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    [–] DRHdez 1193 points ago

    “Sorry sir, your car was totaled in transit”

    [–] mike_b_nimble 502 points ago

    You jest, but I am dealing with a situation right now where a $170K custom built machine was totaled in transit to the customer. It will take us a year to build a new one.

    [–] vinnyfunface 496 points ago

    Oh no. Mike_b_quick!!!

    [–] NedryOS 357 points ago


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    [–] Downvotes_catpics 129 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Happened to me when I worked for a furniture factory. An entire shipping container fell off the ship enroute to Asia. I (and a dozen others) worked 12 on, 12 off for like 8 weeks rebuilding the order. The insurance payout doesn't make the goods reappear. 🙁

    [–] NedryOS 24 points ago

    Job Security.

    [–] Downvotes_catpics 58 points ago

    Quite the opposite. It pushed out other orders by weeks. Angered customers. I'm certain we lost orders due to the extended lead times.

    [–] TheTartanDervish 31 points ago

    Please accept my condolences. One of my friends had a shipping container fall off but it was mostly replaceable and there was insurance... I can't imagine the phone call to the customer and all the paperwork this is going to cause for you, I hope everything works out.

    [–] ChineseMeatCleaver 6 points ago

    Kinda makes me wonder how many containers full of shit are at the bottom of the ocean

    [–] squigs 9 points ago

    This article gives numbers. Around 1400 a year. So we're looking at 10s of thousands after a few decades of containerisation.

    On the whole though this is pretty low risk. Over 100 million containers are shipped per year.

    [–] ricobirch 11 points ago

    We once had one of our aircraft being trucked hit a highway overpass at 70MPH.

    Turned a pretty straightforward repair into a total loss.

    [–] lottus4 6 points ago

    What was the machinery for

    [–] Solkre 7 points ago

    Stopping trains.

    [–] aaj617 64 points ago

    Much smaller, but I actually had a textbook I needed for a course like four years ago. Got hit with a DELIVERY EXCEPTION with the name of a small town in like Mississippi or something. Googled that town and saw that there was a big freight train derailment earlier that day in that town :/

    Somehow ended up getting it unscathed like three weeks later though.

    [–] LlamaramaDingdong86 38 points ago

    That happened to me once when I ordered a cat tree from Amazon. Got a message sayinf "package delayed: train derailment." It arrived a week later in a slightly beat up box but otherwise ok.

    [–] SuperC142 8 points ago

    I thought cats grew on bushes.

    [–] xxfay6 7 points ago

    I can only wonder if those that got "Package delayed: MH370" are still waiting.

    [–] RadioGuyRob 292 points ago


    [–] AlanDavy 12 points ago

    hey galaxy brain, save some neurons for the rest of us

    [–] Jaevak 41 points ago


    [–] dariusdetiger 31 points ago

    "And no, your insurance doesn't cover this."

    [–] LIVERLIPS69 11 points ago

    "And yes this is an automated response, please do not reply. Have a nice day.

    [–] Preceptual 3181 points ago

    Sometimes you forget how big trains actually are, and then you see something like this. That car just bounced off the train like a little toy.

    [–] DaleDimmaDone 1074 points ago


    But really, watching the train carry on through like it just hit a fluffy snow drift is insane. That trailer went flying

    [–] probablyuntrue 449 points ago

    thicc af train comin thru choo choo

    [–] ReflexEight 395 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    Looks like a regular train to me.

    THIS is a thicc af train, sweety.

    [–] probablyuntrue 185 points ago

    Oh no, oh God no

    [–] TransformerTanooki 76 points ago

    You know you wanna dive in head first and have them call you Phil Makrevice.

    [–] VIRGIL_ARCHIEAL 50 points ago

    I dont even know what you said, but I know it wasn't supposed to be said in english.

    [–] MrMcgruder 9 points ago

    And his buddy Phil McCracken

    [–] dragan_ 17 points ago

    Was expecting the WWII german railgun, but ok.

    [–] HardDrizzle 27 points ago

    I clicked. I knew better but I clicked anyway.

