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    San Angelo's online media outlet "San Angelo LIVE" today posted this report and statement from the Midland County Sheriff:


    https://www.mrt.com/news/article/Tra...e88b-319951273

    Included in that news piece was this additional YouTube video of the collision from a different angle....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=lejV6pzKhAk

    It's still an horrific scene.

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    Maybe someone else will remember this cartoon image. It was likely in the 70's, it wasn't the 60's but maybe into the early 80's, my older brother may have left a playboy magazine out. It could have been a popular science or popular mechanics but I seem to recall playboy/ penthouse. The cartoon image was a man and a pretty lady in a hot rod convertible car sitting at a rail crossing, exactly like that officer. The car had a tall stick shift and the driver was grabbing the stick shift getting ready to race across the tracks. Not really sure of all the details from 40ish years ago but it looked something like that.

    Either in the next image or the same image the car is heading across the track with another train barreling down on the convertible. I think the train had an angry face on it too as it's about to smack the door ....but I'm testing the grey matter too much. Now that the grey is tested, it could have been a railway safety cartoon.

    The video just reminded me of a funny but serious memory so I figured someone else might recall the cartoon. It likely kept me from being that leo.

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    Meanwhile in Louisiana they seem to ignore the down gates on draw bridges and go for full on dukes of hazzard

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    That video brings me chills. I work for a commuter rail road just east of NYC and have seen my fair share of cars trying to beat trains. A little patience would go a long way.

    We preach a saying about on track safety - expect a train on any track, in any direction, at any time. You just never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukes_deuce View Post
    We preach a saying about on track safety - expect a train on any track, in any direction, at any time. You just never know.
    Just now, stumbled here on this thread. Sobering...

    About 4-5 of us regularly played on trains. We would jump the freights from Point-of-Rocks MD (where they slowed) ride them up to the the switching yards in Brunswick, jump off and then hop a return train back. Stupid. We were kids in our teens. We did stupid things.

    One of us got hurt bad. But he's okay now! It didn't knock the crazy out of him for some reason.

    By rights a few of us shouldn't have survived some of it. You count your blessings.

    Something about the trains draws you in. Man, we were stupid.
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    On Monday morning, we had someone who tried to bet a westbound BNSF coal empty. He lost. Luckily, he only lost the backend of his truck and not his life. And it was a company truck that he wrecked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Back2Wyo View Post
    On Monday morning, we had someone who tried to bet a westbound BNSF coal empty. He lost. Luckily, he only lost the backend of his truck and not his life. And it was a company truck that he wrecked.

    Wonder if it was a "company life" he about surrendered....

    Train ALWAYS has precedence.......in those collisions, no one "wins"....

    Great thread and constant safety reminder.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ahab View Post
    Just now, stumbled here on this thread. Sobering...

    About 4-5 of us regularly played on trains. We would jump the freights from Point-of-Rocks MD (where they slowed) ride them up to the the switching yards in Brunswick, jump off and then hop a return train back. Stupid. We were kids in our teens. We did stupid things.

    One of us got hurt bad. But he's okay now! It didn't knock the crazy out of him for some reason.

    By rights a few of us shouldn't have survived some of it. You count your blessings.

    Something about the trains draws you in. Man, we were stupid.
    FLASHBACK ALERT !

    Ahab, you just reminded me of what was probably my most stupid train episode.

    At about 13 years of age a few of us climbed upon UNDER a railroad trestle and, while a train was lumbering overhead, we dared one another to stick our head(s) up between the ties.... Dang fortunate that none of us got brained or decapitated by a low-hanging "anything".

    Yes, I can testify that God takes care of fools and little children. In retrospect, I fully realize that I was both FOOL and CHILD. Sure am glad my Papa loves me. Praise be to GOD !



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    Hopping trains - seems it was a common thing in our youth.

    Back in my Marine days when I was stationed on Camp Pendleton, there were still freight trains running up and down the coast to San Diego, etc. My buddy Isaac W and I used to spend a lot of our liberty days in Oceanside or San Diego, which entailed catching a shuttle from Oceanside to get back on base at the end.
    The bad thing with that was Oceanside is on the south side of the base, and we were with 5th Marines all the way at the north end, so it took well over an hour in the shuttle to get there since we had to stop at all the other sub-camps on the way.
    Our answer was to hop a northbound freight and jump back off when it slowed down going through San Clemente. Then we could catch the San Onofre bus and be on base in ten minutes.

    This worked well until one Sunday we hopped on a train, and it didn't slow enough for us to jump off in San Clemente, or anywhere else until we got waaaaay up the coast!
    Fortunately, Sgt Pagan (pronounced Pa-gone) had the duty that evening, we phoned and he said he'd cover for us being late checking in from liberty, but not if we weren't in morning formation.
    Yes, we hopped another freight to get back, and we did make formation in time.

    As a side note, when I got my M185 from auction, it had Sgt Pagan on the driver's windshield. Even though it now wears USMC markings, and Marines don't put names on the windshield, I left that there in honour of my old Sergeant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFSS-ColdWarrior View Post
    Ahab, you just reminded me of what was probably my most stupid train episode.
    ColdWarrior, I love you, man, you know it.

    BUT, you are not going to out-stupid me!!

    So, yeah, we were also probably about 13-years old at the time, just three of us that day if I remember right (the "gang" varied from about 3-7 kids total).

    The Potomac River takes a bend at Point-of-Rocks, and that slowed the trains down and that's where we'd jump on to head up-river (you still had to run to catch them, but just not real hard, we did it because we COULD, I guess).

    The train was a coal train, a long line of hopper cars. The hopper cars were empty (returning from feeding West Virginia coal to the GSA steam plants in D.C.). We hung on the ladders for the ride out. But that was work to hang on to the ladders. One of us got the idea: "let's go down in the car and sit". We did. But after a while the ride was beating us up (coal car suspension isn't much).

    So we all climbed our way out of the bottom of the coal car, and grabbed back onto the ladders at the top of the cars. About 5-10 minutes later, we hear a BIG bang, a heavy "crash", and looking down into the coal car we see a sight that made us all REAL quiet:

    - Right where we all had been sitting, the hopper door had dropped OPEN...we could all see the railroad ties speed on by as the train whipped along.

    We were quiet for a second. But we were 13-years old. So in just a second or two later we were all good! Nobody dwelled on it. Somebody said something like, "Wow. That was lucky". And it was. Yikes!!

    Needless to say:

    - We never rode the bottom of any empty coal cars after that.

    We kept the story to ourselves ("Hey, Mom, guess what we did today!!"). And, too stupid to know better, we just kept jumping trains.

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