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Another reason for these barriers- for the partially blind, who can still sense light and darkness, may mistake these gaps as a door opening. Recently a disabled woman fell between two cab cars coupled face to face on the JR Kobe Line, and died.
The miscreant may actually have a valid ticket to ride, but in an alcoholic haze, or a sudden loss of rational thought (for example, after just missing the train) he may be tempted to wedge himself in that space. As far as impalement, there is a reason there are copious amounts of warning lines...
Eja is correct, these devices are also used to keep riders (typically drunkards) from hitching a ride al fresco. It has happened in the Kansai area, which is considred by some to have more idiots than Tokyo.
Nice picture, thought it was a European location at first glance. The angled building adds some balance and character to the shot, IMO. BTW-kudos to Seattle for choosing that distinctive orange paint scheme!
Lucky kid. One of the great places to watch trains in SoCal. Spent quite a few Saturdays there back when I was in college(before the place was renovated and when "proper" AT&SF warbonnets were the norm). One of the few places in the Southland where you can ride a train in, see a...
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