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    Why Trains Blow Their Horns So Much
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    Why Trains Blow Their Horns So Much

    October 18, 2019


    Last night, I was just drifting off to a sound
    asleep and starting the nicest dream –when it happened again! A train whistle off in the distance woke me
    up from my slumber, and not for the first time, I must say! So, do trains absolutely have to blow their
    horns so often and so loudly? The truth is that yes, they do, and the main
    reason for that is safety. Locomotive engineers are required to honk
    every now and then, which is written down in the regulations called the “Final Rule
    on the Use of Locomotive Horns.” So, as you can see from the name, all this
    honking business is pretty strict and obliges trains to make four blasts approximately 20
    seconds before they reach a crossing. But that’s not all! Trains whistles and horns are an effective
    method of communication! There is a whole system of locomotive horn
    signals, where different sound combinations mean totally different things! How about I tell you about the most common
    train signals so that you can understand what’s happening out there, on the railroad tracks,
    every time a train honks? So, if you hear a number of short whistles,
    it means that the engineer is trying to attract attention to the moving train. For example, it may sound when a person or
    animal gets on the track. Just one short whistle indicates that the
    train is about to stop. One long whistle-like sound can be heard when
    the train is coming to a halt, and the engineer applies the air brakes. The pressure inside them gets equalized, and
    you can hear a loud shrill sound. Also, the train gives one long signal when
    it’s approaching a station. At the same time, two long honks mean that
    the train has released the brakes and is ready to continue its journey. Three short whistles made by an unmoving train
    mean that the locomotive is about to move backward. One long whistle followed by a short one means
    that the train is nearing some equipment or people working on or near the track. Also, train engineers often have to show that
    they’ve acknowledged hand signs or radio signals by tooting the horns. But if the train sounds four short whistles,
    it means that the engineer hasn’t understood the signal and asks for it to be repeated. However, the signal you probably hear more
    often than others is two long whistles followed by one short and another long whistle. Trains have to honk this way every time they
    approach a grade crossing, which is a place where a railroad track and a road or two railroad
    tracks cross at the same level. And this signal, in particular, is no laughing
    matter. The thing is that nowadays trains have an
    extremely tight schedule. As a result, several trains often follow one
    another with a very little break in between. But pedestrians and drivers who are waiting
    to cross the railway track don’t always realize that there might be more than one train approaching. Hurry makes people dart across the track as
    soon as one of the trains has passed. And if there is low visibility, or the next
    train is nearing the crossing without making much noise, these attempts to save time usually
    end very, very badly. It’s no wonder that lots of people, especially
    those who live not far from railroad tracks, have repeatedly been complaining about the
    shrill sounds disrupting their peaceful lives. That’s why Florida once tried to ban locomotive
    horns. However, peace and quiet didn’t last long. After the number of accidents at grade crossings
    had almost doubled, the ban was lifted. On the other hand, there exist so-called “quiet
    zones.” These are the areas where train engineers
    aren’t allowed to honk. But in this case, every single public crossing
