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    The Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT
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    The Tech Model Railroad Club of MIT

    August 12, 2019


    [MUSIC PLAYING] [TRAIN CROSSING BELLS] [TRACKS RATTLING] It was founded in 1947. The Tech Model Railroad Club–
    or “Tuh-merk”, as we call it– started, for the first 50 years
    of its life, in Building 20, which was a place they called
    “the magical incubator”. It was basically
    built for the war, as a temporary war building. So it was wooden. It was the kind of thing that
    no one really cared about. Which was great,
    because it meant that all of these students
    could move in and do things to that building that
    they couldn’t really do to any other
    Institute buildings. If you cut a hole in the
    floor– who cared, right? So the Institute was
    very willing to let students do unauthorized things
    in Building 20, basically. So the Tech Model Railroad
    Club got its start in that culture of–
    well, we can do anything. Many years ago, when there
    were more members to the club, we used to have work
    sessions, essentially every night of the week. And we’d have very formal
    business meetings on Saturdays. Now we very rarely
    have formal meetings. Mostly we have work sessions. And everybody has their
    own little projects, their favorite things to do. And they generally
    do those things. [SOFT RATTLING] I really like the way you
    have to think about scale. Especially when it comes to
    modeling natural objects. It’s really amazing that you
    can get a piece of a branch to look like a full tree. And it’s all a question
    of context and scale. It’s a question of
    how you position it. A lot of the things here
    that are vines, and bushes, and grass, and brush, are really
    pieces of much larger types of foliage. And it’s amazing
    how well that works. And you have to adjust
    your thinking a little bit. And think about,
    how can this shape work at a very small scale? Like most model railroads,
    we supply power to the train through the rails. So the rails are metal,
    and they’re electrically conductive. But that is where we break apart
    from traditional model trains. So traditionally, you’d
    get your little Lionel set under the Christmas tree. You’d put together all
    of this pre-made rail, and you’d put together
    a big oval or something. You’d put your train on it,
    you’d turn the throttle, and it would just go. And that works great when
    you have 10 feet of track and you have one train. We don’t have 10 feet of track. We have miles and
    miles of track. And we have successfully run
    10 or 15 trains at a time. We have what we call System 3. This is the third generation
    of control system for TMRC. It’s totally built from the
    ground up by MIT students. It operates very similar
    to real railroads, and especially
    similar to subways. And basically,
    the idea is, there are sections of
    track called blocks. And every time you hit
    the end of a block, we just cut the
    rails, and there’s a little gap in the rails. And basically, each
    block is a unit of train. So there can be a
    train on the block, or there can’t be a
    train on the block. And basically, what we
    do is, we have a bunch of complicated electronics
    that can provide power to this block. And say I know this
    train is moving along the rails
    in that direction. Then we put power
    on the next block. And then, we
    actually have sensors that we built that can say, is
    there a train on this block? And if there is, we can follow
    this train around the layout. So we know exactly
    where trains are. We can give them names. We can track them as
    they’re moving around. Before I came to
    graduate school, I was living in a little
    town in California, which was a beach town. And there were train tracks
    that came along the pier. People would be at the
    beach, surfing, doing all kinds of things. And the train would come by, and
    everybody would stop and look. And it’s amazing. It’s like, you’re at the beach. You’re doing all
    these amazing things. But the train still
    fascinates people, you know? It’s this piece of engineering. It’s part of a system. It’s like a system made visible. There are little jokes. Like, Pessim Steel
    here– the title says, the Allen Pessim Company. Well, there was a fellow named
    Larry Allen who was always very pessimistic about everything. So that’s where the Allen
    Pessim Steel comes from. [GENTLE RATTLING] Modeling things has been
    around since forever. Since the beginning of,
    I think, human thinking, people have been making
    models of things. So it’s part of a long,
    long tradition of that. But it’s also part of MIT’s
    history in a very special way. [TRAIN CROSSING BELLS]

