As I travelled across Russia by train there was an interesting feature at every level crossing we passed through – massive steel plates that lifted out of the roadway, preventing cars from driving around the boom gates.
Some level crossings also had a gatehouse located alongside.
With a gatekeeper on duty.
Ready to wave ‘all clear’ to the train as it passed by.
But even steel plates aren’t enough of a deterrent to some motorists who want to race across the tracks.
And unfortunately they wont protect you if the level crossing suffers a ‘wrong side’ failure, and doesn’t trigger for an approaching train.
Level crossing in Russia. pic.twitter.com/CuK3XFbRpa
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Ukraine’s ‘railroad ladies’ – in pictures by Sasha Maslov.