    in that area must be equipped with either heavy, four-quadrant gates designed specifically
    to prevent cars and people from straying onto the track or a pedestrian overpass. So, do you hear a lot of train honking in
    the area where you live? Tell me about this in the comment section
    below! By the way, I’ve been forever wondering why
    trains can’t just stop as soon as a train engineer sees something or somebody on the
    railroad track? I mean, why all these precautions, honking,
    and railroad signal? It turns out that any heavy object moving
    at high speed can actually stop pretty fast. And since every wheel of a train has its own
    brake, they’re supposed to be able to reduce the train’s speed in no time, right? Well, it might work this way — only if trains
    moved on concrete roads! But a train’s steel wheels move over steel
    tracks. That’s why the friction between the two is
    twice lower than the friction between a car’s rubber tires and a road covered with asphalt. Besides, engineers mustn’t brake too harshly
    because, in this case, the train’s wheels are likely to lock. Besides, it tends to damage heavily not only
    the train’s steel wheels but also the track itself. Plus, the braking system on trains is very
    different from that on cars or buses. That’s why if an engineer tries to bring the
    train to a sharp stop, it may lead to the rail cars toppling or derailing. It means that during braking, the pressure
    must be released slowly and steadily, and the longer a train is, the more slowly its
    engineer has to brake. But besides being not very good at braking,
    trains also have big problems with going uphill! See for yourself: a 30-degree incline doesn’t
    present any difficulties for a car. We, humans, can deal with super-steep inclines
    of around 80 degrees! But for high-speed trains, the maximum incline
    they can climb is only 2.5 to 4 degrees, while freight trains can’t make it if the incline
    is more than 1.5 degrees. If they absolutely have to conquer a bit steeper
    incline, there must be one more additional locomotive in the back, which helps to push
    the train from behind. The short answer which can shed light on this
    mystery is that trains are (and I mean it) heavy. Plus, their steel wheels don’t have such a
    great grip on the steel track underneath. Add gravity pulling the train down to the
    lack of friction and slipperiness, and it gets clear why trains avoid going uphill. In fact, it works in both directions, and
    a heavy train going downhill can end up in a crash. And still, some trains manage to climb not
    very steep hills with the help of several locomotives pulling them. There are even some “helper districts” located
    near particularly steep inclines! That’s where helper locomotives, which bring
    the train over to the top of the hill, are based. They can be coupled to the rear, the front,
    or even the middle of the train. After helping the struggling train to travel
    up, helper locomotives return back to the bottom of the hill to wait for the next train
    that needs assistance. Another way out for a heavy train that has
    to go uphill is to “double the hill.” This term means that the train leaves one
    part of itself at the bottom while taking the rest of the cars to the top. After that, the locomotive returns to pick
    up the part which was left behind and pulls it to the top as well. Then the two parts get coupled again, and
    the train continues with its journey. On the other hand, any unfavorable conditions,
    such as rain, snow, or fallen leaves on the track, can prevent a train from going up a
    steep hill, even with the help of additional engines! So there you have it: Some great information
    about trains to keep you on the right track! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
    give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other videos I think you’ll
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    on the Bright Side of life!

