Why do train engineers have to sound the whistle/horn even at crossings where there are lights, gates, and a warning bell?
I would think the bell is enough of an audible warning, but it seems like it's mandatory to blow the horn until the engine clears the crossing.
And BTW, I know it's the law, I was just wondering why.
- ZheiaLv 61 month ago
It's to indicate that a train is coming. At a level crossing car drivers may have their windows up and they won't see the train until it is at the crossing, so the train sounds its funky horn to let drivers know it is approaching.
- Rona LachatLv 71 month ago
You have answered your own question.
it seems like it's mandatory to blow the horn until the engine clears the crossing
BTW, I know it's the law,
WHY Excellent question.
EVERY train crossing is not identical. The rules are made to cover most of the crossings in your area. There are some places that the whistle is not sounded all the time These are also legal for the specific location.
Can you GUARANTEE 100% the the train gate is working properly has not been damaged in an accident or whatever 100 % of the time? NO ONE can.
Can you GUARANTEE the lights work 100% of time? Power failures happen, wires get cut or stolen for their copper content.
Making it as safe as possible. Some drivers still look at their crotch too much while driving. The NOISE might get their attention.
- zipperLv 61 month ago
Too many idiots go around the gates and ignore the lights; so for safety reason because people are foolish they sound the horn to tell them "HAY I AM RIGHT HERE FOOL!"
- MikeLv 71 month ago
It's not mandatory to blow the horn until the entire train is past the crossing. By the time a mile long freight clears a crossing, you wouldn't be able to hear the horn on the engine.
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- StarryskyLv 71 month ago
Some people might not hear the bell, or know what it means. The horn is loud, distinctive.Source(s): I prefer the steam engine whistles over the diesel or electric air horns.
- JetDocLv 71 month ago
Even when the train sounds its horn when approaching the crossing, there are still IDIOTS who will attempt to cross the tracks ahead of the train. Some of them don't make it.
- PercyqtedLv 71 month ago
I expect you will find the answer in railroad regulations
- Trump 2020Lv 71 month ago
It's required by law. Two long blasts, one short blast, then one more long.
- Coffee DrinkerLv 71 month ago
Because more warnings means more chance for people to realize a train is coming and get out of the way.
Unfortunately some people ignore the lights, bells and even the gate and will drive around the gate to try to cross. Perhaps they think they can make it or maybe they think the gate is malfunctioning and there isn't really a train coming. The train's horn helps people realize there actually is a train coming.
Gates can also malfunction by not working, so the horn gives people a warning in case the gate never came down.
- 1 month ago
for the deaf people