    Fire burns railroad trestle in Lathrop
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    Fire burns railroad trestle in Lathrop

    August 12, 2019


    WILL APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE TO BE FORMALLY CHARGED. NO WORD ON WHEN A TRIAL MIGHT TAKE PLACE. MORE BREAKING NEWS HERE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. FIREFIGHTERS ARE BATTLING A GRASS FIRE LATHROP. FIRE OFFICIALS FROM THE DISTRICT ARE ALSO SAYING THA RAILROAD BRIDGES POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN THE FIRE AND YOU CAN SEE THE FLAMES FROM THE PICTURES SENT T US FROM A VIEWER. LIVE AT THE SCENE NOW WITH MORE ON THE EFFORT TO STOP THE FIRE.>>CREWS RESPONDED TO PEOPLE CALLING IN AND THEY COULD SEE FLAMES AND CLOUDS OF SMOKE. TH CAME HERE AND ARE STILL WORKING ON THE FIRE NOW. THEY RESPOND TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS A GRASS FIRE BUT UPON ARRIVAL DISCOVERED A RAILROAD — WAS INVOLVED. FIRE CREWS CALLED IN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. THE RAILROAD CAME OU AND SHUT DOWN TRAINS EXPECTED TO COME THIS WAY. FIRE CREWS CALLED IN AN ALARM ATTEMPTING TO STOP THE FIRE IN PROGRESS. THEY DID CONTAIN THE GRASS FIRE OVER T RIVER FOSSILS I-5. THEY SAY IT IS A CHALLENGE WHEN IT COMES TO A RAILROAD.>>THE CHALLENGE WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING THE RAILROAD — THEY ARE SOAKED WIT AN OIL-BASED SOLUTION OR A SOLVENT. THE WATER FEEDS OFF OF IT. WE HAVE TO USE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES, OR AND ONE IS A FUNDING TECHNIQUE WHERE THEY COME OUT WITH LARGE WATER TANKS FROM THE TOP DOWN TO GET INTO ALL O THE SMALL>>AND NOOKS SO TO SPEAK.>>THE FILE IS CONTAINE BUT CREWS ARE STILL OU HERE AND WILL B — WE ARE TOLD A UNION PACIFI — TRAIN HAD TO BE REROUTED BUT IT DOES NOT INVOLVE THE EIGHT TRAIN.

    Some railroad crossings in western Massachusetts marked more clearly than others
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    Some railroad crossings in western Massachusetts marked more clearly than others

    August 11, 2019


    SPRINGIFELD POLICE AT 413-787-6355 BARRY: RAILROAD CROSSINGS CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR DRIVERS. 22NEWS WENT TO THE BIRNIE ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING IN LONGMEADOW THIS MORNING.. WHERE MULTIPLE TRAINS PASSED BY. LAST YEAR, A DPW WORKER DIED AT THIS CROSSING AFTER AN AMTRAK TRAIN HIT HIS TRUCK. THE CROSSING IS NOW BLOCKED OFF TO BOTH TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIANS.. IT’S MARKED WITH A STOP SIGN, BUT THERE ARE NO GATE ARMS, NO LIGHTS, OR TRAFFIC SIGNALS. ONE WOMAN SAID SHE HOPES TO SEE SOMETHING MORE PERMANENT GO UP. BETH CAMPBELL, SOMERS CT MY MOM GREW UP IN LONGMEADOW.. AND I KNOW THERE WAS AN INCIDENT WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHERE SOMEBODY WAS KILLED AS WELL.. SO I DO THINK SOMETHING MORE THAN A STOP SIGN IS NEEDED. BARRY: AMTRAK TOLD 22NEWS STATE REGULATORS CONTROL RAILROAD NEEDED. BARRY: AMTRAK TOLD 22NEWS STATE REGULATORS CONTROL RAILROAD CROSSING MARKERS AND WHETHER TO ADD ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES BEYOND FEDERAL