    Railway Journey Rawalpindi to Lahore Traveling Pakistan by Train
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    Railway Journey Rawalpindi to Lahore Traveling Pakistan by Train

    October 18, 2019


    In this video you will watch the Rawalpindi to Lahore train route journey Subscribe now Tarar Support for more video notification Rawal Pindi is a city in Punjab Pakistan It is the fourth largest city in Pakistan by population It is one of several major stops on the Karachi Peshawar railway line Pindi station was opened in 1881 during construction of the Punjab northern state railway, which began in 1870 The Route was first surveyed in 1857 and they aim to connect Lahore with Peshawar via Rawalpindi Years of political and military debate followed is described under the Lahore & Peshawar railway Along with several other railways But Punjab northern state railway was merged with the Sindh Punjab and Delhi Railway in 1886 to form the Northwestern State railway after independence Pakistan railway Pindi To Lahore train route journey is four to five hours it depends on train Flight is landing at Banazir International Airport Islamabad Train is passing Sehala Bridge and DHA Expressway bridge The Train Route is danger for rural population several cattles accidental death every year on a railway track After crossing Bridge next station is Mankiala railway station 14 down Awam Express is going to Lahore Crossing 45 up Pakistan Express at Kaliam Awan railway station Kaliaam Awan is junction near mandra 104 down Subak Karam early in the morning passing Mandra It trains several times to cross the grand trunk road, but Kangreela Railway Junction is along the GT Road. Many motorbikers try to race with Trains Natural beauty and landscape a beautiful between Gujjar Khan and Mandra Train is crossing the GT Road at Gujjar khan It is the headquarters of Gujjar Khan Tehsil and the largest tehsil of Punjab by land area Students are going to home after the study in their schools After crossing the bridge train is in-district Jhelum next station is Sohawa Sohawa is subdivision of the district Jhelum Taraki Mountain Range, I waited for three hours at Bakriala but fog while the train was passing Two small tunnel in the Taraki mountains a curve near Taraki railway station Many ponds along the train route from Rawalpindi to Jhelum Oh Millet and Wheat are major crops in the Pothohar Kallowal is a junction & curve near Dina Jhelum is a city on the right bank of the jhelum river is a river of northwestern india and eastern Pakistan It is the westernmost of the five rivers of Punjab and passes through Jhelum district Rivers length is 725 kilometers Lala Musa is a city in Gujarat district and railway Junction a train route for sargodha and Karachi After crossing the river Jhelum Punjab Plains and famous crops are Rice sugarcane and wheat Gujrat & Gujranwala district same planes land and crops But Chenab River is a major river of India and Pakistan It forms in the upper Himalayas in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Heemachal pradesh india and flows through the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir into the plains of the Punjab length is 960 kilometers The tomb of Noor Jahan is a 17th century Mausoleum in Lahore, Pakistan That was built for the Mughal Empress Noor Jahan The tombs marble was plundered during the sikh era in 18th century for use at the Golden Temple in Amritsar Now Pakistan government is reconstructing Noor Jahan tomb The ravi is a trans boundary river crossing northwestern india and eastern Pakistan It is one of six rivers of the Indus system in Punjab region The waters of Ravi are allocated to India under Indus Water Treaty length is 720 kilometers, but no water now Lahore is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab It is the second most populous city in Pakistan after Karachi Lahore Junction railway station is the central railway station in Lahore Punjab, Pakistan It is situated at the convergence of Empress road Allama iqbal Road in circular Road It is Samjhuta express waiting for Sunday to reach Attari India The Samjhuta Express commonly called the friend Express is a twice weekly Train Wednesday and Sunday runs between Delhi an Attari in India and Lahore in Pakistan The word Samjhuta means agreement accord hand compromise in both Hindi and urdu until the reopening of the Thar Express this was the only rail connection between the two countries the Train was started on the 22nd of July 1976 following the Shimla agreement and ran between Amritsar and Lahore a distance of about 42 kilometers Following disturbances in Punjab in the late 80s due to security reasons, Indian Railways Decided to terminate the service at Attari where customs and immigration clearances take place on the 14th of April 2000 in an agreement between Indian Railways and Pakistan railways the distance was revised to cover just under three kilometer In the early hours of the 19th of February 2007 68 people mostly Pakistani civilians and a few Indian military Guarding the Train were killed and scores more injured in a terrorist attack on the Delhi Attari xpress the attack occurred at Deewana station near the Indian city of Panipat Haryana. Officials found evidence of improvised explosive devices IEDs And flammable material including three unexploded IEDs The national investigation agency doubted that the blasts were masterminded by Swami Aseemanand, which was dismissed later for lack of evidence Thanks for watching complete video subscribe and share with friends. It was Tara supporter production You

    Why is the Delhi Metro Airport Express so Slow?
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    Why is the Delhi Metro Airport Express so Slow?

    October 18, 2019


    The Delhi Metro Airport Express was planned with much fanfare to provide for a high-speed link from Dwarka sector 21 via the Airport to New Delhi station. Trains were to run at 130 Kmph and were advertised as the fastest metro trains of the country! The Rheda 2000 track system used on the line can potentially allow trains to run in excess of 250 Kmph. The CAF built trains have a design top speed of 160 Kmph. Yet, trains on the Express line run at a sedate 80 Kmph on the elevated sections. I cannot confirm speeds in the underground section as my satellite based GPS system does not work there. So, why are trains operated at below capacity speed on the line? The alignment suffers from poor engineering and material quality. The bearings used on the viaduct in the elevated section were of poor quality. The purpose of a bearing is to allow controlled movement and thereby reduce the stresses involved. Around 230 out of the 2100 bearings used on the line were defective. Moreover, 90% of the bearings were at improper locations and more than 180+ bearings were damaged. In the underground section of the line, the track fastening clips which secure the rails to the concrete slab suffered from quality issues. In 2012, more than 11000 clips in the underground section developed cracks and endangered safe operation of the trains Although efforts have been made to rectify the construction problems The maximum permitted speed on the line has been restricted to 105 Kmph.

