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Posted 25 January 2017 - 02:04 AM
Amtrak Routes taken
Empire Builder (Chi-Sea)
Southwest Chief (Lax-Abq)
Posted 25 January 2017 - 11:26 AM
Yes, thankfully no one got hurt.
I drove a big rig truck for several years and always looked both ways before crossing railroad tracks - just in case the lights and crossing arms were malfunctioning.
I still do today when driving my car.
"Plan for the worst. Hope for the best."
U. S. Congress - underground trolley system (1963) • Disneyland train (1968 and various other dates) • Old Tucson steam train (1969)
Amtrak: California Zephyr - Coast Starlight
. . . . . . .Total Amtrak miles - 11,390
• 4993 miles booked May '17 - Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle, Illinois Zephyr.
Posted 25 January 2017 - 12:00 PM
Posted 30 January 2017 - 05:44 PM
Story #1 A few weeks ago the at grade crossing near the beef plant in Liberal KS, one of the arms got damage in a wind storm. I call it in, and found out they had already been notified. The maintainer was enroute, but several trains got there before the maintainer. While the trains did not stop and flag, all were going at a restricted speed and blowing the horn hard as they approached that crossing. Other than one of the arm broken off the light were flashing as normal.
I came across a broken crossing signal once upon a time. Someone had apparently run into it and then simply laid the broken pieces against the remaining structure. At a glance it appeared to be fine but while I was spotting the area a train came through and half the structure suddenly fell off as the device attempted to spring into motion. I called the phone number on the reporting placard but instead of reaching the railroad I was connected to a Texas Highway Patrol clerk. Even with a clear description including the location code and cross streets they still had no idea what I was talking about. Made me wonder what use these people would be if a commercial truck or other serious blockage was stuck on the tracks. Seems like there could be a substantial delay while they tried to figure out what was being called in, where the problem was, what needed to be done, and who to tell about it.
Edited by Devil's Advocate, 30 January 2017 - 05:45 PM.
I'd rather be a glass half empty than a glass half fool.
Posted 02 February 2017 - 05:18 PM
Wasn't there a UTA crash a week or two before this, also at a grade crossing?
SJ - Norra Stambanan, Nordvästra stambanan, Södra stambanan, Dalabanan
NSB- Bergensbanen, Kongsvingerbanen, Rørosbanen, Dovrebanen, Flåmsbana, Roa–Hønefossbanen
Amtrak - Floridian, San Francisco Zephyr, Southwest Limited, Illini, State House
Posted 03 February 2017 - 05:48 PM
Edited by trainman74, 03 February 2017 - 05:48 PM.
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