I had to go out at lunchtime today. So, on the way back, I got stopped at a railroad crossing. Gates were down, no train in sight or within earshot.
A couple of minutes go by, and then this truck toodles on by on the track:
30 seconds later, another one goes by. (I snapped a picture of that one too, but my phone rebooted during the saving of it, for some reason.. that sometimes happens. So, you only get one pic for your enjoyment. Sorry.)
The truck did have special wheels to latch on to the track, in addition to its tires. I'm sure that was a cool automotive engineering project. (had to have been)
A couple of more minutes go by, and then the gates finally go up. No big deal, I'm certainly not in a big rush to get back.
During all of this though, the traffic has backed up. People are getting out of line, turning around, zooming off.
Do they really think they're going to get anywhere faster than just sitting there and waiting for the gates? Is going miles out of the way really going to do something for you? I doubt the train is 5 miles long or anything.
I think it would be an interesting psychology study. If some psych student is looking for a dissertation topic, I suggest it. I think it would be interesting and amusing. Let me know what you find out along the way.
Ah well. Back to it.