enginedave wrote:20 years plus running and I haven't had one. Oh I've had close calls but no hits. I know guys that get them left and right. All you can do I guess is be confident you were doing all you could (headlight on bright, ditch lights if applicable, horn, etc.) Everyone is different and will react differently...
Not being in T & E, but an employee who had occasion to deadhead on engines, I can tell you it is horrible to hit somebody.
I've seen some hits and some really close calls. It especially hurts if there's kids involved. Those awful seconds when you are watching from the cab and you realize, "SHE'S NOT GONNA STOP!" And the horn is going TANT-TANT-TANT-TANT-TANT-TANT" while a Ford Pinto (with a baby seat) disappears under the nose of the engine! And what do you say to a big, burly engineer with his head down on the steps of the engine or leaning against the nose with huge tears? Yeah, I've seen 'em cry (me, too!) when it just got to 'em...just too much. Corny maybe, but why, why can't people stop, look, and listen---just for 2 seconds?
A funny aside.............. Once I was working at our shops. The Liddell St crossing was often blocked by trains from Charlotte Yard. There was a VERY pregnant lady, stomach bulging, whom we noticed was CRAWLING under the train towards us. Thinking to protect her, we rushed out to explain not to do that, how dangerous it was, calling the head end to not move on the radio. I NEVER heard such a filthy-mouthed cussing in all my life. She cussed us up one side and down the other. WHEW! She had no clue that all that train had to do was lurch forward and she and her baby------SQUISH! These are the mothers of today?
Sorta funny when you look back, sad at the potential results!