News Wire: Rail groups combine to promote safety in Florida; counter dangerous message

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 9:19 AM

WASHINGTON — Three rail-related organization have joined forces to publicize safety around Florida rail lines after recent deaths along the right-of-way of Brightline passenger service — and in response to what the groups call an anti-rai...

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/01/30-rail-groups-combine-to-promote-safety-in-florida-counter-dangerous-message

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:30 AM

The South Florida mindset is what is dangerous, not Brightline, Tri-Rail, FEC or CSX.

         

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, February 03, 2018 10:29 PM

BaltACD
The South Florida mindset is what is dangerous, not Brightline, Tri-Rail, FEC or CSX.

Frieght trains have become quieter rapidly so over the last several decades.    Back around 1970 I used to walk along the Milwaukee Road Twin Cities main and you could hear both the Passenger and Freight trains a long ways off as they approached, so it was relatively safer than it is today..........horns on the Passenger trains, the engine noise on the Freight trains (especially the 1st generation units).     Nowadays the train is almost right on you before you hear it due to quiet zones, quieter engines, quieter horns, etc.    It has become more dangerous over time.    Additionally they have ear pods and smart phones or walkmans today.

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Posted by pajrr on Sunday, February 04, 2018 5:59 AM

It is truly amazing the amount of money wasted by industry to compensate because common sense no longer exists in most of the human race, not just railroads, but things like laundry detergent and even cups of hot coffee.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Sunday, February 04, 2018 7:40 AM

pajrr
It is truly amazing the amount of money wasted by industry to compensate because common sense no longer exists in most of the human race, not just railroads, but things like laundry detergent and even cups of hot coffee.

One item I have noticed over time is the darwin theory does work most of the time, you just have to watch yourself on team related tasks such as those in the Armed Forces that the guy slated for darwin elimination doesn't take you with him.

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Posted by zugmann on Sunday, February 04, 2018 11:41 AM

pajrr

It is truly amazing the amount of money wasted by industry to compensate because common sense no longer exists in most of the human race, not just railroads, but things like laundry detergent and even cups of hot coffee.

 

You ever read into that coffee case?  Liebeck v. McDonald's Restaurants if you're interested.  

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Sunday, February 04, 2018 12:29 PM

Early in my "career" on the PRR, I was working with a signal crew somewhere South of Eaton Ohio and was on the track (single) and looked up and about 1 1/2 mile away I saw a headlight come around a curve. Passenger train from Chicago to Cincy. No sound. Naturally, I called HOT RAIL. but that train was quiet. No crossings near us and It impressed me on how deadly it could be if you were not alert. There was no sound until it was almost upon us. I suspect he was drifting at track speed on a slight downgrade. 

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