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Plus the crew is properly flagging the crossing.

BTW: Exempt definition from the Washington Utilities and Transpotation Commission website.  Other states appear to have similar definitions.

"Exempt signs are intended to inform drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting passengers or hazardous materials that a stop is not required at certain designated railroad crossings, except when rail traffic is approaching or occupying the crossing or the driver's view is blocked."

(Google is our friend.)


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What I got out of this was an interesting little shortline railroad that I had never heard of before that also operates a dinner train. Might be an interesting basis for someone wanting to do some Michigan train layouts. A holding company with five (very) short lines, including one with the interesting reporting mark of JAIL. Learn something every day 

I didn't see any humor in it, either.

However, I'm impressed the crew did everything right.

I can understand why the hogger is easing the engine along. (Such as soft ties, soft roadbed and other likely concerns.)

And, seeing as that is an exempt crossing, and seeing as it doesn't see much rail traffic, I can fully understand strict adherence to the rules concerning flagging crossings.

In all, I thought all the hands involved did a pretty stinkin' good job.


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Great livery color scheme.  Exempt crossing or not, I too agree w/ the comments as to the crew's fine performance.  Maybe it's the RR line's std. operating and safety procedures to treat all crossings as if they were regular crossings.  Doing so would likely promote good practice consistently throughout their system.

Was the perceived humor somewhere in the vein of, "how many X does it take to change a light bulb?"

@MartyE posted:

Wow it is bothering you all that much? 

Who stated that it is "bothering" anybody? Virtually everybody has been trying to find out exactly what is the "funny" part.

Maybe because the engine is coming out of the "parking lot"? 

OK, good point, however nobody has yet thought THAT was "funny".

Who knows but different folks find humor in different things. It was still a pretty interesting video to share.  Comments like these will certainly cause good people to go other places.

Which "comments", and which "good people"????


@MartyE posted:

Wow it is bothering you all that much?  Maybe because the engine is coming out of the "parking lot"?  Who knows but different folks find humor in different things. 

To add to what Hotwater said. As far as my comment is concerned. I had no malicious intent, not that there wasn't anything funny, but rather thought I was missing the joke, and was inquiring that maybe the O.P could point it out.

I liked the video.  It's always refreshing to see a largely unmodified first generation geep, well-kept and in service.  And the employees properly flagged the crossing.  

However, the tall fellow who was standing in the center of the end platform in the direction of movement, in the cross-over gap of the handrail (which did not have a chain across it), as the engine was moving toward the crossing, caused me to wonder if he regularly does that.  I've been retired for 13 years, but I can't stop looking out for the safety of others.

Exempt crossings do not require passenger buses or trucks carrying hazardous cargo to stop before crossing.  As a result, flagging is normally required.  There is some benefit to the railroad to petition the state to declare certain seldom-used crossings exempt.

It's interesting that they used a street light post as the mast for the crossbuck.  Also, it's mildly surprising that they would name of a Michigan parking lot in honor of Caesar Chavez, whom I associate with migrant farm workers using short-handled hoes in the central valley of California.

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@Moonman posted:

What is the title of the video?

Can an engine alone generate revenue for a railroad?

Not in any way that I can see.  However the light engine may have been part of a round trip on the spur.

Maybe the engine had previously moved a couple of cars in the opposite direction and spotted them for unloading.  (?)

I'm skeptical about the allegation that the track had not been used for a long time.  Usually weeds take over when track is unused for long periods.  They could have run a weed sprayer, though, if there was still a customer who was paying for his track connection.

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