Old 08-02-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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You've just got to see this to believe it. I've seen some daft trespass in my time, but this one, in Russia, has to take the biscuit.

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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Makes me sick to watch..

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Old 08-02-2010, 07:57 PM   #3
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http://books.google.com/books?id=4Mw...ctible&f=false

Or if that doesn't work, try this --

http://tinyurl.com/23drwn6

Start at the paragraph that says "The teen brain is unaccustomed..."
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WOW! That is sickening. I don't know how you could be that dumb.
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wow, people are just clueless about the risks they're taking
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I guess I'm the only one who didn't have any kind of reaction to this. Actually, I yawned.
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I guess I'm the only one who didn't have any kind of reaction to this. Actually, I yawned.
Ah, the effects of the ever-increasing sensationalism of the media. People start to become blasť to such extreme acts.


On the other hand, perhaps Jim's used to seeing this. What's your neighbourhood like, exactly, Jim?

Oh, now I see it. Is that Jim in the background with the camera?

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It must be scary for the driver to see this happen as the train approaches.

Just imagine being the driver of this train:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we_MmdNOAJE
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Ah, the effects of the ever-increasing sensationalism of the media. People start to become blasť to such extreme acts.


On the other hand, perhaps Jim's used to seeing this. What's your neighbourhood like, exactly, Jim?

Oh, now I see it. Is that Jim in the background with the camera?


I guess I've just seen a lot of weird stuff in my life...so yeah, I suppose I'm a little desensitized to seeing something like this.
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Looks kind of fun.
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The engineer didn't stop?
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"Take it from a railroad mechanic like me, if you try that in North America, the traction motors on the locomotives hang down to about 5 inches above the ties." Is this true? This would mean that they would be hitting small rocks sitting on the asphalt at grade crossings.
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"Take it from a railroad mechanic like me, if you try that in North America, the traction motors on the locomotives hang down to about 5 inches above the ties." Is this true? This would mean that they would be hitting small rocks sitting on the asphalt at grade crossings.
Not to mention the paved crossings where the center section is at rail height.
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Thats what I was talking about, Jim. I think it might be a little higher, but then again, he claims to be a RR mechanic.
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Take it from a rocket scioentist like me....

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Thats what I was talking about, Jim. I think it might be a little higher, but then again, he claims to be a RR mechanic.
I can't speak to the exact height of the traction motors from the railhead but one story from an engineer friend of mine does stand out here. There was a particular crossing on a eastern mainline that had a mud-pumper just on one side of it and if you went through at track speed the engine would "bounce" enough that the fuel tank would "bottom out" on the crossing with a nice bang & scrape over the road...

Suffice to say I wouldn't want to try that little stunt. You to could be a human dragging equipment detector! (although you may not survive to report the defect)
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We all are locomotive experts, and I say we ask for a volunteer to validate these claims!
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:22 PM   #19
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Maybe this can help, EMD GT22CW-2 locomotive D77 traction motors. i dont know how there are in that rail car of the video but I guess that must be similar.



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For what little it's worth, depth from the top of tie to the top of rail is about 8", plus another 1-2" for the "cutout" in the concrete tie (depending on the profile of the ties in use).
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I wouldn't want to try it facing this pilot.

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Doesn't it depend on the rail weight too? Last I saw 136 was taller than say 90.
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Doesn't it depend on the rail weight too? Last I saw 136 was taller than say 90.
Yes, absolutely; however, there's no mistaking the heavy rail on concrete ties depicted in the video.
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In most New York City underground subway stations, there is a trough between the rails. In other words, the ties don't go from rail to rail. So if you lie on your back or stomach, you will below the rail head and thus you won't be hit. However, the troughs are often quite full of trash, liquid or other effluent so you might not want to lie face down. On the other hand, lying on your back while 400 tons of machinery screeches to a halt inches above your face might make you produce even more effluent anyway.

I was taught this in the MTA's safety "Track Class." However it was, shall we say, not recommended.
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