WhartonAndNorthern wrote: ↑Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:47 pm
STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:04 pm
And where have you ever found such a device? You want something to block traffic normally and then lift up to allow a train to pass? What if they don't lift? That's a piece of wood or fiberglass getting flung at 35 mph.
Over-track crossing arms with reflective tape would actually work in this case. It would significantly reduce the number of cars stopping on the tracks. You'll still get the odd drunk moron, but I'm not seeing a bar east along route 54.
I mean don't get me wrong, I'd love to see reflectors, Botts dots, holograms (in the future) or even a projection on a water curtain but I don't forsee physical barriers that could interfere with the trains.
rcthompson04 wrote:Ashland is an interesting problem. Would NEC style gates from up in Connecticut work?
Can you pinpoint an example crossing, Mr. Thompson?
That said, we need something at eye level of an average car to reflect. The easiest would be two crossing gate arms that raise when the road-way gates are closing. If they malfuction? Well, that should be easy to detect and warn trains on, but then... as you say, it's a lightweight piece of wood/fiberglass/aluminum, and you can design it to break off and be restrained from flinging out via cables or chains.
If they removed the long turn lane, then first try adding reflectors to demark a blocked lane on the tracks. If people keep running over them and making a left turn where they shouldn't, then put in the gates.