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Problem is, perhaps, the great majority of the population don't know enough about trains to realise how (potentially) dangerous they are. Modern trains are (generally) much faster and quieter than the old ones were and you really do not want to be in the path of one.

 

My generation spent our boyhoods crawling around engine sheds, and you jolly well learned to have a healthy respect for the machines. To this day, I can't even cross over a rusted siding without looking both ways. But we live in a world where youths grab hold of 25,000 volt cables and are surprised when they get burned.

 

Anyone who visits Manchester can have an amusing ride on the front seat of a tram, and watch as pedestrians saunter in front of the moving vehicles, which they do on a regular basis. Funnily enough, very few people would be so hardy as to step out in front of a moving bus, but trams somehow, seem to be fair game. It's as if people think they are made of foam or something. Very odd. 

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17 minutes ago, Poggy1165 said:

Anyone who visits Manchester can have an amusing ride on the front seat of a tram, and watch as pedestrians saunter in front of the moving vehicles, which they do on a regular basis. Funnily enough, very few people would be so hardy as to step out in front of a moving bus, but trams somehow, seem to be fair game. It's as if people think they are made of foam or something. Very odd. 

Plenty of that in the You Tube videos of trams (mainly in Russia).

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26 minutes ago, melmerby said:

Plenty of that in the You Tube videos of trams (mainly in Russia).

 

And especially in this video of San Francisco in 1905 taken from a tram before the earthquake the following year. I wonder what the pedestrian accident rate was?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5VXIp8Ux8c

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