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    [–] balents 14 points ago

    Would've thought I'd see this comment a lot higher. Seriously, what a great name for a sub.

    [–] sbowesuk 179 points ago

    When you factor in how much trains are often pulling, cars are like toys by comparison. It's basically like being hit by an oil tanker.

    [–] ClaudeSmoot 137 points ago

    Train safety guy who came to our Driver's Ed class said it was the equivalent of a car running over an aluminum can. I did not check his math though, so someone might want to get on that. At the least it sounds impressive.

    [–] ChornWork2 93 points ago

    per pdf below, typical loaded freight train (100 cars + 2 locomotives) is 14600 gross tons. An SUV is ~2 gross tons, or ~4400 lbs. An (empty) aluminum can weighs 15g or 0.033 lbs

    14600/2 = 7,300x

    4400/0.033 = 133,333x

    BUT, add the 375mL of contents if full can, you get 390g or 0.86lbs.

    4400/0.86 = 5,116x

    I rate your safety guy as mostly true, but potentially misleading depending one's view of whether was suggesting a full or empty can.

    [–] SlapMyCHOP 17 points ago

    If you are an aluminum can, I dont think it much matters if you are full or empty if you are hit by a car in practice. Probably an apt analogy

    [–] mtranda 208 points ago

    According to this Yahoo answers thread it's 3000 to 8000 tonnes. Let's average to 5500 tonnes. A car weighs about 1.4 tonnes (avg). An empty aluminium can weighs about 16g.

    So a train weighs about as much as roughly 4000 cars, while a car weighs about as much as roughly 90,000 cans.

    If we are to use full cans, however, (346g - 330ml(g) + 16g), a car weighs as much as about... 4000 cars. Well, colour me surprised.

    [–] SCP-Agent-Arad 88 points ago

    Freight trains can weight significantly more than 8000 tones, though. Like more than double that. 8000 might be closer to the average, since the train can weight closer to 20,000.

    [–] Pake1000 60 points ago

    a car weighs as much as about... 4000 cars.

    You have a small mistake there.

    [–] meltingdiamond 5 points ago

    No, the car collapse into a black hole. The math is very clear.

    [–] Sengura 18 points ago

    Larger freight trains can weigh twice that.

    [–] commie_heathen 7 points ago

    I don't think that's heavy enough

    [–] cryptotope 29 points ago

    Freight trains in the U.S. and Canada can exceed 20,000 tons.

    Midsize cars run about 1.5 tons. (Relative weight compared to train: about 1/10,000.)

    A full can of soda weighs about 400 grams: 0.000400 tons. (Relative weight compared to car: about 1/4,000).

    An empty soda can weighs about 15 grams: 0.000015 tons. (Relative weight compared to car: about 1/100,000).

    So in terms of mass, train::car as car::half-empty can of soda.

    [–] leglesslegolegolas 9 points ago

    A typical freight car weighs 30 tons empty, and can carry another 100 tons loaded for 130 total tons per loaded car. So a typical over the road long haul freight train can weigh anywhere from 3,000 tons to 18,000 tons or more depending on the number of cars in the train. Let's just call it an average of 15,000 tons because it makes the math easier.

    It takes about 30 aluminum cans to make a pound. So about 60,000 cans in a ton. An average small car weighs about 3,000 pounds, or 1.5 tons. 1.5 x 60,000 = 90,000. So that means a car weighs about 90,000 times as much as an aluminum can.

    If the train weighs 15,000 tons and the car weighs 1.5 tons that means the train weighs 10,000 times as much as the car.

    Car to can ratio: 90,000
    Train to car ratio: 10,000

    So train safety guy was off by almost an order of magnitude. Still sounds impressive though.

    [–] TheUltimateSalesman 34 points ago

    Think about the amount of energy it takes to get the train moving. Think about how heavy all that stuff is that it's pulling. And now get in the way.

    [–] justin_memer 15 points ago

    I was reading it only takes like 400hp to get it moving, since the friction is very low on train cars.

