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Old September 7th, 2010, 07:56 PM   #61
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I like the signs above the street warning about the overhead wire at those Belgian crossings.

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we have those, too (actually, i think it is present in all ex-YU countries).

btw, i see that Belgium has that zvrrrrrrrrrrrr at the beginning, just as France
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Old September 7th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #62
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There are some barriers that are still operated by the train driver. Though they are low-traffic lines, with like 8-10 trains a day. Some are near the croatian border.
Mostly they are near train stations or somewhere where the trafic is regular but rare and railway workers are near to handle with the mechanism. Those barriers can also look normal (modern), but because they are not connected with the security mechanism (and as such are much cheaper) railway workers must be near and press the button to put them down.

If the person is stopping the road trafic it is usually conductor or driver's assistant.
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Old September 7th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #63
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I like the signs above the street warning about the overhead wire at those Belgian crossings.

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I've always found them old fashioned
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Old September 8th, 2010, 07:17 AM   #65
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Looks like a major gate malfunction on the last one.
BTW: manned/ manual grade crossing gates are virtually unheard of in the USA.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 07:47 AM   #66
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Looks like a major gate malfunction on the last one.
BTW: manned/ manual grade crossing gates are virtually unheard of in the USA.
There was one in Neenah, WI (Winneconne Ave) until the crossing was replaced with a bridge in about 1990. The tower where its operator worked is now on display at the museum in North Freedom, WI.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 08:30 AM   #67
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Sounds interesting (I would still hazard to guess that over 98% of all US crossings are automatic.)
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Those British warning "bells" sound like my weather radio.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #68
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Looks like a major gate malfunction on the last one.
BTW: manned/ manual grade crossing gates are virtually unheard of in the USA.
I think it was just recently installed. According to Google Earth there are some railway crossings in Mexico that still lack gates.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:27 PM   #69
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A typical railway crossing in Bulgaria. If you are impatient to see the train, go directly to 4:45. There is a dumb ass who goes around the barriers at 2:18.


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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #70
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such long waiting times is the cause that people drive between the barriers
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such long waiting times is the cause that people drive between the barriers
No.
STUPIDITY makes people drive between barriers.
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Septa is now installing these at Major Intersections and all Ped Crossings





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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #73
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STUPIDITY makes people drive between barriers.
Nearly 5 minutes of waiting incitates people to cross even with barriers, the railway has its faults, too.
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Nearly 5 minutes of waiting incitates people to cross even with barriers, the railway has its faults, too.
Until the time when another train will come from the other side, crushing the stupid crosser to death.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #75
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The point is these kinds of crossings need to be credible. Nobody takes a crossing serious if the gates close, but a train doesn't arrive for another 4 or 5 minutes.

A closed gate at a busy 1x2 highway means the waiting line will easily be as much as 120 vehicles (or more than 1 km) in either direction. It takes another few minutes for the queue to clear. Simply unacceptable.
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The point is these kinds of crossings need to be credible. Nobody takes a crossing serious if the gates close, but a train doesn't arrive for another 4 or 5 minutes.

A closed gate at a busy 1x2 highway means the waiting line will easily be as much as 120 vehicles (or more than 1 km) in either direction. It takes another few minutes for the queue to clear. Simply unacceptable.
Yet you have Draw Bridges on Major highways in the Netherlands , those stay open for 15 mins. I heard they open once an hour. Thats ridiculous.....that would drive me insane. Then theres the 3-6 mins German Crossing waits. The most you have to wait here is 2 mins , most of the time its 45secs.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #77
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Railroad crossings in/near Kamloops:

Uncontrolled:


Semi controlled (lights, audible warning, no barriers)



Fully controlled:
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Old September 13th, 2010, 07:52 AM   #78
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Except for the design of the 'crossbucks', Canadian markings and signals are virtually identical to those of the USA. As I mentioned upthread, I'd like to see the USA adopt a cross between the Canadian and USA crossbucks, with both the words and the red outline.

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Old September 16th, 2010, 12:15 AM   #79
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State-of-the art rail crossing barricades tested in Michigan
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