The track approaches to the SH-1 overpass are in open country, and on a downgrade towards the rail junction town of Marton which, with a roll on makes for extra difficulty in getting the train braked for a RED at Marton if you don't get into it early enough. The train is on this overpass before you know it."
Norfolk Southern's utilitarian approach. This bridge protection system in New Zealand has pizazz ...
I grew curious as to other dangerous clearance railway bridges, and was gobsmacked to find this hair clipper near the Village of Liverpool, just a few miles northwest of Syracuse, New York.
This CSX bridge has an astounding road way clearance of ten feet nine inches (3.27 meters). My van is 6'8", and the Bluebird school bus in this photo is ten foot six, just clearing the bridge by whiskers!
Many vehicles have slammed into this structure. But it took four lives, when a bus crashed into the structure, to force the State of New York to enact rulings pertaining to the passage of motor vehicles on State Route 370, banning commercial vehicles. And installing an infra red detection warning system, similar to the one in Durham, North Carolina.
Ed Note: This rail line was originally the Syracuse Northern Railroad, opening in 1871. Changing names several times, absorbed into the New York Central RR thence eventually becoming C=Chessie, S=Seaboard, X= multiplier, CSX Railroad.]
The test is - do they know the height of the vehicle they are driving, and are they paying attention to the warning systems that confront them.
Do you know of a rail bridge lower than this 10'9"? I'd like to know about it.
See Also: "11 Foot 8"