ALCOGG1 wrote:RIP Silas.
I recently visited my aunt in Long Isand, she lives close to the LIRR andToday, third rail would never be used unless the track were thoroughly
I saw the third rail RR running through suburban neighborhoods.
Would this not be more dangerous than catenary since it is so close to the ground?
fenced off. But unfenced third rail was common in the interurban days,
and still survives in some places like Chicago on the Ravenswood line
and Philadelphia on the Norristown line.
In these places the third rail itself is covered by an insulating hood.
This means that simply stepping on the third rail won't cause a current
flow. In order to actually touch the third rail, you have to reach into
the gap between hood and rail. In the old days, this was an acceptable
risk. Nowadays, this situation, along with a lawyer and an idipt,
would result in a hospitalized idiot, a lawyer with a mansion in Aspen
and a bankrupt railroad.
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