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Mike Boucher

Steam Loco vs Car

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Reading and Northern 4-6-2 was running excursions today, and someone decided to try to leave a parking lot without Stopping, looking, or listening.  No crossing gates, apparently, as it was a parking lot, but how the hell did they NOT hear the whistle and notice the big, blue locomotive coming at them.

 

No injuries, no major damage to the loco, but a few shaken up people in the car, and I'm sure the engine crew was a bit upset.  Passengers were apparently unaware until they stopped.

Video on you-tube, reaction from a spectator makes in not exactly safe for work audio...

 

Edited by Mike Boucher

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Oh I know this one....., train 1... car 0....

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We see similar 'confrontations' on our roads, here in Melbourne. For the most part, the trams seem to suffer minimal damage, in sharp contrast to the cars involved. 

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The problem is now that the RBMN railroad will probably have to be subject to a safety and accident investigation, consuming time effort and money, as a result of the idiot car driver. And I today's litigious environment, the railroad may have to defend itself in court as a r,exult of this stupidity. Thankfully no-one was badly hurt, but it could have been a lot worse. And all because someone couldn't wait or was driving distracted.

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Ungated crossings like that are plentiful in the US.

Maybe the driver would have realised had it been a diesel, the air horns sound quite different to a steam whistle.

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Ungated crossings like that are plentiful in the US.

Maybe the driver would have realised had it been a diesel, the air horns sound quite different to a steam whistle.

 

Given how close the train was to the crossing by the time the car even appeared, the driver should have seen it, never mind heard the whistle....

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Yes, but look at the curvature of those tracks.  The train clearly swerved into the path of the vi-hi-cle!

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Hell, the Darwin Awards qualifiers are setting a high bar this year...

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Given how close the train was to the crossing by the time the car even appeared, the driver should have seen it, never mind heard the whistle....

Never mind seen or heard, he/she should have been able to feel it approaching.

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Well they certainly did .....eventually..... may be when the firemans shovel was hitting them over the head.... 

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We've got dopes aplenty here around the tourist railways...this one is nearly inexplicable.

 

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