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    RXR Crossing Woes

    While having lived near the main rail artery between Chicago & L.A. since 1978, Iíve had issues for years about Carman Road crossing. Iíve emailed my state rep, talked with the County Mounties, BNSF Security, written letters to the news rags, all to no avail. Iíve seen many incidents take place, but the topper are the hazardous material semis blowing through the rail crossing on a routine basis.

    Finally I tried parking my car facing the rail crossing overnight with its dash cam running. I snagged a liquid anhydrous bottle truck and two separate 11,000 gallon gas haulers between the hours of 4&6 a.m.

    Next day I drove to Oquawka and had show & tell with one of the Deputy Sheriffs. Following day, every truck pulled their flashers for 300 yards and geared down Ďtil they made a complete stop, before proceeding to cross. Let's see how long this lasts.


    I need to find a 110 charger to run an extra dash cam I have. I can mount it onto the shop and run it constantly... or maybe just a piece of rain gutter that just looks like a camera. And maybe I should be drawing a check from Henderson County for doing their labors.

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    Is that the line that follows the former U.S. 66?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    Is that the line that follows the former U.S. 66?
    Yes & no. Here's a mapped route.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomax View Post
    Yes & no. Here's a mapped route.


    Ah, okay. I think that's the old Southwest Chief line, cutting through Kansas. It looks like it goes right through Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (the "SF" that makes up BNSF").
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    The original A.T. & S.F. RRCY did indeed follow the old Route 66. Chicago to Los Angeles. It was billed as the longest dual track mainline in the USA. I was a land surveyor (construction engineer) for them late 1968-late 1971. Line changes were made over the years to take them around smaller towns and to reduce grades and curves as modern earth moving equipment and explosives made those costs of efficiency more reasonable.

    I saw a lot of changes in the short three years I was with the company and all were positive changes. We had a hotshot train that could make it from Chicago to L.A. in 24 hours often exceeding speeds of 110 m.p.h. which was unheard of for such a long dual main line railroad.

    I saw the introduction of Piggy Back transportation by making sure all signals had proper clearances of all the signals.

    I saw a lot in only 3 years, but enough to convince me not to ever criticize any pending railroading cases.
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    A follow up to a thread I forgot about:

    Carman crossing passes over two main rails and a spur that once served Peoria. The rails cross Carman Road at a 45 degree angle. My house is about 130 yds. from the crossing.

    At first I just parked my car out front and hooked the cam up to a lawnmower battery, running it overnight. I snagged six fuel haulers of two different carriers, one LP hauler and two anhydrous rigs blow through during the wee hours. I could only identify the two fuel carriers. The others got away because of low light and a lack of markings on their rigs.

    Sheriff's office talked the owner of one carrier. His drivers now come to a complete halt. The other fuel hauler stopped coming by my house all together. Still, many more violators are getting away.

    I've tried using dashcam wire tied to my shop, but with limited success. The cheap Cobra unit I used, is old, doesn't work well in low light and I can only get five hours of video loop out of it.

    I need an all weather camera, one that can do a 24hr. video loop. Something that delivers a sharp pic in low light. There was a neat looking surveillance camera down at the cell phone store, but I'm too cheap to go that route.

    Any suggestions?
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    I'm surprised they aren't out there writing tickets. Sounds like a gold mine. I know the Texas DPS would be, they live for that stuff.
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    Contact the local news stations, they tend to like exposing these kind of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    Ah, okay. I think that's the old Southwest Chief line, cutting through Kansas. It looks like it goes right through Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (the "SF" that makes up BNSF").
    I thought the 'Chief' lines ran from Chicago, thru KC and then thru Topeka and on...
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