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2nd Brightline fatality proves that Americans are too stupid for high speed rail unlike Europeans

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Posted by Firelock76 on Friday, January 26, 2018 9:18 PM

Volker, I'm curious.  What's the meaning of that lightning bolt symbol on the crossbucks?  I've also seen it on photos of German steam locomotives. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, January 27, 2018 8:18 AM

Firelock76
Volker, I'm curious.  What's the meaning of that lightning bolt symbol on the crossbucks?  I've also seen it on photos of German steam locomotives. 

Looks like the lightning bolts indicate that there is overhead electrical catenary at the crossing.  Not the concern of anyone driving over the crossing - UNLESS they have a very high load, or there is an accident at the crossing and cranes need to be used.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:20 AM

BaltACD is right. The lightning bolt indecates the high-voltage catenary above the tracks.

On steam locomotives the lightning bolt is a last warning for the personnel not to climb too high on the locomotive in case it is parked beneath a life catenary. The headlight voltage is only 24 V.
Regards, Volker

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:45 AM

Interesting!  Thank you gentlemen!

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:37 AM
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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 1:01 PM

Wow!  A story that points out that it's not the railroad's fault!

The last two lines of the story:

And ultimately, that's not the fault of the train.

It's the fault of the individual who thought he or she could beat it.

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