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originally posted by: Charizard
I've always wonder how people (in most circumstances) manage to get hit by a train. I used to hang around the railroad tracks all the time as a kid...you can see and hear them coming from a very far distance. I just don't understand how you can actually get hit by one unless you're:
A. Being an idiot and trying to drive across the tracks to beat the train
B. Committing suicide
C. Tied to the tracks by a curly-mustachioed villain in a cape and top hat.
Sad, but you'd think people would know better..
originally posted by: miniatus
originally posted by: stormbringer1701
i am not a conspiracy nut and i don't doubt it happened as described ...but most active tracks i have ever seen (make that all of them i have seen) have no rust on the upper portion that makes contact with the wheels. why are those tracks in the picture in the op rusty on top? in my experience a track that sees regular use will be kind of shiny on top and not rusty.
The videos we see aren't necessarily the same as what he was killed on.. And sometimes trains aren't active that often, there's a track that runs not that far behind my house but it can literally go months without use.
They also have a special train car that they run occasionally if it's been a while that they run specifically to clear the rails of rust if it's too badly rusted... it used to be a much more active line, running cargo 3-4 times a week.. but it sees MUCH less use these days.
on the southbound track of the Burbank Metrolink station