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To keep you on the road to safety, here are a few basics tips for motorists at rail crossings: Train Travel…
• Train Travel, expect a train anytime. Trains run anytime, day, night, on any track, in any direction.
• Train Travel, don’t fool. The train is closer and faster than you think. It’s easy to misjudge a train’s speed and its distance, most at night. If you see a train, just wait.
• Trains can’t prompt stop or swerve; prepared to yield. After further applying the brakes, a loaded freight train traveling at 55 miles per hour takes a mile or more to stop.
• Stop and wait when gates are down or lights are flashing. Only continue across after the gates go up and red lights stop flashing.
Remember, too, that when on foot, you should stay off railroad cars and tracks. It’s illegal and too often it’s deadly. In the similar situation that aircraft can show to drift, your eyes can perform a trick on you when a train is advancing. An optical confusion that makes a train farther away and going further. Don’t take chances, it’s easy to underestimate a train’s rate and its distance, at night. If you think a train, stay foot and wait.
These tips come from the safety experts at Voith Turbo, York, Pa., which manufactures a device that helps trains with braking, to make train travel even better. The new railcar is on route to save Americans time, trouble and maybe even their lives. These trains can go from stations in the suburbs to stations in the city without switching locomotives. Such flexible trains, called DMUs–or Diesel Multiple Units -designed so commuters in the suburbs could not have to switch to locomotives that work only on city rails.
According to Colorado Railcar Manufacturing, the company that designed the cars. The DMU combines its drive systems and passenger accommodations into a unit. Each DMU has to seat 90 passengers and can pull added motorized coaches.