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I know. Whenever I'm by the tracks I'm always explaining to people how they could get their legs cut off. Paranoid motherfucker.

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cracked said

 

"Basically, if you are between lines and one line starts to move, and you don't have a deathwish, you must stop whatever you're doing and either get out or at least pay close attention to what's going on. Move to the nearest end of the car you're next to of the stopped line, climb the ladder and either cross over and wait, or stand on the back walkway with a FIRM handgrip (in case that line also moves suddenly). "

 

On cars that don't have a crosswalk, but do have a ladder on the back and front of the car (like some gondolas) is it just as safe to hold onto this ladder as it would be to stand on the crosswalk and hold on? I'm not talking about the ladders on the sides.

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That works, but you must keep a firm grip, in case the car you are clinging to moves suddenly. It's happened to me plenty of times (two or more adjacent lines moving at around the same time). Of course, if it's so busy that adjacent lines are moving simultaneously, you are probably in a poor spot to be painting or even fucking around at all.

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I have a question...

 

Here is a picture of a spot I know

 

track 1 __________________________________________________

track 2 _________________________________________

track 3 /_________________________________________

track 4 /__x_______________________________________________

 

tracks 2 and 3 are sidings off of track 4, and the x is me. All tracks are empty except 4. Tracks 2 and 3 are about a half mile long, and I only go there at night.

 

Occasionally engines come down track one, and you can see their headlight when they are about a mile away. When I see one coming I cross over tracks 3,2, and one and hide in the woods until the engine passes by and is out of sight. The problem is that when I look both ways before crossing the tracks, the headlight shines right in my eye. I'm worried that the headlight shining in my eye would make it hard to see anything else coming towards me down one of the other tracks from the same direction, perhaps backing up.

 

I think that if something was backing up towards me down one of the other tracks it would block my view of the headlight and be backlit by it therefore making it visible. Does anyone have any input on this situation?

 

Painting the other side of track 4 is not an option and neither is crossing over the cars on track 4 because they usually don't have crosswalks.

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hmm...

 

i'm guessing the light dosen't go very far width-wise, and the engineer is concentrating on what's directly ahead. what kind of cars don't have crosswalks ? maybe you could just go down line #4 when an engine comes, and look for one with a crosswalk. that sounds like much of a hassle than going all the way to the other side of line 1.

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usually line 4 has a really long string of gondola cars, and none of the gondolas have crosswalks, each one does usually have a ladder on one end though.

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alright im kinda new to trains. ive only been painting them for about a month or so. i havent ever painted in yards yet but where i do paint its the trains that stop for a couple days and where workers unload them into werehouses and such. just wondering if anyone else paints at these places, if they are safe to paint at (getting caught, hurt, whatever) also, whats the difference between these and layups? thanks for any information, i dont want to find out ive been getting lucky and one day get caught or killed.

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Originally posted by Vanity

ummm, cracked.. you say that seein a worker is no reason to run,, but then you say yer best bet is to get outta there if you see a worker...

 

help.

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beestur: already answered earlier in the thread, read the whole thing again.

ckit: you're living the good life. 'layup' is anywhere a train parks besides a yard.

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I had to post this due the large number of repeat offenders. I have read this thread from beginning to end and found the same shit coming up over and over due the lack of reading and comprehension skills. Start from page one before asking another retarded question. This thread is way to helpul to be overlooked. Keep the rails rockin!

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have you ever been in a situation were one of your friends got hert or killed by doing stupid things in the yard?

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*bump*

 

just read this front to back, really good info, i don't know shit about freights and this really helped me get a clue

 

nice job.

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next summer i'm moving to europe and even though slightly different i imagine these tips will help me a lot...i'll be living right across the street from a train station which also does all the "humping", there is always sleeping trains there as well...however its a ghetto ass area full of russians and MY biggest fear is meeting some punk ass thugs, not even the railworkers, should i get a gun??? do any of u paint trains in ghetto areas???

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Hahaha, my yard is in the GHETTO! I paint in one of the worst places of my town. No one around there thinks about walkin around at night alone, or even in small groups. My happy ass goes tho, its kinda scary..

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louisiana has a ghetto? well hell i'm not just talking bad housing etc. but in this region these russian thugz will cut you up for your shoes, or simply beat the shit out of you if you don't speak russian!

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Most yards are located in what some people would call "ghetto" areas. Trainyards tend to lower the land value around them, most cities will buy the land and build public housing projects. Since most yards were built years ago, they tend to be in innercity areas. The exception would be newer or recently built intermodal terminals which tend to locate in the outskirts area where alot of logistics, warehousing, and business parks are located. Because of the locations of trainyards and their proximity to low income areas, crimes against the railroads are common. I know a retired city cop, who I swear looks like Richard Pryor, and he tells me stories about working w/ the railroad police kicking in doors in the housing projects busting up railroad theft rings. I know theirs cats on here who have crazy stories as well from their areas. If you can't handle the consequences or be prepared to act when a certain situation arises in a trainyard, layup, dock spot, mainline track, or whatever, my best advice would be to stay out...

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i just wanted to say that i think its awsome to have this much knowlage about what ur working with. keep it up cracked...i have the upmost respect for you and ne1 else that posts threads like this 1.

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some of the questions im seeing...you guys need to learn a few more things. better get someone to show you around before you walk in all high and mighty. shits not a joke its dangerous. know where your lines come from, where they go, all the ways in and out and the surrounding area. you learn by benching and go in to royal farms and its called ADC. or mapquest your city if you got a highspeed internet or bored in school. i look foreward to seein your trains roll through my spots...

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i thank got i read this thread b4 i went to the yards 2day...i was climbin a car and out of nowhere i see another rollin 2wards me so i jumped off and messed up my foot a lil bit but if i hadn't read this earlier i wouldnt have paid as much attention and would have been screwed...thank you

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Not sure what things are like in the US, but in Australia, any employee working near live tracks is required to wear a reflective saftey vest. Most times now, if I'm on Railway property where I shouldn't be, I'll wear one. Not only do you look like an employee, (who is authorised to be there) you also have the added bonus of being more likely to be seen by a train crew if you're in the way.

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I was walking through this one yard yesterday, and I'm walking passed some oil tanker cars. All of a sudden I hear, *ping, ping, ping!* so I stopped(scared the shit outta me), because I thought someone else was in the yard. It almost sounded like somebody throwing little pebbles into the tanker car. So I walked around to the front of the oil tanker, and listened again, *ping, ping ping!* Does anybody know what this is? Because it happened to every oil tanker car in the yard.

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Pinging tankers are letting off small pressure increases. They have something called a pressure release device which blows off a little steam when pressure rises in the tanker. (Just air comes out, not any dangerous chemicals.)

Tankers often heat up in the sun (especially black ones - ever wear all black on a hot day?), slightly raising the internal pressure, which is taken care of by those short, pinging releases of air. I was startled the first time it happened to me, by a line way out in the boonies with nobody around. That used to be a nice spot.

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Originally posted by Cracked Ass

Pinging tankers are letting off small pressure increases. They have something called a pressure release device which blows off a little steam when pressure rises in the tanker. (Just air comes out, not any dangerous chemicals.)

Tankers often heat up in the sun (especially black ones - ever wear all black on a hot day?), slightly raising the internal pressure, which is taken care of by those short, pinging releases of air. I was startled the first time it happened to me, by a line way out in the boonies with nobody around. That used to be a nice spot.

 

damn man! graffiti encylopedia! You are a world of knowledge. Thanks for all the tips!

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