I don’t think it really makes a difference whether an underpass or overpass is built. You mentioned autos crashing onto tracks from overpasses. Not too terribly long ago a motorist in the States was killed when a derailing train fell on his car that was traveling through I think an underpass. So, if one is in the wrong place at the wrong time, well …
It has been my experience that accidents are generally caused by someone doing something stupid. If society could figure out how stupidity could be prevented, that may be the answer, but I presently wouldn’t bet on it.
K.P. in the last post series mentioned a fatality by Hamilton Blvd. in Pomona, within the confines of the old CP AL514 HAMILTON (and future one too).
Not too long ago the citizens of Pomona, specifically those near Hamilton Blvd., requested an overpass NOT be built there. Previously, the powers that be had plotted for an underpass to be built, but UP claimed an underpass couldn’t be built with their track arrangement (and the proliferation of CP switches). Since the people didn’t want an overpass, planners decided to forgo a grade separation and make improvements to the existing grade crossings in the area.
In light of the recent tragedy (photo above), it has to be wondered if the people of Pomona will now request an overpass be built at Hamilton Blvd.
Of course, sometimes overpasses are counterproductive. Take for example at Bakersfield, CA.
That overpass has NO sidewalks. Matters of fact two overpasses have no sidewalks.
So, UP has to contend with the walking people of Bakersfield trespassing out of desperation to get to the other side of the tracks. Odd situation!
(For the enlightenment of those unfamiliar with Bakersfield, West Colton Classification Yard in Colton-Fontana, CA on the Sunset Route often sorts cars that are then routed to Bakersfield and further north.)
The newer overpasses (and underpasses) on the Sunset Route, ccltrains, are state of the art affairs. It is unknown if the U.K. has such advanced grade separations. I haven’t been there. My wife goes there once and a while and loves to visit the castles. That is her thing. But, I know better than ask her for an assessment of U.K. grade separations!
To All: Photobucket … and This Website
Problems with photobucket.com have been tolerated for some time. Very recently Photobucket seems to have renewed itself, and much of the problems seem to have gone away. Earlier today I did something I’ve learned not to do, have photobucket.com and trainsmag.com open at the same time. Earlier, Photobucket was a charm and worked flawlessly. Then, I opened trainsmag.com. Right away the computer started to malfunction bigtime. Eventually, I restarted the computer and only had trainsmag.com open and posting thereafter went moderately well.
In that light, I had thought maybe photobucket was the culprit, but one has to now wonder if the trainsmag.com website is the real problem!