TrainmanKight wrote:The wire your talking about is a bond wire for the track circuit fyi
TrainmanKight wrote:cabman701 wrote:So I have to admit... once I did tamper with a crossing wire. In my defense, I was only 7 or 8 years old. It was the crossing next to my grandmother's house (which is one of the signals pictured in my avatar)... but at the time they were 8 inch lights and no gates. This was back in the late 70's.
The crossing had been malfunctioning the whole day I was there... the lights were stuck on. At the time, the crossing had no bell, so it wasn't really a nuisance except that she lived on a rather busy street and cars were sometimes stopping and waiting even though there was no train in either direction. This of course pissed off the people behind them to the point they would start honking their horns to get the other cars to go.
Like the kid in the above video... I got a bit curious and walked around a bit to see what might have been going on. I noticed that one of the wires had come completely off of the track... like the weld broke or something. So, I grabbed the wire and tried to put it back in place the best I could. I must have got it on the right spot because the lights shut off! I felt like I was superman or something. I wanted to tell my parents so bad what I had accomplished, but was afraid I would get in big trouble for messing with it.
About an hour or so later a train came. I did have that brief moment of panic that I screwed something up and maybe the lights would not come on at all and somebody would die. Thankfully... they came on like they were supposed to, but the train knocked that wire back off... so of course once the train passed the lights stayed on again.
By then it was almost dark and time for us to go home and we left. Not sure how much longer it took for the signal maintainer to come out and fix it.
The wire your talking about is a bond wire for the track circuit fyi
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