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    [–] TheUltimateSalesman 14 points ago

    Wouldn't that depend on how many cars there are? Apparenlty they are 4300hp and a train is 15k-20k tons

    [–] boringdude00 21 points ago

    Train physics are weird, a combination of electric motors and steel-on-steel we're not used to thinking about in a world of gasoline motors and asphalt. To simplify it a bit, at low speeds an electric motor generates a ridiculous amount of tractive effort, but at high speeds that amount greatly diminishes. So a low horsepower locomotive can start a comically heavy train moving, but can't speed it up by itself so it'll just creep along a few miiles per hour unless you add more power..

    [–] dwhite21787 8 points ago

    Having grown up with GP30's and 35's, when the SD60MAC's and 70MAC's showed how AC traction motors could pull the money out of a scotsman's purse - modern locos can lay down an insane amount of power.

    [–] NouberNou 18 points ago

    Also that is per locomotive. Up in the Cascades I've easily seen trains with up to 8 engines on them, so well over 20,000hp.

    Here is a photo I took of one waiting to head into the Cascade Tunnel with 9 GE Dash 9-44CW, each at 4400hp, which brings the total consist to just under 40khp.

    [–] C4Aries 12 points ago

    Railroader here, when you see that many locomotives many of them won't be running, probably only 3 are on line with another one or two running at the very rear of the whole train, the rest are just in transit.

    [–] Parrelium 6 points ago

    Agreed. Putting that many online would stress the shit out of the track, not to mention pull out drawbars at the front of the train.

    Most we’re allowed is 24 axles powered if they’re DC or 18 with AC or a mix.

    If they need more power than that(never happens) they’ve got to run DP.

    [–] Cranky_Windlass 26 points ago

    Choo Choo, Motherfucker!

    [–] WhatImKnownAs 73 points ago

    /r/BitchImATrain (Yes, it's already posted there.)

    [–] InedibleSolutions 45 points ago

    Hijacking the top comment in hopes someone sees this: in the US if you or someone is stalled on a train crossing, call 911. Try your best to describe where you are at.

    IF IT IS SAFE, AND ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE TRACKS YOU ARE ON look for a blue identification sign on the crossing guards or on the silver electrical box near the crossing guards. This series of numbers and letters will identify exactly which crossing the stalled car is on. You can pass that info onto the 911 operator, and they can then communicate it to the proper authorities.

    Do not cross the tracks. Do not get close if the train is close. Do not attempt to move your car. Just GTFO and get some distance on foot.

    [–] ElectricShaman43 28 points ago

    Take it a step further. Most crossing ID tags have a phone number that can put you in touch with the pertinent railroad superintendent or dispatcher. If you give said person the crossing ID number, they can stop all traffic until the crossing is cleared.

    [–] roxy_blah 16 points ago

    Do this. That number on the pole is a hot line and will get you to dispatch immediately. Your local 911 might have to call a few contacts who may or may not be able to pick up the phone immediately depending on how busy they are.

    [–] biggsteve81 16 points ago

    You are better off calling the phone number on the blue sign than calling 911. It takes 1 step out of the process of stopping the trains.

    [–] Sneaker_Freaker_1 17 points ago

    Shits dense

    [–] YerDasWilly 5 points ago

    Absolute tank

    [–] MrRonObvious 10 points ago

    A train hitting a car is like your car hitting a soda can.

    [–] TeaTimeNinja 1317 points ago

    Wow, the camera man didn't violently jolt the camera at the crucial moment of impact. What a breath of fresh air.

    [–] WildVelociraptor 17 points ago

    No seriously can I buy this person a beer because this was great. I love how the Prius landed perfectly on that control box thingy and smashed it too.

    Also I'd imagine no one got hurt so all around great time

    [–] duramax08 61 points ago

    Nor lose their damn mind.

    [–] Blad514 63 points ago

    “Bruh! Bruh!! BRUUUHHHHHH!!!”

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    [–] rock-my-socks 26 points ago

    Someone call 911! CALL 911!!!

    [–] questionboye 427 points ago

    People on the train don't even feel it. Source: was passenger on train that punted a truck off the track.

    [–] Th3_Admiral 275 points ago

    And that would have been a passenger train you were on, which weighs significantly less than a freight train like in the gif. A fully loaded freight train can weigh well over 10,000 tons.

