How absurd

 
  chironex Junior Train Controller

Location: The final destination never even comes so sit back, relax, and pray that there is one
I know there's a prototype for everything, and some outback preservation lines have been seen like this on TV, albeit due to shortages of many things, but this is ridiculous.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrvLK24VlEs

I defy anyone to replicate this on their layout and make it work.

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  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Many years ago I dabbled with making a layout using code 55 rail in HO scale. My efforts at scratchbuilding the track and turnouts was very similar to what I saw on that video!!!
  gy Junior Train Controller

Imagine if that was Australia, no Operator would run on it and we send the goods by Truck.
We would lament why are the Railways loosing freight to Road. No Short Line Operators in Australia as such.
PTE.
  ALCO4401 Train Controller

Location: On the Branch waiting for a train order, west of Tarana
Imagine if that was Australia, no Operator would run on it and we send the goods by Truck.
We would lament why are the Railways loosing freight to Road. No Short Line Operators in Australia as such.
PTE.
gy

Looks pretty much like some running lines in WA.
  ckeepen8 Station Staff
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Looks a bit  like the NE line in Victoria as well after ARTC errrrrrrrrr upgraded it! Laughing
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Seen those type of videos before, but more to the point, how do they manage to get away with an essentially unprotected rail crossing like that?
  Toolman Station Staff

Location: Downunder
"Yield"... what happens when a car gets squashed by a train.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Seen those type of videos before, but more to the point, how do they manage to get away with an essentially unprotected rail crossing like that?
TheBlacksmith

No Nanny State over there but atrocious working conditions. There is some ill defined line in the sand in the US where if you step over it you can find yourself in serious trouble with the authorities (police, even railroad police etc) but until you step over that line you can do virtually what you like. I am not sure what you have to do to get booked for speeding in some US states, but I doubt driving at speed, smoking dope, with a shot gun on the back shelf would do it.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Seen those type of videos before, but more to the point, how do they manage to get away with an essentially unprotected rail crossing like that?
TheBlacksmith

There's hundreds of level crossings in Queensland - including many of the 100km/h sections of the North Coast Line - with similarly signed level crossings. I'm not saying it's a good thing, but crossings like that are certainly not rare in rural and regional Australia.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
There's hundreds of level crossings in Queensland - including many of the 100km/h sections of the North Coast Line - with similarly signed level crossings. I'm not saying it's a good thing, but crossings like that are certainly not rare in rural and regional Australia.
Sulla1

No, I am aware of that, but take a look at that clip and the crossing is certainly not in some remote location, it appears to be right in town.
  Albert Chief Commissioner

No, I am aware of that, but take a look at that clip and the crossing is certainly not in some remote location, it appears to be right in town.
TheBlacksmith

Up until 2009 (the lines closure) a couple of signs is all that protected most Cowra - Demondrill level crossings through towns and villages.
  DullanPlain Station Master

I was staying at a holiday park in Otorohanga in rural New Zealand.  I asked at the front desk the best way to walk into the town and I was told to head out the driveway, across the railway tracks towards the bank building and I'd be in the main street.  Okay I thought, there'd be a crossing point.  There wasn't.  Up and over the railway tracks we went and into town.  This was on the main south line between Auckland and Wellington, not some rural branch line.

Oh well, Kiwi's are relaxed about a lot of things.

A folkloric tale from where I grew up in the bush* was some bloke was crossing a railway line on his way home from the pub.  A train came through and just struck him, scraping across the tailgate of his ute.  He pulled up and the train likewise screeched to a halt.  The loco driver ran back to check on the bloke and asked what the hell he thought he was doing.  The old bloke replied "what am I doin'?  I come through here this time every night, what are YOU doin'?!"

Dullan Plain

* being a country town tale, there's a good chance it's embellished, if it's true at all.

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