    Patient or pancake? Safety begins with you.
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    Patient or pancake? Safety begins with you.

    October 18, 2019


    It’s a beautiful day in Safetyville and
    Martin is taking Metro to the beach Martin you’re on the wrong platform! Uh-oh! It looks like Martin won’t be catching that wave. Don’t go around lowered safety arms. Safety begins with you.

    The Mine Adventure With Shawn the Train and Team | Train Videos For Children
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    The Mine Adventure With Shawn the Train and Team | Train Videos For Children

    October 18, 2019


    So, do you know where we can find more of these glowing crystals? I think there are more inside the abandoned mine.
    I found this one close to it. Let’s go see! I can’t see any crystals. I’m sure there are more crystals inside. I’m going to try to break the wall. Hmm. This wall is way too strong. Let’s come back tomorrow and see if Donald can help us break it. Are you sure you want to do this, guys? Yes. We’re going to find a lot of pretty crystals. Ok. Stay back. – Be careful down there!
    – Thank you, Donald. Wow! Look out! – Speedy! Speedy! Are you okay?
    – Yes, I’m fine! Don’t move. I am going to find a way to help you. Help! Help me! Help! Help! Who’s there? – Hi. My name is Gus. I am a mine train who got stuck here a long time ago.
    Can you please help me?
    – Yes. – Thank you! You are a brave train!
    – You’re welcome! – And what’s your name?
    – My name is Shawn. I’m looking for my friend Speedy.
    He fell through an elevator shaft. Come on, Shawn. I know how we can find him. We must go this way. Wow! – Speedy!
    – Shawn! This is Gus. He helped me find you. – Thank you, Gus!
    – You’re welcome! Guys, look at how many crystals I found. Wow! This is great! Let’s get going! Oh no! I think we really need to go! The mine is collapsing! We must get to the elevator! Help! Help me! Hold on, Gus! Speedy, we need your help! – I think we are not going to make it!
    – We will! Well, we didn’t bring back any crystals but we’ve made a new friend. No number of gems in this world can replace good friends.

    Light Rail Kings Pre-Party
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    Light Rail Kings Pre-Party