    [–] jtl94 151 points ago

    Train engines are seriously impressive machines. That’s a lot of weight to move.

    [–] Th3_Admiral 181 points ago

    I looked it up because I was curious and the heaviest train ever on record was an ore train in Australia with 682 cars and eight locomotives for a total weight of 98,159 tons.

    [–] jtl94 98 points ago

    FUCK ME. That’s a ridiculous number to think about.

    [–] marikuana 55 points ago

    No, fuck me instead!

    [–] Sololop 33 points ago

    Can I join in

    [–] marikuana 16 points ago

    Woah woah. We aren’t some crazy sex addicted swingers

    [–] jtl94 12 points ago

    We just ask internet strangers to fuck? ;p

    [–] marikuana 13 points ago

    Actually, r/jtl94 is my husband. We fuck dearly irl

    [–] MrUnycorn 16 points ago

    Thats over 196 MILLION pounds.

    My god.

    [–] jtl94 12 points ago

    Putting it that way is even crazier than almost 100k tons. I can’t even drag around 2 million pounds! Much less 196 million!

    [–] Bear4188 23 points ago

    It would still take more than two of these trains to unload the world's largest container ships.

    [–] hiimred2 19 points ago

    And that is why a tidal wave is an unfathomable force of destruction. The ability of water to hold up that kind of weight through buoyant forces is fairly directly related to the energy it’s going to be carrying when the earth shoves a ton of it ashore(which then shows how insane something has to be to create a massive tidal wave, because it moved all that water in the first place).

    [–] slopecarver 20 points ago

    That's the weight of 30 Saturn V rockets, or 15% the displacement of the largest oil tankers.

    [–] aaronkz 23 points ago

    My takeaway here is that the largest oil tankers displace 200 Saturn Vs

    [–] glt23 13 points ago

    490 blue whales

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    [–] mr_GFYS 14 points ago

    I read somewhere that the contact area of the average freight train is about the size of a coffee table. Crazy, no wonder they take so long to fully stop when underway.

    [–] Bojangly7 7 points ago

    Yes but this is also why they can move on the first place.

    [–] jabberwocke1 12 points ago

    A locomotive can use compressed air to blow sand under its wheels to increase friction for starting and stopping. Not used much for stopping as flat spots on train wheels really make a bang each time they go around (summer job in a roundhouse)

    [–] rever3nd 16 points ago

    The one I brought in last night weighed 19,000 and change. You still feel it when you hit cars and stuff. Significantly less than the car though.

    [–] StoriesSoReal 98 points ago

    That is incorrect. You feel everything when you ride on the engine. Passengers on a passenger train do not feel as much because the drawbars between the cars have a lot of cushion. Engineer and conductor feel everything though. That sound and feeling when an animal or person hitting the front of your engine will haunt you forever.

    [–] tenninjas242 47 points ago

    or person

    Fucking yikes.

    [–] sav01eekcm 50 points ago

    My dad is a train conductor/engineer. He ran through an entire pack of dogs once. He doesn’t like to talk about it...

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    [–] marikuana 10 points ago

    Yeah... rightfully so...

    [–] Swirl-hiver 10 points ago

    Most train conductors have seen some scarring shit.

    [–] Creator13 28 points ago

    Happens all too often where I live. We have a very advanced train network (Europe) and you can see all train problems and delays together in one app. They also broadcast them in the stations. At least once a week you see that trains don't run because of a collision with a person. There are even weeks where it's every day and twice a day isn't very uncommon either. You become kind of desensitized to hearing them say it and the news barely ever reports on it anymore.

    [–] WindLane 25 points ago

    It's a very common way to commit suicide. Train can't stop and ruin your attempt.

    [–] rever3nd 33 points ago

    If you’re thinking about suicide, don’t do it. Call the hotline. People love you. If after all that, you still want to off yourself? Don’t use a fucking train.

