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Dear Larry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_crossing

Do you feel Automated Level / Railroad Crossings (i.e. Without Manual Intervention) of opening /closing gates have an edge over manual railroad systems in terms of prevention of pedestrian accidents,collisions of vehicles with trains i.e. safety measures ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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In my 70 years, I have never seen a manually operated crossing anywhere in the United States.  Where I live in the Hudson Valley, about 40 miles north of New York City, the last manually operated crossing that I have seen photos of was in 1946!

I really believe that automated crossings, if properly installed, are far safer than any manually operated one.  One obvious reason is that human beings are fallible and a manually operated  crossing adds an additional layer of complexity and timing problems for the simple reason that the manually operated ones need to have the crossing attendant respond to a signal that a train is approaching.  That function is completely eliminated with an automated crossing.

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Larry Weinberg

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I can answer many questions regarding N scale model railroading in general as well as questions about the NY Central System, especially questions about the N scale models of their passenger and freight cars.

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I have been a model railroader since 1949 and have been an N scale modeler since 1971. I have an extensive N scale collection as well as an extensive model and prototype library to consult.

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I am a member of about two dozen online forums covering N scale model railroading and the New York Central System. I am a member of the Northern Westchester Model Railroad Club.

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College graduate/Retired.

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