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    Hope you guyz Mom's aren't reading these!! Yikes is right!!

    You will be in SOOO much trouble!!

    (Humour intended........)
    God bless,
    Tony


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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ahab View Post
    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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    Not a game of "one-up-man-ship" here.
    I'm just reminded again that "There but for the grace of God" Darwin would have thinned the herd pretty radically our childish mis-steps.


    Thanks to GOOGLE EARTH I have returned to the old neighborhood. Those tracks upon which we played have been torn up and only the right-of-way remains. The old trestle appears, at least in their latest satellite photo, to still be spanning the river though. I'm sure the steel in those girders wouldn't pay their own way back into a furnace. I wonder if the kids today still walk that way, and explore what's left of their grandparents' old tales.

    I wonder.... and I am reminded of that movie: STAND BY ME.

    Back to the grade crossing incident that prompted this thread... I've never had a "close call" at a crossing. But I have been witness to some. Nowadays, my default reaction is to pray. I pray that God will look out for fools and little children. So far, He has answered my prayers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchplumber View Post
    Hope you guyz Mom's aren't reading these!! Yikes is right!!

    You will be in SOOO much trouble!!

    (Humour intended........)

    OK, Tony.... Confession time! Tell us what YOUR mom never knew you did down by the railroad tracks.

    BTW, as I believe, when Mom arrived in heaven all, yes ALL of my nondisclosures were made known to her.... and Dad was probably right next to her laughing and saying, "That's my boy!"
    FYI, my dad's childhood home was just one street over from where they raised me and my sisters. He was well aware of the temptations around us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFSS-ColdWarrior View Post
    BTW, as I believe, when Mom arrived in heaven all, yes ALL of my nondisclosures were made known to her.... and Dad was probably right next to her laughing and saying, "That's my boy!"
    If I'm lucky enough to make Heaven, Mom will likely meet me at the Pearly Gates, saying:

    - "You did WHAT??!!!"

    And across her knee I'll take the beating I deserve.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Fox View Post
    ...As much as people wanted to tear into him for the mistake he made (on the Facebook posts related to this), I absolutely understand how he made his mistake and I think it's reasonable that many more will make the same mistake again. I just hope for those that do, they have the same kind of luck this deputy did and little harm comes from it.
    This.

    Lots of people, especially on social media, where everyone's an expert, want to cuss/discuss every action taken by the cops. They have no frame of reference. First responders of all types (police, fire, EMS) have to make split-second driving decisions like this every day.

    Going anywhere faster than the speed limit, disregarding signs and signals is risky, even with lights and siren, but they gamble with that risk every day. This time, it didn't work. Glad the deputy and baby are all right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ahab View Post
    If I'm lucky enough to make Heaven, Mom will likely meet me at the Pearly Gates, saying:

    - "You did WHAT??!!!"

    And across her knee I'll take the beating I deserve.


    Although my mother was meaner then a wet hen, its my grandmother who I feared. EVERYONE for miles around called her, THE DRAGON LADY.

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    WOW! Can't believe he wasn't killed. Trains are one thing I NEVER mess with. You would think that after all the assorted train vs/car/truck collision videos everyone sees on the news almost daily, that nobody would do such a dumb thing. What will it take to stop such insanity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camel Driver View Post
    WOW! Can't believe he wasn't killed. Trains are one thing I NEVER mess with. You would think that after all the assorted train vs/car/truck collision videos everyone sees on the news almost daily, that nobody would do such a dumb thing. What will it take to stop such insanity?
    Consider -

    Cop has a decision to make.

    Do i sit here safely and wait until it's absolutely safe to cross the tracks? While a nonbreathing baby dies due to my inaction?

    Or do I roll the dice and cross unsafely and risk my life against a better chance for the nonbreathing baby to live?

    Looks to me like he made the correct decision, and nearly paid the price in full.

    Some things are worth substantial risk to one's own life.

    What am I missing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98G View Post
    Consider -

    Cop has a decision to make.

    Do i sit here safely and wait until it's absolutely safe to cross the tracks? While a nonbreathing baby dies due to my inaction?

    Or do I roll the dice and cross unsafely and risk my life against a better chance for the nonbreathing baby to live?

    Looks to me like he made the correct decision, and nearly paid the price in full.

    Some things are worth substantial risk to one's own life.

    What am I missing?
    Thank you, 98G, for that well thought and equally well written summation of this incident.

    This is the essence of why we respect and are so appreciative of our first responders in every discipline - Police, Firefighters, Medics, etc..

    Not everyone is willing to run TOWARD danger. These brave souls will readily do so for complete strangers and not think twice about it.
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    Chappy,

    I didn't have train tracks around when young. First real experience? Train ride to Florida for family funeral with my Mom. Not a lot of fun. Second? Rail-head at Ft. Hood............again, not much fun.

    I appreciate ALL the stories................. no one EVER said adventure was "safe" or intelligent. I proved that away from train tracks.

    Lot of respect for LEO's and others. They like us, sometimes make mistakes. Sometimes they pay the total price, just like we do. Death is an equal opportunity..............


    No one wins with trains. Not conductor. Not engineer. Not driver of car or pedestrian. The irresistible force of that many tons in motion?? Something is gonna give. I pray ALL pay more attention to their surroundings and are able to go home to "mom" and "dragon lady" at the end of the day.
    God bless,
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