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Steam engine hits car at Sheringham level crossing

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Old 17th November 2018, 19:16
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Steam engine hits car at Sheringham level crossing

The 1912 Y14 locomotive ploughed into the silver Mercedes near Sheringham railway station, Norfolk, at about 11:30 GMT.

It is thought the motorist was heading to a nearby golf club at the time of the crash, which badly damaged the car.


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Old 17th November 2018, 21:48
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When will people learn.
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Probably to busy comparing their handy caps.
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I notice the comment in the press; "Train emerged victor".
Level crossing incidents can have devastating consequences.
But, at least there were no injuries.
Here, motorists who cause an incident at level crossing can be sued for damages.
And, the soot belcher involved does not look to have been too badly damaged.
Quite a different saga to a level crossing incident in Mexico (Victoria) involving the Steamrail K class and a heavy big rig.
The K class was damaged severely due to the impact and consequent derailment.
For a period here in NSW, trains travelling west beyond Orange had to slow down on approach to every level crossing.
This being the knee jerk reaction to an incident at a cowcockie crossing.
The DMU rail motor service was not affected to badly by the necessary speed reductions.
It could accelerate quickly after passing through the crossings and resume track speed.
But, lengthy freighters were drastically affected and lost much time.
Needing to slow down for each crossing and then slowly increase speed after passing through.
I guess that the only definite solution is for complete grade separation between rails and bitumen.
Very costly, but not feasible for rural crossings.
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Don't people slow down and they look?

Whenever I'm driving around the USA I'm always concerned even if the level crossing has gates, they might fail. I always slow down and look even if the gates are up. But to be able to see far enough down the tracks, the front of the car is often on the track already. School buses have to stop before crossing.

On my recent trip to England in the Alton area, I don't remember going over any level crossings but everyone else was driving on the wrong side of the road
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