE TRAIN! LET THE TRAIN PASS, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES! Proven research shows that it takes a fully loaded freight train going 55mph a MILE AND A HALF to come to a complete stop. Besides, would I risk my life just to try to get to work on time! This is NOT directed to railroaders or any of you. I feel very saddened for the engineer, they shouldv'e known.
We're all train lovers; isn't it a lot more fun to wait and watch the train go by even if it does make us a bit late?
We are train lovers but the general public aren't . "How dare that silly train delay me from where I want to go. If I could get around the train somehow I would". Just listen to your neighbors to find out how much the don't like train noise and especially the horn.
As warped as this may...
It's a fact of life. People do stupid things. Having been calused sufficiently through my life I can pretty much say that I'd rather not be in the driver's seat when a tragedy like that happens. But, when it's happening before you, what do you do?
I know a gal who readily created "News Live" by driving 'round a crossing gate, got her car clobbered by a commuter train on the Lansdale Line. She's more impressed with the video tape of her after the accident, since she survived- no mention of what drove her to drive through. I love stupid people.
I saw a deer explode across the nose of a KWhopper on I-287 (stupid deer), I heard the screams of a guy in a "vette" (broken in half after taking on a bridge abutment) after he peeled out and impressed a soon afterwards dead girlfriend with his kewl car. I wrecked a car totally "faced". Some people learn, some don't.
I love stupid people. Makes for good jokes, reading and intersting posts on the Gauge.
These all demonstrate Darwinism at work.
Famous last words,"I can make it!"
yup. Ppl around here don't know why trains stop at the 2nd or 3rd car often. It seems as though I'm the only one to know that knows there's a signal that makes even the trains stop.
Re: As warped as this may...
Did you see that TV clip a year or so back where a woman who was waiting for a train at a crossing got rear ended and pushed in front of the locomotive? She was lucky enough to survive, and called 911 on her cellphone, but couldn't tell the emergency people exactly where she was as the train couldn't stop and kept pushing her car along the tracks.
I have had a few close calls. Unfortunately it's not a case of if but when. One guy who had about five accidents in his career gave me one piece of advise.......he said "never look at them in the eyes.
If you know it's too late.....just look away."
And it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the woman didn't run up to the engineer and give him what for, for not stopping. lol
Friend of mine is a young conductor. He is on a train that hits and kills a young kid, that he went to school with! More ironic, the conductor's dad runs the funeral home where the services took place.
Another from long ago..
A fellow I used to work with told me about witnessing a friend get killed when he was a kid. They had put some pennies on the tracks, when the train was not quite finished going by one of them rushed up to the tracks to be first to get the pennies. The caboose steps hit him in the head.