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"After presenting in Den Haag, Netherlands, my good friend Vincent joined me
for a photo in front of the Central Station. The next day, Management
allowed me to ride with him to Venlo (near the German Border) returning to
Den Haag. I'd like to thank the Dutch Railway (NS) for the opportunity to
see their operations from the cab of a Sneltrain. After reducing our speed
to comply to signal indication, going into a turnout at 130kph is a thrill
to say the least, an experience I won't soon forget. I look forward to
riding the High Speed Trains which will be completed in 2007..."

 



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BNSF 750-1 - Both Canadian or American participants can learn from Tom's Story, because it doesn't matter what colour or color a train is when it crashes into a motor vehicle at a railway crossing. This photo was taken from the Crossing Safely "American" Presentation.



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 A good friend from Holland took this picture of a "Heavy" Potash Train. A 673 usually has 124 cars with 3 locomotives, 2 on the head end and 1 remote placed about half way back in the train. A train such as this outweighs a school bus 2213 times. Yes, you read this correctly, 2213 times heavier.

 


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The remains of a Tractor/Trailer crash east of Saskatoon, train speed of 45mph. Nothing but the truck's frame and the two trailers remained on the north side of the crossing.


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"Road Grader Operators seem to go through life with their head down. You know what I mean, they are focused on the job (blade) below their cab and need to see where their going. Tom's message to all participants is to keep your head up and look where you're going in life. That's the responsibility of the operator of any motor vehicle. The largest surface vehicle on earth can be a train, yet 3,577 times last year across North America there were people that were involved in a incident with a train."



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"Seems innocent enough, but in 2001, 66% of incidents in Saskatchewan occurred at PROTECTED CROSSING, just like this one. A Protected Crossing is a crossing that has a Flagman or Flashing Red Lights and a Bell. Across North America it's about 50% of the time, hard to believe isnít it???
 


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"Railways like Amtrak, VIA, CP, NS, UP, CN and BNSF (to name a few) have placed reflector tape on their locomotives and refurbished cars. For example, a Norfolk Southern locomotive has it's white stripes and lettering reflectorized for drivers to see them at night even though the car body is painted black. 3m's Diamond Grade reflector tape is used on crossbucks in both countries. It doesn't matter how much tape is used or the car body colour if the motorist doesn't look. I still wonder if people think the courts can fix everything after a train crashes through their life and their motor vehicle, please don't you be one of those"



"I'd like to personally thank every Law Enforcement Officer across North America for assisting our Locomotive Engineers, Conductors and other Train Crew Members in the aftermath of a road/rail crash. We may not show our appreciation during the event, but be rest assured we are relieved to see you come to our aid. Thank you for your understanding, concern and professional manner as you complete the tasks required during the line of duty. We salute each and every one of you in both our countries..."

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