A quirky crossing

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roee

Active Member
I failed to see the malfunction. Its odd that they have the ped gates go down first, but clearly that is there design of the crossing.
 

tootnkumin

Member
I think the malfunction was the extension on the end of the roadway arm swinging about. At first, I thought it was a support leg for it, but at one part you see it getting pulled up into position and then dropping back down as the main arm gets raised. We've got pedestrian stops as well, here in Brisbane, Australia, but they are swinging gates surrounded by a low cage. Those mini arms would be more expensive to make I think.
 

Bob

Forum Host
Staff member
I agree, not seeing the problem here. Yes, the pedestrian gates came down first. They're timed so that a little old lady can clear the crossing safely. The articulated gates don't seem to be a flaw either, that's how they work. Not sure what the guy who posted the video to Youtube thinks is an issue?
 

tootnkumin

Member
When the video first started, I thought the pedestrian gate was across the driveway of the house and I thought "Wow, someone has to wait for the train, just to drive in and out their driveway".
 

TCJim

Handler and Palm Reader
I wonder if he thinks the second time the auto (articulated) gate comes down is a malfunction. The problem is that the video does not continue on seamlessly from that perspective.

The clue might be in the second clip where the train comes from the opposite direction after the first train.

If you hang out at the Edmonds station area you see this quite often with passenger trains stopping at the station.

The gates ahead of the train will wait for approximately 20 seconds of no movement while the train discharges/boards passengers, after which they go back up. What might be happening in the video is, after the train crosses from the right, ... is another train approaching, and stopping at a station off to the left out of camera view, then starting again before the pedestrian gates respond.

Hmm, we will have to investigate this!
 
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TCJim

Handler and Palm Reader
Just looked on Google Maps, the Newton Road station is actually off to the right. It's the end of the line for the Norfolk "The Tide" light rail line, and is single track.
This might just be a timing issue of two train movements causing the crossing gates to act that way.
 




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