    October 18, 2019


    YOU CAN LEARN IT IN SPANISH.>THE REGIONAL TRANSIT WANT YOU TO GET PUMPED UP FOR THE KING’S HOME OPENER, AND WOULD LIVE IN SACRAMENTO TO GET THE PARTY STARTED BEFORE YOU EVEN BOARD THE TRAIN. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. I HEARD THERE WAS A PARTY SO I HAD TO BE HERE, AND WE ARE LIVE ON A TRAIN THIS MORNING, AND THIS IS THE WAY TO GO TO THE GAME AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER, SUPER EASY, AND WE HOPPED ON AT THE FRANKLIN STATION, EASY TO PARK, AND WE HOPPED ON. I CAN LOOK AT THE MAP OR THIS HANDY-DANDY FLYER THAT HAS A MAP. THEY HAVE MADE IT EVEN EASIER, AND THEY NOW HAVE AN APP, THE SAC RT APP. THIS IS SUPER COOL. YOU CAN PUT IN YOUR DESTINATION, PLAN YOUR ROUTE, AND IT WILL TELL YOU HOW QUICKLY. WE HAVE HOPPED ON THE RIGHT, AND IT WILL TAKE US ABOUT 34 MINUTES. YOU CAN ALSO BUY YOUR TICKET ON THIS APP, AND I LOVE THEY MAKE THIS SO CONVENIENT. Reporter: GOOD MORNING. ARGUED THE OFFICIAL PARTY STARTER? SORT OF. [ LAUGHTER ]. Reporter: THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF FUN THINGS HAPPENING ON THE RT. WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF EVENTS AT THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER, PROVEN TO BE A SUCCESS. HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING ON RT, AND HOW IS THE APP MAKING IT EASIER? IT MAKES IT VERY EASY FOR THE CUSTOMERS TO USE ON THE RT. WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE CUSTOMERS USE THE APP. THEY CAN BUY THEIR TICKETS, AND ALSO THEY CAN PLAN THEIR TRIPS MUCH EARLIER. Reporter: THE KEY IS PLANNING. ON A DAILY BASIS WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE, NEW PEOPLE USING THE APP. Reporter: FANTASTIC, AND WITH THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER WITH ALL OF THESE EVENTS HAPPENING, MAKING IT MORE AND MORE EASY FOR THE PEOPLE TO RIDE. AS WE CONTINUE TO GET CLOSER, WE WILL PICK UP WITH MORE PEOPLE. APPARENTLY, IT’S A 45 MINUTE RIDE TO THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER, AND THEY WILL DROP US OFF AT EIGHT THE STREET AND K. WE WILL SEE YOU BACK HERE IN A FEW MINUTES, AND I WILL FIND THE OFFICIAL PARTY STARTER, AND I HEARD SHE WILL BE HERE. WE WILL DO SOME FUN THINGS LATER TODAY, FROM 4 PM TO 6 PM IN SOUTH SACRAMENTO AT THE FRANKLIN STATION. GO SHOOT THE HOOPS, SHOW OFF YOUR BASKETBALL SKILLS, AND THEN HOP ONTO THE RT TO MAKE YOUR WAY OVER TO THE GOLDEN 1 CENTER FOR THE GAME. A LOT OF FUN AND FREE EVENTS TO GET YOU STARTED. THAT IS A GREAT WAY TO GO TO THE GAME, AND STILL TICKETS LEFT, AND WE HEARD THERE WERE SOME ON TICKETMASTER, AND YOU CAN BARELY MAKE OUT THESE TINY BLUE DOTS, AND THOSE ARE THE SEATS THAT ARE OPEN, SOME OF THE BEST ONES. $510 IN SECTION 113. THAT IS FIVE ROWS BACK. I COULD USE MY KID’S COLLEGE FUND. ALSO DOWN HERE ON THE RIGHT CORNER, THE SEATS ARE $260. WE COULD DO THAT. HERE ARE SOME UPPER-LEVEL SEATS, LET ME GET THE MAP MOVED, $510, NO THOSE ARE LOWER SEATS. LET’S GO WAY UP HIGH. THIS IS THE BACK OF THE LOWER LEVEL, AND THE BACK ROW IS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE SEATING, NO TICKET PRICES GIVEN. LET’S SWING AROUND THE RAIN — RING, TWO AND $50 IN THE FRONT ROW SECTION 222. WHAT ABOUT THE SLEEP TRAIN? DO YOU HAVE PRICING FOR THAT? BACK THOSE ARE ABSOLUTELY FREE. THOSE ARE ABSOLUTELY FREE, UP HERE AT THIS UPPER LEVEL, $180. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO GO, THE

    The Metro Story: How We Move People
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    The Metro Story: How We Move People

    October 17, 2019


    I like to get up early in the mornings
    knowing that I’m gonna be able to help people you help them go home you help
    them to go to work doctor’s appointments I feel like a million dollars when I’m
    able to help somebody and they give you a smile when they see you coming For so many years you know the story has
    been the only way that you can get around LA is by car. We are going to
    change the story of traveling in Los Angeles. This is about a picture for Los
    Angeles County that has different ways for different people to get to the
    things that they want to do I love my job a lot. I go home at the end
    of the day knowing they save a lot of lives and I like to say I treat
    everybody like if it was my own family out there. The goal of first and last smile is to focus
    on those micro conditions that can make or break someone’s decision to take
    transit . We’re looking at the nitty-gritty conditions of the streets
    around our stations, the connections to our communities at a level of detail and
    with an eye that we haven’t turned toward the community in the past. Transportation agencies are morphing
    into much more than just moving people We are not your grandmother’s
    transportation agency. We are beginning to step into leadership voids all over
    the region. We are becoming a non-traditional entity that is an
    economic driver.

