Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 31 to 40 of 48
  1. #31
    Elite Member sandman2234's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    4,127
    Location
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Tractor
    JD2555 and a few Allis Chalmers

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    Quote Originally Posted by hogheadCTD View Post
    Im not touching Sandmans post with a 10 foot pole. It would just ignite a p!ssing match 20 pages long. I see fault on both sides but I wasnt there so I wont speculate.
    There is no doubt the driver learned a valuable lesson, and lived to remember it. What he should have done was what the conductor did, which was fake an injury. *Ok, 99% sure it was fake, give him 1% of a chance) but faking an injury isn't the right way, so no law suit grounds to counter sue with against the r/r employee's suit.
    There is no doubt that mistakes were made on both sides, and this accident is where my signature line comes from. The driver learned from his mistakes, and learned a lot from the accident as far as just how far some people are willing to go with greed. Despite all of the mistakes on both sides, the drivers contributing factors were considerable less toward the overall picture, and in the end the courts agreed. However, the civil suits were beyond my control and the companies settled out of court for more money than I would have ever guessed them to. They just paid the guy what it would have cost them to take it to court and that kept them from chances of getting a jury verdict against them.
    As far as being there to get your side of the story, it wouldn't have mattered because the first impression you would have gotten would probably been the same one everybody else who was there, or learned of the accident. Driver got hit on the tracks...Driver is at fault. Not until the actual rulebook of the railroad came up, did anyone ever believe the driver might not have been in the wrong.
    David from jax
    A serious accident is one that money won't fix.

  2. #32
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    171
    Tractor
    Cub 7274

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    You have no idea how many times when trying to flag a crossing I was nearly wiped out by someone not paying attention that was with a fusee and lamp etc
    Also the rule stated "until fully occupied" not until the entire train cleared the crossing but it also states that crossings are not to be occupied for more than 5 minutes unless moving but that does not include "switching" many times while doing so we would have to clear a crossing or you could be ticketed by the police
    However a 10000 ft train going through a 10 mph slow order could take much longer and there would be no violation

  3. #33
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    205
    Location
    land of living sky
    Tractor
    B434 ,V 700 and 1086

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    Quote Originally Posted by hogheadCTD View Post
    ^^^^ Yes sir, sorry to hijack your thread
    Thanks ,I wasn't trying to be a dxxk just trying to force the issue of caution ,our province only has a million people and I am sure there are at least 1 dozen a year killed at level crossings and many controled.

  4. #34
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    793
    Location
    Maine

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    i know i shouldn't even bother to post anything in the safety forum, but for whatever reason i'm still compelled to do so. i hate to sound uncaring or callous, but if we have to plead with people to not try and outrun a multiple thousand ton mass of metal being preceded by flashing lights, bells, and whistles, then we're doing nothing more than wasting valuable oxygen when saying it. we need an age of enlightenment and personal responsibility in the world, and we need it right now. if you can't figure out that it's a bad idea to attempt it, then please don't expect the rest of the world to have to remind you of it. it's a tragedy that their families and friends have to experience the loss, but rather than telling the next person to please not do this, i'm going to say: look at what person "x" did - don't be the next one to make a bad decision.

  5. #35
    Super Member Mace Canute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    6,194
    Location
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    lostcause, agreed 100 %! It's a waste of time trying to advise some people to stop and wait; they will risk their lives and whomever else is riding with them regardless of what logical argument you make to convince them to just wait a few minutes.

    However, I don't think it ever hurts to remind everyone to be attentive when crossing train tracks and sometimes that reminder sticks a little better with evidence of what happened to others who didn't exercise due diligence!

  6. #36
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    473
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Tractor
    MASSEY FERGUSON 1532

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    There are a few tracks in our area that are within a block of a traffic light . It amazes me how many stop on the tracks .

  7. #37
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    1,345
    Location
    Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Tractor
    Kioti DK45SC

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    Quote Originally Posted by dave1949 View Post
    The difference between the plane and train is, you know the plane is going to land--and maybe even get to a gate. The captain usually informs passengers about any unusual waits. The slowing/sitting train however has no way of telling motorists when it intends to move, or not. It is the lack of knowing that was frustrating.
    FWIW, I think there are a couple of even more critical differences in the airplane analogy, namely, airplanes don't block your car and you are a passenger. That is, the train is just a hindrance to you, so you tend to resent it more and more the longer it gets in the way of your path. As a plane passenger, you may not be happy for delays, but at least it is part of you going about your business, rather than somebody else's business interfering in your life! The psychology of the situation is greatly different.

  8. #38
    Bronze Member hogheadCTD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    83
    Location
    North Central Iowa
    Tractor
    70' John Deere 3020, 73' John Deere 2030 w/ JD 145 fel

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    The point I was trying to make with the airplane analogy was "when you hurry, thats when accidents happen and it could injury anybody in the area."

    If you think you can get the train moving faster while getting the work done, by all means climb on up!

  9. #39
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    171
    Tractor
    Cub 7274

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    the old saying you can do 4 hrs work in 8 or 8 hrs work in 4 or "hurry up and wait" the RR will never change

  10. #40
    Super Star Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Posts
    10,843
    Location
    Triangle Of North Carolina
    Tractor
    JD 4700

    Default Re: Please slow down .

    Quote Originally Posted by MF 1532 View Post
    There are a few tracks in our area that are within a block of a traffic light . It amazes me how many stop on the tracks .
    The route I used to drive to work would take me over a RR track. This track went through a town and next to a major state road that was well over its design capacity. The traffic would back up at the state road intersection every morning. The road and RR track where with in feet of each other. There were three intersections that would cross that RR track and allow access to the major road. Years ago the track ran far above the roads and a semi truck from a major moving company got stuck on the tracks and a train hit him. Nobody was killed but given the amount of traffic at the intersection I am surprised someone in another vehicle was not hurt. Eventually the road bed and train track height was fixed at numerous intersections along 4-5 miles of track.

    A couple of the crossing did not have guards just signs. What always amazed me was how many people would stop on the tracks in spite of the signs and what should be common sense. Both freight and Amtrac ran down that track during this drive time. The drivers KNEW that trains would be passing through at some point yet they would still park on the tracks. How cars did not get hit still amazes me. I would always leave space for people to back up when they parked on the tracks. Most of the time the stopped cars could not move forward and if the car behind them did not leave space would be no way for the car to move off the tracks if a train was on the way.

    Later,
    Dan

Page 4 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Slow, SLOW self propelled mower
    By JDgreen227 in forum General Lawn & Garden
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-12-2011, 03:50 PM
  2. Slow
    By MDM in forum Mahindra Buying/Pricing
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-09-2009, 03:06 PM
  3. slow.........
    By MessickFarmEqu in forum News/Feedback
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-23-2006, 08:33 AM
  4. Slow-Up
    By Chuck52 in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-22-2003, 04:59 PM
  5. Slow.
    By Thomas in forum Related Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-29-2000, 01:49 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2016 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.