What is it? (switcher #5118)

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Postby Engineer James » Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:19 am

I have never seen this unit. Having some Electrical sence says that from a distance you probably could not see them unless they were within a short range.
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Postby ExEMDLOCOTester » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:21 am

Engineer James wrote:I have never seen this unit. Having some Electrical sence says that from a distance you probably could not see them unless they were within a short range.


What is important about being able to see the lights from a distance at a Pedestrian or Vehicle crossing?
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Postby Engineer James » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:25 am

not for pedestrian crossings nor vechicle crossings. yard work is my thought. Someone comes walkin along trespassing and accidently gets hit by the thing. Though I do not know much about the area or road myself. What are the standards for RCPU's?
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Postby ExEMDLOCOTester » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:33 am

Engineer James wrote:not for pedestrian crossings nor vechicle crossings. yard work is my thought. Someone comes walkin along trespassing and accidently gets hit by the thing. Though I do not know much about the area or road myself. What are the standards for RCPU's?


The RC units installed on the EMD property Yard switchers had the X-mas tree on the side of the cab. When I first used it, I looked at the lights to verify the unit transitioned to the mode I commanded. After awhile, the shoulder slung unit kept falling down and breaking. Never had a reason to look at the x-mas tree while operating, per property orders.

Someone from the road will need to finish answering this.
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Postby MEC407 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 9:40 am

Engineer James wrote:not for pedestrian crossings nor vechicle crossings. yard work is my thought. Someone comes walkin along trespassing and accidently gets hit by the thing. Though I do not know much about the area or road myself. What are the standards for RCPU's?


Well, if the headlights / ditch lights / horn / bell aren't enough to get the trespassers to move out of the way, I doubt that any number of strobes or flashers are going to make any difference. So the whole thing is moot.
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Postby ExEMDLOCOTester » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:08 am

MEC407 wrote:
Engineer James wrote:not for pedestrian crossings nor vechicle crossings. yard work is my thought. Someone comes walkin along trespassing and accidently gets hit by the thing. Though I do not know much about the area or road myself. What are the standards for RCPU's?


Well, if the headlights / ditch lights / horn / bell aren't enough to get the trespassers to move out of the way, I doubt that any number of strobes or flashers are going to make any difference. So the whole thing is moot.


Thanks MEC, I didn't feel qualified to make that statment for the road. :-D
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Postby MEC407 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:32 am

The sad truth is that there will always be some people who get run over by locos, regardless of all the safety devices that are in place. You could put a giant billboard on the loco that says "STAY AWAY OR YOU WILL GET KILLED!" and some people would still walk in front of it and get hit. Why? I don't know. That's just the way it is. Fortunately, most people have enough common sense to stay out of the way of a moving object that is bigger than they are.

Back to the original topic: does anybody know the specs of this unit? I'm curious as to the horsepower, starting and continuous tractive effort, fuel economy, etc.
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Postby 2spot » Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:43 am

MEC407 wrote:The sad truth is that there will always be some people who get run over by locos, regardless of all the safety devices that are in place. You could put a giant billboard on the loco that says "STAY AWAY OR YOU WILL GET KILLED!" and some people would still walk in front of it and get hit. Why? I don't know. That's just the way it is. Fortunately, most people have enough common sense to stay out of the way of a moving object that is bigger than they are.


Not to stray from the original topic too far but when the Liverpool & Manchester Railway had its opening day, Stephensons Rocket (the first successful locomotive) struck and killed one William Huskisson. People since that first day have failed to recognize the dangers trains pose to them.
Is a train the only form of transportation that cant swerve around a careless human?

And now back to discussing the #5118...
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Postby Engineer James » Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:07 pm

Ok, I was just wondering from the safety side of things.
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Postby snitkofj » Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:14 pm

LEDs have come a long way in the past few years. Police and Fire departments are using them inplace of traditional warning lights to reduce electrical draw. They are replacing both traditional filiment bulbs and strobes.
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