    A Train Almost Ruined the Town But Something Saved People
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    A Train Almost Ruined the Town But Something Saved People

    October 17, 2019


    Imagine: You’re on a train, calm, relaxed,
    and enjoying your journey without a care in the world. After all, traveling by train is one of the
    safest ways to get somewhere. But what’s that? You feel it accelerate, and soon it’s already
    moving at breakneck speed, ignoring stop signs, stations, and other trains. You’re pinching yourself in a futile attempt
    to wake up, but it’s no nightmare – you’re on a runaway train! Wait, that really happens? Sure does, and there are plenty of real cases,
    like that of train #1908. It was a cold winter night on January 11,
    2004 when the 5,000-ton freight train was moving along the main Volkhovstroy 2 line
    in Russia’s northwestern Leningrad region, where Saint Petersburg is located. Even though everything seemed to be in order
    at that moment, just a couple of hours before, it looked as if the train wouldn’t be able
    to start its journey at all. (Perhaps that would’ve been for the better
    given how things would turn out later…) The thing is that two people were supposed
    to arrive at the train yard that night: 31-year-old engineer Eduard and his 24-year-old assistant
    Alexander. But when it was time for their shift to begin
    at 11pm, the engineer was nowhere to be seen. After waiting for his co-worker for 15 minutes,
    the assistant decided to inform management. They eventually got hold of Eduard, and the
    engineer simply said that he’d overslept. He ended up arriving on site at 12:15am, making
    him 1 hour and 15 minutes late. Obviously, everybody was severely behind schedule
    now, so the engineer’s standard pre-journey medical check was done in a hurry. But his health readings were normal, and he
    was totally sober. Everything was fine, nothing out of routine
    here, except maybe the fact that instead of his uniform, the man was wearing a suit and
    tie, as if he was going to some important event. But nobody seemed to find that odd… And why would they? After all, the engine driver, although quite
    private, was a disciplined worker. He was just your normal guy, liked football
    and hockey. Perhaps he just had a wedding or something
    to go to after work, and he wouldn’t have time to change. Who knows? In any case, after the doctors gave him the
    green light, the engineer was ready to go. He climbed up into the cab, and that’s when
    his assistant noticed another oddity. Eduard didn’t put a new tape into the train’s
    speedometer, which was a serious violation of the rules. But when asked, Eduard assured his partner
    that everything was ok and started the locomotive. It left the train yard at 12:42am and headed
    for its first station, where it got connected to 58 loaded cars. After the train left the loading station,
    the engineer broke protocol once more by refusing to check if the brake system was working correctly. Again, they were critically behind schedule,
    so nothing seemed too alarming at first. But then… As the train came toward the railway haul
    Volkhovstroy 2 – Kukol’, the station operator reported that there was another train approaching
    the station. Train #1908 was supposed to make way for the
    other locomotive and wait for it to pass. Alexander the assistant confirmed receiving
    this information, and the train started to slow down. But within seconds, the younger man screamed
    in horror when the engineer hit the controls to accelerate! When Alexander tried to bring his co-worker
    to his senses, the much stronger engineer answered back with physical threats. Desperate, the assistant realized that there
    was nothing he could do to prevent what was sure to become one of the most terrible railway
    disasters in history. By that time, the engineer had already switched
    off the cab signaling, which was supposed to inform him about the maximum speed allowed
    on the track. At 2:58am, the train blew through the red
    light at Kukol’ station, careened on a totally unscheduled route, and dashed toward the main
    track. No one could contact the two men inside – the
    train’s radio receiver had been switched off. It was gaining speed, now reaching 60 mph
    (100 kph). Horror-stricken Alexander couldn’t do a thing
    to stop his partner. Eduard, obviously, had lost his mind. Everything changed at Valya station. At 3:02am, when the runaway had already blown
    through the previous stop at Myslino, the Valya station operator came up with the idea
    to cut the power on the line. It was done just seconds before the multi-ton
    train sped past his station. Even though the electricity had been successfully
    cut off, the train kept gaining speed because it was going downhill. Luckily, this descent turned into a steep
    incline about 5 miles (8 km) down the way, and the train’s speed started to drop. At 3:45am, the train finally lost its forward