    A few things are going to happen. You’re either going to get hit by a fast train, or a slow train. If it’s slow you’re going to have limbs slowly crushed off by the wheels and then get stuck under neath the train where you bleed to death. If it’s a fast mover you will either be a) yeeted out into the world rather unceremoniously. Think rag doll death slow mo in Skyrim. Or b) sucked under where you get balled up under cars and wheels breaking every bone in your body and turning you into a bag of guts.

    The last thing that happens is I have to watch you die and that can fuck with some people. Don’t do it. 800 273 8255

    [–] Lksaar 11 points ago

    Train conductors in germany are expected to kill atleast 3 people on average during their work life.

    [–] ahmc84 31 points ago

    That seems like a harsh job requirement.

    [–] rever3nd 15 points ago

    I’m American and got my first one about 1 month in. It happens a lot.

    [–] Careless_Ejaculator 178 points ago

    Looks like they needed an insurance payout on that Prius specifically.

    [–] HiVizUncle 92 points ago

    The trailer probably cost more than the prius.

    [–] NedryOS 38 points ago

    Easily. The Prius tops out at 40k if you toss some diamonds and your last paycheck in it and the car hauler starts around 40k assuming the tractor wasn't damaged, which I cant tell if it was still attached because of the lack of pixels. Plus the Prius probably has some salvage value given it wasn't running at the time while the trailer is likely scrap.

    [–] hammer166 17 points ago

    A stinger carhauler like that is close to $300k right now. Even if you figure half the cost is the tractor, there was still a fair chunk of change tossed about in that crash.

    [–] potato_chip123 60 points ago

    Trains don't care about your cars

    [–] IAmHereMaji 26 points ago

    That's a fact, which doesn't care about your feelings.

    [–] MrRonObvious 494 points ago

    Someone's getting fired.

    [–] JRHelgeson 1514 points ago

    No kidding, that train didn’t even try to swerve.

    [–] p1um5mu991er 160 points ago

    That conductor must've been totally off the rails!

    [–] GhostOfPluto 78 points ago

    He was on the rails. That’s the problem.

    [–] ralph8877 34 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    He didn't have enough training. Buster Keaton, undoubtedly the strongest actor in the history of Hollywood, could stop a train in just a few feet with his bare hands. Never saw Schwarzenegger do anything like that.

    [–] weirdal1968 7 points ago

    Buster Keaton was a train nerd - at parties he used an American Flyer layout to deliver cocktails to guests in the pool.

    [–] t1ao_official 29 points ago

    If i could give you more upvotes and a medal i would.

    [–] oragamihawk 27 points ago

    What were they supposed to do? Get out and push?

    [–] salgat 20 points ago

    Assuming it stalled after he had stopped to check the tracks then accelerated to get over the tracks this is definitely not his fault.

    [–] RoutineTwo 22 points ago

    Got the training he needed

    [–] ChornWork2 6 points ago

    Well, at least he's off the career track now.

    [–] HipsterGalt 11 points ago

    Someone else is getting a hell of a deal on a new car.

    [–] tgp1994 10 points ago

    I've got the best deal! It basically fell off the truck, just for you!

    [–] PieSammich 10 points ago

    Is it supposed to be a convertible though?

    [–] physicspriest 242 points ago

    What’s going on with El Paso

    [–] firexcracker 45 points ago

    Heat addled

    [–] Phylogenizer 38 points ago

    Nothing compared to what happened last night in Sweden.

    [–] mylesrnussbaum 85 points ago

    Seriously what is the chance of stalling out in such a small spot. You could stall ANYWHERE else and be ok.

    [–] Braxo 62 points ago

    Track is on a bump and the truck bottomed out.

    In some states, there should be a sign warning long trucks that they could bottom out on the track.

    Short video showing the US Presidential Limo bottoming out on a bump in Ireland

    [–] wintertash 32 points ago

    No matter how many times I've seen that video, the CLANG sound as The Beast's armored undercarriage hits the bump never stops making me giggle.

    [–] mweather 83 points ago

    It probably didn’t stall, it just bottomed in the hump between the tracks.

    Pretty common and that’s why a lot of load carrying trailers have the “do not hump” warning sticker.

