Railroad Crossing Safety

This was something that was drilled into me from the time i was small. We lived only 1/4 mile from the Union Pacific Railway, the busiest tracks in the north. Every year the UP with the state patrol would put a car that had been decimated by a train on a trailer and haul it around the county fairs. My brother had 5 classmates killed when a train hit them, I had 3 that we lost in one year.

Do not walk on or near the tracks.
Do Not place anything on the tracks, trains run on friction-if the friction is disconnected, the train will derail and cost thousands and possibly hurt somebody.
Do not stop your car on the tracks. If your car stalls on the tracks, get out-get everybody out.
Do not shift your manual while going over tracks.. I always thought this was a myth my older brother tried to con me into believing, it's not. keep your car in gear and DO NOT press the clutch or shift while on the tracks, it is possible to drop your transmission on the tracks.

An average train on the UP is 2-3 miles, traveling 50-60 mph unless they are in a city (30k or more) in which case they slow down to 45. Going 60 mph, it will take the train AT BEST 3 miles to stop from the first time they hit the brakes. They cannot stop if they see you or a car on the tracks-they can only pray, radio it in and hit the brakes.
The railroad tracks are dangerous.

    I live in a small town with tons of railroads tracks. They teach the kids all the time in school all about railroad safety and what to do and what not to do. I grew up in a big city and never learned that type of thing in school.
      8Theresa Gould
      I remember all of those things but do not know if it was taught at school or by my parents. Very good things to remember and teach our children.
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