November 7th, 2014

Beware of Trains

Near Miss in Fernley

This morning, the Union Pacific local (the "Fernley Flyer") was heading east down Fernley siding when I heard its horn sound repeatedly. Soon thereafter, over the scanner, I heard them trying to raise the dispatcher (without success). They then called Amtrak #5, which was at the time between five and ten miles east of Fernley heading west at around 70 MPH. When the engineer of #5 answered, the crew of the Flyer told them, "Better take it easy coming into Fernley. There's a woman here trying to kill herself."

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I didn't hear the rest of the story (we're having trouble with the scanner), but for the rest of the day, most of the trains coming through Fernley did so sounding their horns liberally.