Level crossings that are still manned but with lights, bells and booms

 
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

So they push the flimsy little skirt to the side (remember that photo with the one broken by the wind?) or just go over instead.

It is still dependent on them choosing to obey the instruction, not on a physical barrier.

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  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
I didn't think it was possible to push the skirt to the side, they should be designed to prevent that. Also, I checked the photos and saw no description of the material of the barrier skirts, maybe they could be made of a stronger material. It is certainly possible to make gates or barriers strong enough to withstand a pedestrian, or maybe even a bike.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

That's how the skirts work, they just dangle there so they fold back against the boom when it is raised to the vertical.

Were they to be made much heavier, they would no longer satisfy the requirements for the event of a vehicle impact (to break off cleanly, and to not damage the vehicle so badly that it is halted on the crossing) and the mechanism for lowering the boom would need to be replaced.

Once again, they are only designed to present a visual instruction, not a physical obstacle.

You are completely misunderstanding the reasoning behind the design.
  DALEK Locomotive Fireman
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
I still wonder if the reasons for replacing the hand gates and interlocked gates may have anything to do with the prevalence of level crossings and how busy some of them get:

  • The length of the gates was enough for two-lane roads.
  • Maybe the long closure time was hardly an issue where road traffic was lighter.

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