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Last Clear Chance, Documentary, 1959 IMDB

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Kooshmeister US

2009-07-29 18:12

Documentary about road safety, spoofed by MST3K (which is where I got the "placeholder" screenshots from).

rjluna2 US

2009-07-29 19:03

That explains why there are so many new cars at the time of filming.

Ddey65 US

2015-03-15 18:50

Made by Union Pacific Railroad, as you can probably tell:
[Image: lastclearchanceuppassengertrain.jpg][Image: uplastclearchancetitlecard.jpg]
Internet Archives has a copy without the MST3K placeholders:
https://archive.org/details/0845_Last_Clear_Chance_The_08_29_26_00

-- Last edit: 2015-03-15 19:00:47

jpts AU

2021-06-21 06:50

This documentary mainly focuses on road safety in relation to railway crossings and the correct ways of approaching them, especially in particular rural areas, the lessons on how to approach railway crossings safely include:

Crossing signal setup - While most crossings in rural areas are fitted with the required visual and audible warnings (red lights and bell), some crossings are fitted with the simple crossbuck signs, when approaching crossings that are displaying the signals warning that a train is approaching, stop and wait for the train to pass through and then wait for the signals to stop displaying, before proceeding to cross.

In cases of approaching crossings fitted with the crossbuck signs, stop and look both ways before proceeding across.

Approaching crossings with two tracks - While most railway crossings have a single track, some will have two tracks, when stopped at a crossing that has two tracks where a train had just pass through, don't cross straight away, check the other track as there may be another train travelling in the opposite direction on the other track.

Approaching crossings at night-time - Approaching railway crossings at night-time are different than approaching the crossings in the day-time, while the crossings at night are located at the same spot as in the day-time, take extra care when approaching the crossings at night as night-time vision is limited by the vehicle's headlights as some parts in rural areas are unlit at night.

The only signs that can help drivers when it comes approaching railway crossings at night are the circular RXR signs that are placed ahead of the actual crossings themselves.

Approaching crossings at the same time as the train - When seeing a train approaching a crossing, don't try and beat the train across, the speed of the approaching train are hard to judge as some trains travelling especially in the rural areas are either the fast moving freight or express passenger services, operating in accordance with their schedule.

Trains are not like road vehicles, they run on rails and can't swerve like a road vehicle, even when a train does apply its brakes, based on their speed and the weight from the carriages and wagons theyre hauling, they wont be able to stop in time.

Approaching crossings for commercial drivers - For commercial drivers, it is required by law for operators of commercial vehicles (eg. Buses, semi-trailers etc.) to stop at all crossings regardless whether a train is approaching or not and look both ways before proceeding across.

-- Last edit: 2022-06-21 07:28:55

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