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I am almost positive this is a bridge along our commuter line in Oregon. Things like this weren’t very funny to us…but they’re funny now. I no longer work there. :lol:
 

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1 hour ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

I am almost positive this is a bridge along our commuter line in Oregon. Things like this weren’t very funny to us…but they’re funny now. I no longer work there. :lol:
 

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You guys were amazing at bridge replacement. One just like that got hit up here. They closed the road at about mid night and replaced the bridge by morning rush hour. Impressive at the least.

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4 hours ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

I am almost positive this is a bridge along our commuter line in Oregon. Things like this weren’t very funny to us…but they’re funny now. I no longer work there. :lol:
 

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There's a railroad bridge in Alabama, on 431 between Dothan and Phenix City. You drive down into this little dip to go underneath it, but just before you go down the little dip there's a road headed off to the right. You take that little road and drive over the tracks before the bridge, if you are too tall to go underneath it.

 

Kinda like CW McCall's Wolf Creek Pass. "The sign said clearance to the 12-foot line, but the chickens were stacked to 13-9."

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When I lived out East, there was a stout old railroad bridge that would peel the top off a Semi trailer so it looked just like an opened sardine can.  A relatively frequent happening.

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1 hour ago, Father Kit Cool Gun Garth said:

 

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Red Green would be proud!

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Used to enjoy his TV show, that was moons ago!

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A farmer is driving with a redneck as his passenger, when he decides to pull over because he suspects his turn signal may not be working. 

He asks the redneck if he doesn't mind stepping out of the car to check the lights while the farmer tests them. 

The redneck steps out and stands in front of the vehicle, as the farmer turns on the turn signal and asks if it's working. 

The redneck responses, 

"Yes, it's working...No, it's not working...Yes, it's working...No, it's not working....

 

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So did we all live in the same house? :blink:29

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Worlds Toughest Bridge

 

 

 

What is the location of the 11foot8 bridge?

201 Gregson St in Durham, NC (intersection with Peabody St)

 

Why is the bridge so low? This train trestle is about 100 years old. At the time when it was built, there were no standards for minimum clearance.

 

How often do trucks crash into the bridge?

On average, about once a month a truck gets visibly damaged at the bridge. However, every day I see trucks that trip the overheight warning lights, stop and turn into the side street.

 

Why don’t they fix it?

Depends on who “they” are and on what “fix” means. The North Carolina Railroad Company owns the train trestle, and their concern is primarily with keeping the trains running and keeping them running safely. So their concern is mainly with reducing the impact of the truck crashes on the actual structure of the train trestle. As far as they are concerned, they solved that problem by installing the crash beam. The city of Durham has installed “low clearance” signs on each of the 3 blocks leading up to the trestle (Gregson is a one-way road). There is an “overheight when flashing” sign with flashing lights that are triggered by vehicles that are too tall. Several blocks ahead of the trestle the speed limit is 25 MPH. The folks from the city planning department said that they made an effort to prevent accidents. The North Carolina Dept. of Transportation maintains the road, but not the signage. I suspect they have much bigger problems to deal with statewide than this bridge.

 

Is the clearance signage accurate?

The clearance signage displays a maximum safe clearance – and yes, in that sense it is accurate. The actual clearance of the crash beam right in front of the trestle is 11 feet 10.8 inches, which gives it a 2.8 inch safety margin. The MUTCD allows for a maximum of 3 inches difference between the signage and the actual clearance.

 

Can’t the road be lowered?

That would be prohibitively expensive because a sewer main runs just a few feet below the road bed. That sewer main also dates back about a hundred years and, again, at the time there were no real standards for minimum clearance for railroad underpasses.

 

Can’t the bridge be raised?

Here, too, the question is who would want to pay the millions of dollars to raise the tracks a couple of feet? To accomplish this, the grade of the tracks would have to changed on both sides of the trestle, probably for several miles. That would require rebuilding all trestles in Durham. And NS would have to shut down this busy track for months. I don’t think they are interested in that idea.

 

Is the signeage inadequate?

The signeage is pretty good. Large signs alert driver to the low clearance several blocks before the bridge. Overheight vehicles trip a light switch that turns on flashing warning lights.right at the bridge.

 

Should there be more signeage?

It’s hard to see how more “low-clearance” signs will significantly improve the situation. But maybe a different kind of signeage would get the driver’s attention. Could they install a low-clearance bar? A low clearance bar is a bar suspended by chains ahead of the bridge. Overheight vehicles hit that bar first and the noise alerts the driver to to the problem. I understand that this approach has been successful in other places, but it’s not practical here. There are many overheight trucks that have to be able to drive right up to the bridge and turn onto Peabody St. in order to deliver supplies to several restaurants. Making Peabody St inaccessible from Gregson St would make the restaurant owners and the delivery drivers very unhappy.

 

Why are they using yellow flashing lights?

Warning lights have to be yellow according to the NC traffic laws.

 

Are the drivers stupid?

No idea. They certainly seem distracted and the rental truck drivers are also probably inexperienced.

 

Will insurance cover the damages?

Most truck rental insurance policies specifically exclude overhead damage from coverage. However, a good auto insurance or liability insurance might pick up the tab. Check with your agent.

 

Or even better – don’t hit the bridge!

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Penske must be running short on trucks by now.:lol:

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27 minutes ago, Wallaby Jack, SASS #44062 said:

 

 ..... reminds me of the little kids in India following cows around with buckets, in case they lift their tails ...... plop, plop, plop ....

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Giving meaning to the phrase "HOLY XXXX!"

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UPS Airlines Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one; a reassurance to those of us who fly routinely in our jobs. After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics corrects the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident. P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire. * P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. * P: Something loose in cockpit S: Something tightened in cockpit * P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order. * P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. * P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed. * P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level. * P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what friction locks are for. * P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. * P: Suspected crack in windshield. S : Suspect you're right. * P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search * P: Aircraft handles funny. S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious. * P:Target radar hums. S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics. * P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed. * Lastly.... * P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from the midget.

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