"Jump crossings?"

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Re: "Jump crossings?"

Postby 3rdrail » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:48 pm

Originally, the railroads were concerned with the streetcars overhead, such as if the pole became disconnected, stalling the car momentarily. Ohio Brass and others went to great lengths to get around this problem, usually by means of running an energized metal cage shaped like a half-circle around the overhead, so if the pole became disengaged, it would continue to be energized in the cage. Historically, railroads have been against all crossings, and in some instances, gang fights have broken out between rival electric and steam railway workers where a crossing was being put in place.
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Re: "Jump crossings?"

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:33 pm

That reminds me--the last time I rode the line I couldn't see any protective cage on the wire at the crossing and wondered whether its absence represents an unnecessary safety risk. It takes a while for the operator to walk back and replace the pole on the wire.
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Re: "Jump crossings?"

Postby mmi16 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:00 pm

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polybalt wrote:Actually I have seen a photo of an even more radical jump crossing installed only a few years ago where the SEPTA #11 streetcar line crosses the CSX mainline at grade in Darby. I assume it is still in service. The CSX rails are continuous and untouched. There are no frogs. The streetcar rails actually stop before touching the railroad rails and once again the streetcar wheels "jump" over the railroad rails. I can't believe it works, but obviously it does.


I just drove over that crossing 3 days ago. In fact, I was right behind a trolley. It came to a full stop, bumped over the CSX rails, and proceeded on its way. The trolley flanges have worn a groove into the CSX railheads.

There were some pictures posted of this crossing somewhere on these forums a ew months back, but I couldn't find them today.

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