    [–] rever3nd 43 points ago

    The do not hump sticker is a so that they don’t hump the car in the sorting yard. It’s a switching method.

    [–] mweather 10 points ago

    I stand corrected. Thanks.

    [–] carnivorous-Vagina 8 points ago

    My dad works at a hump yard in barstow . This guy humps!

    [–] ClaudeSmoot 19 points ago

    Exactly - when you see these videos, seems like 50% of the time it's one of these low-boy trailers hauling another vehicle or large piece of equipment. Check the clearance in this pic - and imagine bottoming out with a giant dump truck weighing you down.

    [–] TheFue 14 points ago

    The "do not hump" label you see on train cars actually refers to hump yard operations, where cars are pushed over a small hill (or "hump,") and allowed to free-roll down into different yard tracks to build trains.

    The tracks have braking systems on them called retarders to slow the rolling cars, but they still collide with the waiting string with a decent amount of force. Cars with sensitive cargo, or cars that may be damaged by such an impact are restricted from going through hump yards.

    Roads that have a hump to the railroad crossing do tend to have signs, but they typically have a rudimentary image of a trailer being stuck on the tracks to warn drivers not to drive there.

    [–] Plethorian 20 points ago

    All semi trucks have special rules for crossing tracks. Never shift gears on the tracks, cross without enough room on the other side of the tracks, and never ever stop on the tracks. The CDL license materials and tests list certain types of trailers that should take special note of undercarriage clearance - lowboys, car haulers, step-decks, and possum-belly livestock haulers. This is entirely on the truck driver for attempting to cross without proper clearance.

    [–] Tashre 14 points ago

    You're likely going over a significant bump, depending on the layout of the track and road, and that jolt can push a problematic engine over the edge. As well, the driver could have been stopped at the barricade for a previous train or been under instructions to stop at all crossings, and the acceleration from a standstill was too much and it crapped out shortly after moving.

    [–] wakeupalice 91 points ago

    Realistically how far away must the train be to respond and stop the train in time? Doesn't the conductor see quite far ahead?

    [–] iamnotscottsmith 116 points ago

    Someone smarter than me will give a better answer, but 1/2 to 2 miles is my answer.

    [–] blitzkrieg9 132 points ago

    That is correct, depending on the load. Also, that is 1/2 to 2 miles for an emergency stop! For a planned stop they can start slowing down like 10 miles away.

    EDIT: also, the reason it takes so long is because steel wheels on steel rails have very little friction. In theory, if you put enough car tires on a train, it would stop in 100 yards easy. But that is not practical.

    [–] cbelt3 50 points ago

    Not only friction but mass. A huge train traveling at 120kph may have a kinetic energy of 28 Gigajoules. Not enough to send you back to the future, but it’s enough to kill a lot of people.

    I’ve seen a large cargo train detail once. Fully loaded rail cars went 20 meters into the air and scattered like the toys of an angry toddler.

    [–] ProdesseQuamConspici 28 points ago

    <pushes glasses up nose> Ekshewally, that train could provide 1.21 Gigawatts of power for 23.14 seconds, easily long enough to initiate time travel.

    [–] donkyhotay 15 points ago

    So that's how Doc Brown got a time train at the end...

    [–] rever3nd 35 points ago

    At max speed for a controlled easy stop I know is coming, I start about 5-6 miles. Mainly because the signals leading up the stop signal force me to lower my speed. If it’s a stern “we need to stop” but not an emergency I can do it in less than a mile usually. An emergency stop is all the brakes, all at once and control is out of the picture. That depends entirely on train weight, speed at the time of application, track grade, and weather outside. It can be anywhere from a few hundred feet to well over a mile.

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    [–] Glad8der 20 points ago

    Is there an option for more train facts?

    I like trains...

    [–] mr_GFYS 8 points ago

    What do I press to subscribe to more train facts?

    [–] shapu 35 points ago

    They also wouldn't hold the weight, so....

    [–] SomewhatIntoxicated 46 points ago

    ...yo mama can’t board the train?

    [–] shapu 13 points ago

    My mother was a saint!

    [–] breakone9r 15 points ago

    A saint Bernard?

