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Now THIS Is Different!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 4:38 PM

It's not unusual for us to hear about cars, buses, or trucks colliding with trains, but how do you manage it with a trolley?

Here's the story:

https://dailyvoice.com/pennsylvania/montgomery/police-fire/6-people-hurt-after-septa-trolley-crashes-into-freight-train-in-delaware-county/821611/

Huh?

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Posted by JayBee on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 PM

That's easy all you need is a diamond between a trolley or light rail line and a regular rail line, and there you go. There is exactly one place in the US where such a diamond exists, at Darby, Pennsylvania. It only took nearly one hundred years to happen but it finally did.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:05 PM

Flintlock76
It's not unusual for us to hear about cars, buses, or trucks colliding with trains, but how do you manage it with a trolley?

Here's the story:

https://dailyvoice.com/pennsylvania/montgomery/police-fire/6-people-hurt-after-septa-trolley-crashes-into-freight-train-in-delaware-county/821611/

Huh?

The SEPTA trolly line crosses CSX's Philadelphia Sub at grade in Darby, PA and has done so for many decades.  To my (limited) knowledge this is the last existing grade crossing of a trolley line and Class 1 railroad.  I believe SEPTA traffic is governed by 'crossing  protection' for the highway road crossing in which the rail crossing exists.  The speed for CSX trains through the area is 30 MPH.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, December 9, 2021 7:00 PM

Thanks Balt!

A little follow-up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk9t5Sv7nW0

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:04 PM

Flintlock76
Thanks Balt!

A little follow-up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk9t5Sv7nW0

Evident that the trolly operated past the crossing gate.

Suspect trolly saw the lights flashing prior to the gates coming down and stopped too close to the tracks.  Operator Error.

Wonder if SEPTA considers Trolly Operator a higher class of service than bus driver, or vice versa.

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