Grade Crossing Hotlines

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Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby wilmette2008 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:15 pm

Happy 2018,

How come the general public doesn't know about railroad crossing hotlines? Whenever they see a railroad crossing malfunction they either ignore it or call the police. And when I ask people who they would call if they saw a Railroad Crossing Malfunction most would say the Police,Why would you say this is?
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby CHTT1 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:42 pm

It's the logical thing to do. The hotline is not promoted very much and you have to look around the crossing to find the signs or stencils that tell you what number to call. I assume the police dispatcher has those numbers readily available and can easily call the correct RR dispatcher.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby ExCon90 » Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:39 pm

I'd guess that the only people who even see those signs are pedestrians, or maybe someone in the first car in line when the gates are down. Nobody in a car going over the crossing at speed is likely to even notice one. And I can't offhand think of a way to spread the word that wouldn't cost a bundle.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby ohioriverrailway » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:49 pm

That notification sign is an integral part of every Operation Lifesaver presentation.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:37 pm

That's good to hear--do they also hammer home the admonition to stay on the near side of a crossing until there's room on the far side? We still see plenty of violations of that.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby CHTT1 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:28 am

The signs just give a telephone number to call in case there is a problem with the gates.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby ExCon90 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:23 pm

I meant in the Operation Lifesaver presentations.
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Re: Grade Crossing Hotlines

Postby eolesen » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:10 pm

Maybe it's because OLS presentations are made to 0.00000000001% of the driving population?...

I have the number for UP in my phone contacts, but for the rest of the world, calling local LEO's to show up isn't a bad alternative because they probably will call it in if it's a busy line.
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