Tas. grade crossing

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Tas. grade crossing

Post by James » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:31 pm

While browsing through google street view, I noticed a peculiar sort of fencing on a grade crossing in Tasmania outside Launceston. If the link feature works as advertised, this should link to it: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=-41. ... 46,,0,15.4

If the link doesn't work, the fencing is arranged in a sort of T pattern, not unlike what I'd expect to see in a bank queue. What exactly is this device for--does it serve a purpose specific to this individual grade crossing? It certainly isn't very common; that's the first such fencing arrangement I've seen after going through many dozens of grade crossings for the state.

The Tasmanian railway network is noteworthy as providing one of the rare examples of the narrow gauge proving victorious over a broad gauge. The Launceston & Western, originally built to a 5 foot 3 gauge, was forced to slim down to 3 foot 6 during the 1880's so as to work with the rest of the state network.

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Re: Tas. grade crossing

Post by Curtis Reid » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:54 pm

To slow down bikes / runners / horses and force them to look for an oncoming train?

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Re: Tas. grade crossing

Post by Randy Hees » Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:01 pm

Taz, small camera 049.JPG
Taken in March 2013
From near Burniey Taz last month...
In town, the railway ran along the public beach... well fenced and thought out.

Randy Hees

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