Railroad Crossings

Discussion in 'Hazmat Trucking Forum' started by Air Cooled, Mar 21, 2019.

  1. Air Cooled

    Air Cooled Road Train Member

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    ive been hauling hazmat for about 5 years. I recently moved to a new area and took a job hauling fuel again. The guy that trained me did a lot of questionable things such as smoking in the truck, not stopping fully at RR crossings, overloading the truck at the rack etc. I could start a whole thread. Anyways I had two questions...

    I have ALWAYS stopped at ALL RR crossings. Even if the sign says “Exempt”, I still stop. I understand if it says Exempt we are usually good to go. My “trainer” told me if the crossings are in an industrial park, which we frequent, you do NOT need to stop. Another situation we have is that a crossing we frequent have a track that obviously ends into a field. It is no longer a working rail. However, there is NO Exempt sign. I still stop at both. Responses to these two situations?
     
  2. intrepidor

    intrepidor Light Load Member

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    Stop
     
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    cjb logistics Medium Load Member

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    Stop at an exempt and the locals know the rules and you may be rear ended.
    If a track ends it is considered an exempt due to same into a silo, refinery, etc. Read the regs
    Smoking in the cab ( unless you don't), what the hell like that will really hurt anything. Maybe at a plant but not going down the road.
    #### just remembered a spur, no stop.
    Depends on industrial park, if protected by lights overhead, no need to stop, if you need to stop between rails, but still have your ### over a set,,, hammer on. So another words I may stop at first and continue on the remaining, even if they are spaced.
     
  4. slim shady

    slim shady Road Train Member

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    Industrial parks(Feeder rails) no need to stop, Its in the FMCSA green book.
    But I always stop anyways, even exempt crossings.
    I figure stopping is easier than trying to explain it Johnny law. just a good habit to have.
    I believe if your caught running a crossing with Hazmat there's a suspension Involved 1st time 90 days?
     
  5. Air Cooled

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    I’m not sure, I’ll just continue to stop. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I don’t stop at an Exempt, I don’t stop if it’s paved over, and I don’t stop if it’s a spur that I can see is disconnected.
     
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    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    IIRC you’re not supposed to if you’re placarded. I do it anyway though.
     
  8. x1Heavy

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    Keep in mind we are coming off harvest and any length of rail, even if it is not in use makes for a good storage site.

    We usually stopped. when you are raised near the Amtrak Line in the Corridor where whispering death is approaching at upwards of 150 you do well to double check.

    To this day I don't know why we lumber along at 150 wasting time when everyone else has breached 300 long ago and is aiming for 400+ statue miles a hour service in competition with short haul airliners.
     
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  9. wis bang

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    Before they tore down the Ford plant in Edison, there was a rail line crossing route one that was marked exempt as soon as Ford stopped shipping and receiving by rail due to the immense traffic volumes.

    Exempt is Exempt; easier to fight a ticket than deal with harry the hapless commuter burred under the back!

    Industrial areas are also considered exempt. Some chemical plants have so many crossings inside and outside that traffic wouldn't move if everyone had to stop at each one....
     
  10. Air Cooled

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    When I’m in an industrial park, is it wrong for me to make a nice long full stop anyway for that nice commuter that’s been riding my ### the whole time in there?
     
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