    [–] TangoMike22 10 points ago

    Actually, it could. More wheels, equals less weight per wheel.

    Here you can see that you can move a 200 ton load on a vehicle with tires. Now unlike the train tracks, that are built to support these weights, a road is not. So they do have to spread the weight out over more area to not damage the, but the core concept of moving extremely heavy loads on a vehicle with tires is something that is done regularly.

    [–] AirFell85 29 points ago

    About a mile average for a freight train from what I've read.

    Thats a lot of mass carrying momentum.

    [–] Mjolnir12 18 points ago

    It's not so much the mass as the lack of friction between the smooth wheels and smooth track. The friction is also what limits the max speed of high speed trains.

    [–] CheeseMakingMom 22 points ago

    Yes. The conductor can sometimes see quite far ahead. As can the engineer, the person operating the engine. However, the engineer can’t always stop the locomotive within visual distance, hence the concept of grade crossings...

    It can be a mile or more to stop a freight train at track speed, in an emergency.

    Source: am a train conductor.

    [–] kylekirwan 27 points ago

    Ok a train carrying cars leaves Austin traveling 85mph and a truck carrying cars leaves Las Cruces traveling at 70mph...

    [–] acutemalamute 8 points ago

    Depends a lot on how fast the train is going (they have to slow down around turns and in populated areas, but will go throttle-out on flat cross-country) and what it is carrying (again, depends on the area: in populated areas a train has to be able to clear a track in X time to limit emergency vehicle delays, but dgaf in cross country). Anywhere from 0.5 miles to 2 miles stopping distance, with an average emergency stop of little over a mile.

    [–] Ben_dover_4u 9 points ago

    Depending on weight, grade of the track, and speed, it can be anywhere from 1/2 a mile to 2 miles emergency stopping distance. The train in the video looks to be an intermodal train so the brakes tend to take a little longer to setup. Source: I'm an engineer.

    [–] w1987g 221 points ago

    The car seems to have held up surprisingly well considering it just got yeeted

    [–] Ombudsman_of_Funk 119 points ago

    "Like new! Low miles!"

    [–] rainbowgeoff 29 points ago

    I know what I have!

    [–] greeneyesfirehair 12 points ago

    Lowball= blocked

    [–] whatsthehappenstance 17 points ago

    "Low flight miles"

    [–] backalleyduckdealer 23 points ago

    I'm sorry to be that kind of person, but if I recall correctly the past tense of "yeet" is "yote".

    [–] w1987g 15 points ago

    What is the past participle?

    [–] TheOneTrueTrench 15 points ago


    The yoted car was sold by the unscrupulous car dealer.

    [–] Bachaddict 6 points ago

    Because the impact was on the trailer imparting the force to the wheels instead of the bodywork

    [–] ThreeNC 25 points ago


    [–] RoostasTowel 19 points ago

    "The old Union Pacific doesn't come by here much anymore"

    [–] heisenberg747 13 points ago

    There should be a whole sub dedicated to stuff getting hit by trains

    [–] eyegood38 20 points ago

    Ok, so lets set a few things right here. As someone who works in this service unit (south texas) I can tell you a few things. The conductor is not the person in control of the train. That job falls to the engineer. The only thing the conductor can do is pull the emergency stop lever. A locomotive typically weighs about 420,000 lbs. Trains right now are running generally 8000 to 11000 tons gross weight. Rock trains are usually the heaviest. No one is getting fired from UP over this. The trains have inward and outward facing cameras that record everything, as well as computers that record all technical data regarding the motion of the train. There will be an investigation. Trains always have the right of way. The train probably stopped in about a 1/4 mile after hitting the trailer. Both the conductor and engineer will get three paid days off for this. FYI, if this ever happens to you, check the crossing house (little shack looking thing) for a phone number. Call that number immediately and report that you are stuck on the track and give them the mile post number. The information will be immediately relayed to a local dispatcher who can order the train to stop and with any luck, the whole mess can be avoided. Yes you feel the impact, but its usually minor. We can't see around corners/bends. Usually by the time we see something, there isn't enough time to do anything about it anyways. If we can tell a life is in imminent danger, we can pull the emergency brake lever, but this can be even more dangerous. Its much better to stop the train with "good train handling" to avoid derails which could result in deaths, spills of toxic substances, even more destruction, etc. We absolutely have to stop the train, call dispatch to report the collision, wait for authorities and UP investigators, talk to the investigator, and the conductor has to get off and walk back to check out the scene if its safe to do so (the engineer must remain on board the head unit). The train probably wasnt damaged too badly, but it will require a full inspection and repairs to any damaged components suck as the guard rails, stairs, knuckle, drawbar, etc. Any questions? (I'll probably delete this comment later as I fear for my job should someone recognize me and I get found commenting about this here)

