Holly asked in Cars & TransportationRail · 9 years ago

Railroad crossing help?

if you cross the railroads when a train is coming do the railroads lock up and you get stuck there or what? how do you get stuck if its possible or do you just keep running without the railroads locking up.

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    You do NOT lock up, railroads want you off the track there is nothing, absolutely nothing that stops your car on the tracks.

    What oftentimes happens is people either panic and kill the engine or miss the crossing planks, and drop a wheel off and get stuck on the rail.

    Look BEFORE you get on the tracks and you wont get hurt, safety always.

    Source(s): RR engineer
  • 9 years ago

    The railroad tracks don't do anything, unless the train is switching tracks.

    The crossing guard arms go down very slowly, and that is supposed to keep people from driving across, but the road itself doesn't change any.

    In the movies, crossing the railroad when a train is coming inevitably causes the car to get it's wheels stuck in the gravel, or the bumping makes the car stall, or some other nonesense makes the car get stuck there until the train can hit it, and in the ensuing chaos, the psycho-killer, or trapped hero manages to escape from the car undetected.

    In real life, crossing the railroad when a train is coming involves either speeding up so you can get under the crossing guard, or swerving around so you can get through the crossing guard. Speeding up comes with the small chance that bumping over the tracks will blow out a tire, or that the lowering crossing guard arm will scrape the top of the car. Swerving around comes with the very unlikely chance that the tires, now running nearly parallel to the track to get around the arms, will somehow get jammed between the track and the pavement.

    Neither is a very likely event, but for the few idiots who do try to get across the track, lightning strikes once in a while. Usually, if they get around without any problem, they have saved five minutes or less by not waiting for the train. On the one in one thousand chance that they do get stuck, the train hits them at an average of 45 miles per hour, dragging the car underneath it, and demolishing it, and the driver along the next five miles of track before it is able to come to a complete stop, often with the rear of the train still blocking the intersection for the people who waited, and the train conductor then must spend a minimum of two hours assessing damage to the train, which tends to run into the millions of dollars, and picking up pieces of the human who was in the car, so that they can be delivered to the family for a closed-casket funeral.

    It's a one-in-a-million chance that something will cause you to get hit. Of course, if you've tried to beat the train once, you'll do it a million times, and eventually, you'll have a closed-casket funeral.

  • 9 years ago

    Anyone who chooses to cross the tracks when a train is coming is being very foolish and laying their life on the line. The train, which cannot stop for them, can't turn aside either... If you put yourself in its path many folks will have a really bad day.

    Stop, Look and Listen every time you cross ANY railroad tracks, with gates or bells included. They don't always work. If in a car, never pull onto the tracks until you know that there is room to hold your car to clear the tracks on the other side, whether there is a train or not. You get stuck, you get hit.

    The sad truth about railroad related fatalities is, these accidents are 99.99% avoidable. In short, your safety and your life is in your hands alone...

    A star for a safety question!

  • AJ
    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    I have no clue what you mean by locking up. I think you mean stalling on the tracks with the gates closing. And I can tell you right now, whatever you think it is, railroads don't "lock up". I think it can be a stroke of bad luck when people stall on the tracks. Add some detail.

    Edit: Sudha02, it doesn't necessarily always take forever for a train to stop. If it's slow moving, it can stop very quickly. And in another answer, they are not guard arms, they are gates.

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  • seagle
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You could lose your life because it takes forever for a train to stop.

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