    momentum and came to a stop. Alexander the assistant immediately saw his
    only chance to escape. He jumped out of the cab and rushed toward
    the nearest station to report the incident. Good thing he got out when he could because
    the train then started to roll back toward Valya station! Remember, it was now on a pretty steep hill. Naturally, the engineer didn’t apply the brakes,
    so the train rolled another 1 mile (1.6 km) in the opposite direction before it came to
    a halt, this time for good. When the police got to the train at 4:14am,
    they discovered the engineer on the floor, completely out of it. The delusional man was taken to the hospital
    for mental health treatment. It was a shocking diagnosis, given that he’d
    passed his previous mandatory psych evaluation in 2003. Well, in any case, thanks to some fast thinking
    on that station operator’s part, this incident didn’t turn into a catastrophe. Had the train continued its crazed path to
    destruction, it would’ve made it to the town of Tikhvin, population: 60,000. Phew! What a story! But I’ve got another one for you, and this
    runaway train might sound a little more familiar. Ever heard of the “Crazy Eights” incident? It happened on May 15, 2001 in northwest Ohio. Locomotive #8888 (hence the nickname) was
    moving a string of 47 freight cars on the Walbridge – Kenton line. Twenty-two of the cars were full, with two
    of them containing thousands of gallons of an extremely hazardous and combustible industrial
    chemical: molten phenol. If a person inhales or digests this stuff,
    or if it comes into contact with the skin, the consequences won’t be pretty. Things were going smoothly until the train’s
    35-year-old engineer noticed that one switch was strangely misaligned. The man decided that since the train was moving
    quite slowly, he’d have more than enough time to get down, fix the switch, and climb
    right back up into his cabin. But as it turned out later, that wasn’t a
    great plan whatsoever. Before the engineer left the cab, he’d set
    the wrong brake. In other words, he didn’t hit the one that
    would keep all the cars locked in place. But that wasn’t the only problem. When the man had applied the brakes, he automatically
    disabled the dead man’s switch. This switch can cut the engine power and stop
    the train if something were to happen to the operator. But these circumstances wouldn’t have led
    to such a huge ordeal if it hadn’t been for the last, dire mistake. When the engineer tried to switch a special
    brake that would’ve slowed the train down to a crawl, he accidentally set the engine
    not to brake but to accelerate! So, here’s the situation: you’ve got a
    super heavy freight train with hazardous chemicals, one functioning brake that’s certainly not
    powerful enough to stop the whole train, and the only human operator is about to disembark. Hmm, let’s see what happens, shall we? When the engineer got to the ground and aligned
    the switch, he immediately tried to get back on board. But the locomotive was already speeding up. The train dragged the man for about 80 feet
    (25 m) before dumping him on the ground and rolling out of the yard to start its 65-mile
    (105 km) journey. On the one hand, the engineer was luckily
    mostly unscathed. On the other hand, a stray train was running
    south at a speed of 51 miles per hour (82 kph) with no one at the controls! You can imagine the turmoil that started as
    soon as the authorities found out about the runaway. At first, they tried to stop the train with
    the help of a portable derailer, but these attempts failed. Then the police started to shoot at the emergency
    switch, which serves to cut off the fuel supply. That didn’t work either because the switch
    had to be pressed for at least a few seconds before the fuel-starved engine would shut
    down. It was then when dispatchers came up with
    a brilliant idea. Locomotive #8391 would wait in ambush for
    the runaway #8888 to approach. There were two crewmembers on that train:
    engineers Jess Knowlton and Terry Forson. When the two of them saw the speeding runaway,
    the chase ensued. Luckily, Knowlton and Forson managed to couple
    onto the freight train’s rear car and began to slow it down. As soon as the runaway’s speed dropped to
    11 mph (18 kph), engineer Jon Hosfeld, who’d been waiting up ahead, managed to climb into
    the cab and shut down the engine. Later, it turned out that the heat and friction
    had completely destroyed the brakes on #8888 after they’d been in use during the whole
    trip. Even though this incident gave everyone involved
    and the public quite a scare, it did end well. And, boy, talk about teamwork makes the dream
    work! Have you ever heard about any other runaway
    trains? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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    just yet! We have over 2,000 cool videos for you to
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    video, click on it, and enjoy! Stay on the Bright Side of life!