    Longmeadow discuss putting signals at railroad crossing
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    Longmeadow discuss putting signals at railroad crossing

    August 11, 2019


    JAYMA WILL BE SENTENCED MAY 16TH. BARRY: AN AMTRAK TRAIN STRUCK A DPW TRUCK LAST MONTH KILLING VETERAN EMPLOYEE WARREN COWLES. COWLES WAS CLEARING SNOW AT THE BIRNIE ROAD RAILROAD CROSSING. 22NEWS REPORTER SY BECKER FOUND OUT WHAT’S BEING DONE TO MAKE THE CROSSING SAFER.. SY BECKER: THE BIRNIE ROAD RAIL-ROAD CROSSING HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE AN AMTRAK PLOW TRAIN HIT THE TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 59 YEAR OLD LONG,MEADOW DPW EMPLOYEE WARREN COWLES. COWLES DIED IN THE CRASH. THE LONGMEADOW SELECT BOARD WILL CONSIDER KEEPING THE CROSSING CLOSED UNTILL SIGNALS CAN BE INSTALLED. WARREN COWLES’ SISTER CINDY TOLD 22NEWS SIGNALS MUST BE INSTALLED TO PREVENT MORE LOSS OF LIFE AT THE CROSSING. HER BROTHER IS ONE OF SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED THERE. CINDY: 5 LIVES IS TOO MANY IT’S NOT A MATTER OF IF IT’LL HAPPEN AGAIN, JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN, SO NOW IT’S A MATTER OF WHEN WHO IS THE NEXT ONE? IT COULD BE ONE OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.. SY BECKER: LONGMEADOW TOWN MANAGER STEPHEN CRANE TOLD 22NEWS THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN CAN ONLY TAKE THE FIRST STEPS. IT’S UP TO THE STATE TO SECURE FUNDING TO INSTALL SIGNALS AND BARRIERS. CRANE: THERE’E REALLY NOT A CLEAR, STRAIGHT FORWARD PATH TO GETTING SIGNALS INSTALLED AT CROSSINGS LIKE THIS. I’VE BEEN HERE A SHORT TIME BUT I’M AMAZED THERE IS NO CHECK LIST YOU CAN GO TO. . SY BECKER: THE LONGMEADOW BOARD OF SELECTMEN HAS BEEN ASKED TO START THE PROCESS TONIGHT. BUT THE STATE MUST BUDGET THE MONEY AND THEN COORDINATE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND AMTRAK.

    Abandoned Railroad crossing Perry, FL 1
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    Abandoned Railroad crossing Perry, FL 1

    August 10, 2019


    Hello, ladies and gentlemen. This is a country style railroad crossing in Perry, Florida. Just the cross bucks no signs or signals. Off in the distance, you see a lumber mill over there. a church and as we approach the crossing we can see that this line isn’t used very much. See the rust on the rails there. Although the lumber mill still appears to be in use because you can see a lot of smoke like if they were cutting something or producing something over there. You can see the stacks of plywood. Then on this side, you can see that this one has a DOT tag on it. right there. yeah. I’m going to wait here a while to see if a train comes through. alrightey I’ll catch you guys later.

    Dangers lurk at railroad-highway crossings
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    Dangers lurk at railroad-highway crossings

