Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by expbusop » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:30 am

Train vs car West Reddng Station on Danbury Branch 8pm last night ,no injuries, car totaled. Driver thought he was turning into driveway but got stuck on tracks. Pizza store owner got driver out of car before train hit.

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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by GirlOnTheTrain » Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:31 pm

Article pertaining to the above train vs. car in Redding
https://www.newstimes.com/policereports ... src=nthpcp
Tom Costanzo knew he had to do something when he realized a driver was stuck on train tracks in the path of an oncoming train near his pizzeria Saturday night. Costanzo, the owner of Tomasinos Pizza N Pasta on Long Ridge Road near the West Redding train station, said the car got stuck after the driver turned onto the tracks in the dark while trying to turn into his restaurant’s driveway.
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:21 am

It might help to UPDATE the GPS unit at least 1 time a year!!! :P
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by DutchRailnut » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:40 am

the person was a local and regular visitor to pizza place, so I think GPS comment is out line.
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:58 am

Stuff happens. I only drive at night now when absolutely necessary. It's not like he was trying to beat a train.
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by Ridgefielder » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:52 pm

Backshophoss wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:21 am
It might help to UPDATE the GPS unit at least 1 time a year!!! :P
This is one place where I not only don't think it was the GPS, but I could see myself making the same mistake, especially at night. Take a look at the view from the Googlemobile:

https://goo.gl/maps/LKU2jRFh9BmT41Rb7
https://goo.gl/maps/WwgTfc6bYQUzE2q39

Note the position of the camera on the roof of the car minimizes the grade up to the crossing. In most passenger vehicles it's totally blind past the tracks-- you can't see down Long Ridge Road until you're actually on the rails (I distinctly remember my 16 y/old elder brother "getting air" on this crossing in our 1976 Ford Fairmont wagon ca 1982...)

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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by DutchRailnut » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:26 pm

I think this old view before the improvements and move of crossing last year.
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:16 pm

By now there have been X generations of GPS units,the most current generations should be updateable at least 1 time a year!!!
To avoid the "fatel error" of turning onto the track,update the bloody thing at least 1 time a year!!!
That's the point of of this post and the other post
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by andrewjw » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:06 pm

Backshophoss wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:16 pm
By now there have been X generations of GPS units,the most current generations should be updateable at least 1 time a year!!!
To avoid the "fatel error" of turning onto the track,update the bloody thing at least 1 time a year!!!
That's the point of of this post and the other post
As noted, the driver was a regular and would not have been using GPS, so your comment is totally out of line.

Furthermore, dedicated GPS unit sales have decreased dramatically as almost everyone now uses their phone, which gets updates continuously.

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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by Backshophoss » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:18 pm

Phone based GPS can screw up,being based on Google or Bing Maps,and the phone provider "read" the map's software.
In the final outcome,it falls to the human driving the vehicle!
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Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Post by andrewjw » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:06 pm

The driver was not using a GPS, can we please move on?

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