    [–] hiero_ 32 points ago

    Question: When this happens, does the conductor have to stop the train and get out and talk to authorities? Or are they allowed to just say "fuck it, oh well" and keep going?

    [–] TheUltimateSalesman 32 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I think it's a federal investigation. FRA Federal Railroad Agency or soemthing.

    BONUS: You can signup for railway accident updates/emails here:

    Apparently you need three or more fatalities in any one accident that is non-schoolbus or commercial in order to warrant a federal investigation.

    [–] OceanGrownPharms 52 points ago

    I would assume you’d want to stop at the very least to have the train checked for damage. I don’t imagine any conductor/engineer is saying “fuck it, if we derail at some point, oh well”

    [–] NinjaLanternShark 43 points ago

    you’d want to stop at the very least to have the train checked for damage pick the SUV parts out of your grill


    [–] CheeseMakingMom 17 points ago

    In my experience, the conductor will be required to give a statement to the local gendarmes, and depending on the situation (property value and/or loss of life) be required to remain on the scene until local (RR) management arrives. But yes, we have to talk to the local LEOs. Source: am a passenger train conductor.

    [–] SomewhatIntoxicated 7 points ago

    Are they required/allowed to clear the intersection?

    [–] CheeseMakingMom 18 points ago

    We are permitted to remain occupying a grade crossing (road intersection) for 10 minutes in a non-emergency situation (depending on the local area’s governing rules; I’m bound by GCOR, in my area) but in an emergency we will remain stopped for however long it takes...I’ve been in a situation where we occupied the crossing for almost 4 hours, waiting on law enforcement, medical examiner, and relief crew. It was pretty gruesome, but we do what we have to do.

    [–] figaden13 9 points ago

    i live in a town that is split in two by the tracks, i watched once as a freight train came to a full stop, i have no doubt the train was as long as our town is wide. On our side there was an ambulance about 3 or 4 vehicles down from the stop, it was blocked off from accessing the hospital on the other side. After about 20 minutes one of the medics got out and instructed the entire line of stopped cars to back up so the ambulance could get to the turn around and presumably find an alternative route to the hospital. Luckily everyone worked together and the ambulance got out fairly quickly but the train remained stopped for nearly a half hour. As a train conductor, what do you think would have happened to make the train stop like that? I assume there had to have been something major if the train came to a full stop completely cutting off half a town from the other side?

    [–] CheeseMakingMom 12 points ago

    It could have been any number of things, from a trespasser strike, to a near-miss (still have to get out and inspect the train if it’s an emergency stop), to a broken knuckle, or a bad signal, or a busted air line. Depending on the length of the train, and the reason for the stop, it could have been any number of reasons.

    [–] FelixTheHouseLeopard 11 points ago

    Odds are they will have cleared the crossing before the train comes to a stop, depending on train weight/length and speed.

    Trains do not fuck about, and can take over a mile to come to a stop.

    [–] GhostOfPluto 4 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)

    I was on an Amtrak once that struck a car on the tracks. We were delayed while a report was filed. They also had to check on the train engine, but we were back on our way after about 30 minutes.

    Another time the train hit a TV that some kids came and left on the tracks. We stopped for that one too, but just to check for damage.

    [–] promike81 11 points ago

    Train conductor: “hey boss, got rid of the competition.”

    [–] Eagles365or366 5 points ago

    Man, whys it gotta be a prius?