    August 10, 2019


    TELLING US THESE SO-CALLED HIGHWAY-GRADE CROSSINGS ARE DECEPTIVELY DANGEROUS. AS CRASH INVESTIGATORS ARRIVE ON THE SCENE OF ANOTHER ACCIDENT BETWEEN A TRAIN AND A MOTOR VEHICLE, NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF RAIL CROSSINGS. IN CALIFORNIA IT WAS THE TRUCK DRIVER OFFICIALS SAY WHO TOOK AN INCOMPLICATIONABLE WRONG TURN. >>RATHER THAN MAKE THE RIGHT TURN ONTO WESTBOUND FIFTH STREET IT TURNED YOON TO THE RAILROAD TRACKS. >>THE DRIVER WAS UNHURT AND EXPERTS SAY WAS FORTUNATE TO GET AWAY FROM THE ONRUSHING TRAIN. >>THE POWER OF THE TRAIN IMPACTING A VEHICLE IS THE SAME AS A CAR — >>LIBBY OF THE GROUP OPERATION LIFE SAVER SAYS SO-CALLED HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS ARE OFTEN LETHAL INTERSECTIONS. JUST THIS MONTH, A NET TROH-NORTH TRAIN COLLIDED WITH AN SUV OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY, KILLING SIX PEOPLE. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS FATALITIES AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS HAVE DECREASED ABOUT 75% IN THE U.S. SINCE THE 1970s. BUT SAFETY EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE STILL ABOUT 2,000 INCIDENTS A YEAR AT THOSE CROSSINGS, MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE KILLED AT THOSE INTERSECTIONS LAST YEAR. AND A TRAIN HITS A PERSON OR A VEHICLE EVERY THREE HOURS IN THE U.S. WHY?>>WE THINK DRIVERS ARE VERY DISTRACTED IN THEIR CARS. CROSSINGS LIKE THIS, I THINK WHEN THE DRIVERS APPROACH, SOMETIMES DRIVERS ARE IN A HURRY IN THIS SOCIETY TODAY. PEOPLE FEEL VERY RUSHED AND THINK THEY CAN BEAT A TRAIN. >>OTHER FACT RZ? DIRECTOR SNIPE SAYS THERE AREN’T STANDARD BARRIERS OR SIGNALS AT EVERY CROSSING. TRAINS ARE QUIETER AND FASTER THAN THEY WERE. AND VEHICLE DRIVERS MAKE TRAGIC MISCALCULATIONS.>>WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND?>>IF A TRAIN IS COMING THIS WAY, IT CAN TAKE AN AVERAGE TRAIN UP TO A MILE TO STOP. THAT’S THE LENGTH OF 18 FOOTBALL FIELDS. SO IF A TRAIN SEES SOMETHING ON THE TRACKS, IT CAN’T NECESSARILY STOP IN TIME.>>DIRECTOR SNIPE SAYS IF YOU’RE STUCK ON A TRACK, SOME STEPS ARE OBVIOUS. TRY TO SOMEHOW GET THE VEHICLE OFF THE TRACK. IF YOU CAN’T, EXIT THE VEHICLE AND RUN. NOW, WHAT IS NOT SO OBVIOUS, LIBBY RECTOR SNIPE SAYS, IF YOU’RE STUCK AT A PLACE LIKE THIS, SAY THIS IS THE MOTOR VEHICLE HERE, AND YOU HAVE TO RUN AWAY FROM YOUR VEHICLE AND A TRAIN IS COMING THIS WAY, TRY TO RUN TOWARD THE ONCOMING TRAIN BUT DO IT AT A 45-DEGREE ANGLE SO YOU’RE RUNNING AWAY FROM THE TRACK. THAT WAY YOU CAN AVOID THE COLLISION COMING THIS WAY AND THE DEBRIS THAT IS ALL GOING TO BE COMING THIS WAY. IF YOU TRY TO RUN THIS WAY, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE. TOWARD IT BUT AT A 45 DEGREE ANG ANGLE. >>DRIVERS CAN ALERT THE RAILROAD THAT’S SOMETHING WRONG, RIGHT?>>MOST CROSSINGS HAVE AN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM WITH A TELEPHONE NUMBER ON IT WHERE VEHICLE DRIVERS WHO ARE STUCK CAN RUN TO THE SIGN, CALL THAT NUMBER. THAT’S ONE OF THE SIGNS THERE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. IF YOU MAKE THAT CALL, THAT WILL ALERT THE RAILROAD THAT THERE IS