[Tweeters] Swallow-tailed Gull Pursuit - railroad tracks

Bill Anderson billandersonbic at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 5 18:09:13 PDT 2017

Many of the passenger trains (Sounders and Cascades) running between Seattle and Everett have the engine on the end of the train, so one may not hear the train until it is on top of you.   Passenger trains travel 60mph through that area and they cannot stop quickly like automobiles.
 Bill Anderson; Edmonds, WA. USA

From: Jane Hadley <hadleyj1725 at gmail.com>
To: "Tweeters, Dear" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:12 PM
Subject: [Tweeters] Swallow-tailed Gull Pursuit - railroad tracks

Hello All - Please do be very careful if you are crossing BNSF railroad tracks to get to the beach and give strong consideration to not doing it. It might look easy to do, but a surprising number of people are killed on railroad tracks. Years ago I was a reporter and reported on the death of a young woman on the railroad tracks in the Richmond Beach area. I remember being very surprised by the number of deaths there. I imagine it's even worse now because the train traffic has increased. A 2017 Seattle Times article published in July said that there had already been 10 people (in 10 separate incidents) killed on BNSF tracks in Washington State in 2017. My recollection is that the accidents often occur because people might hear a train, look in one direction for it and see it, but another train coming from the other direction kills them. So the lesson would be to always look in BOTH directions and make sure of your footing as you cross. Do not think that because you don't hear a train that there is no train. There are several reasons you might not hear a train, yet the train is there and can almost never stop in time to avoid the collision.
Jane Hadley Seattle, WA

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