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Trains over here hit cars all the time, because we have thousands of unprotected grade crossings. (250,000 according to http://www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/newsletter/04-4/tracks.php)

I got out and looked at the front of our engine after one such crash, and there was a small scratch on it; the car had been pretty much demolished. The size of a train locomotive is difficult to comprehend...

http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/news/x1772937947/Rail-deaths-take-psychological-toll-on-train-crews

by asdf on Tue Jun 22nd, 2010 at 09:24:41 PM EST
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One of the minor consequences of switching from steam to diesel. With steam the forward vision was restricted and so, signals apart, not monitored to the same extent. Much of the time, they wouldn't even have been aware till they finished a shift, and possibly not even then.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jun 23rd, 2010 at 04:35:26 AM EST
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