57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1455 times:
Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 3):
It could've scared the moose!!! Can't have that can we now?
Sometimes scaring the animal will cause it to freeze up. I've seen that myself in my time working for the railroad. Bearing down on a crossing and repeatedly sounding the whistle will often cause motorists to hesitate as well.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
Quoting 57AZ (Reply 4): Sometimes scaring the animal will cause it to freeze up. I've seen that myself in my time working for the railroad. Bearing down on a crossing and repeatedly sounding the whistle will often cause motorists to hesitate as well.
Yes I agree but the moose in this case didn't freeze up.
And I am only commenting here coz I had this weird experience myself. While driving in Oregon at night, a deer just felt like taking its chances against the SUV I was driving. Luckily I was able to come to a full stop as it stood right in the path I would have taken, I didn't blast the horn at all, might have just flicked the headlights. To my amazement it started running exactly on the road ahead of me like the moose in the video, and it just kept going. I actually had to overtake it as it never seemed to have the slighest intention of taking a step aside as it ran and I waited for more than what I thought was reasonable time for it to figure out something other than running on that open road in a straight line as compared to bushes and trees steps away on the side. At that time I thought maybe my headlights in the darkness might have something to do with it, looks like not as much as I thought.
Francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3746 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1410 times:
Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 1): Queue the PETA flamethrowers in 3... 2... 1...
Hi, I'm from PETRE (People for the Ethical Treament of Railway Engines) and I am absolutely shocked at the sight of such disregard for our locomotive friends.
Heavy animals should not throw themselves at Engines in such fashion. It could engender slight cosmetic deterioration and discolorations on the face of the train with all the associated emotional damage.
In light of this outrage we at PETRE demand the immediate extermination of all mooses, deers, buffalos, bears and other heavy animals that recklessly commit themselves to those acts of terrorism on our mechanical friends!
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
"A moose is run over by a train in northern BC, Canada. I was the engineer on that train ... blowing the horn makes the moose panic more and they most definitely stay on the track or turn and charge the train. The large amount of snow on the side of the track is another reason the moose stays on the track where it has good footing. The train was about 8000 tons going downhill, no chance to stop in time! It would take at least a 1/2 mile to stop."