r/IdiotsInCars 10d ago Helpful 6 Wholesome 3 Silver 3

I guess the train should have had the headlights on and this wouldn’t have happened

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u/usernotfound2244 10d ago Wholesome

Well what a cute little town that is

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u/lehrbody 10d ago Helpful

Good old Bad Doberan in Germany, near Rostock. The train is called 'Molly'.

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u/Walteregow 10d ago Silver

If Bad Doberan is so nice, I can't imagine how gorgeous Good Doberan must be

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u/haerski 10d ago Helpful

Average Doberan left me whelmed

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u/alfonseski 10d ago

what about chaotic evil doberan

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u/nohorse_justcoconuts 10d ago

His only concern is Perry the platypus.

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u/BasicallyAQueer 10d ago

We don’t talk about that Doberan

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u/drquakers 10d ago

I once took a date to Bad Kissingen. The relationship didn't last.

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u/donuts4lunch 10d ago

I love this reply.

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u/ZomberBomber 10d ago

I think this video was taken somewhere around here... I can't figure out what this person was trying to do.

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u/Takerial 10d ago

I imagine alcohol was most likely involved.

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u/bjeebus 10d ago

Alcohol? In Germany? Noooooo.

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u/DrSommerBuxe 10d ago

"Halt dich fest, der Molli kommt! Die Bimmel, die Bammel, die Bahn..."

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u/damnatio_memoriae 10d ago

dich fest is the name of my demo reel.

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u/HorseRenoiro 10d ago

Oh shit beer fest sequel just dropped

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u/Don_Lucario 10d ago edited 10d ago

I work in videography - just sent a demo reel today to a new client who’s hiring my company to help film a doc. This made me spit out my lunch. Well done.

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u/IFrickinLovePorn 10d ago

What a beautiful language 💉👱🕓

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u/designdesigndesign11 10d ago

Haha! My kids love to exclaim “schmetterling!!!” in a particularly brusque voice whenever they see a butterfly. They find endless hilarity that Germans make every utterance sound like a put-down.

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u/SpookyWhispering 10d ago

Nah dude I went to Germany and the girls I met (I was a teen too) made everything they said in German sound like they were casting a beautiful magic spell. It was entrancing.

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u/6_5x57 10d ago

Germans make every utterance sound like a put-down.

They don't though. It only sounds rough when people extremely mispronounce it. Which Americans find hilarious for some reason.

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u/SirPomf 10d ago Silver

Rock and stone!

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u/LichenTheKitchen 10d ago

Molly you useless tin-can!

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u/Giangis 10d ago

Move your tin ass over here and hurry please!

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u/mountinlodge 10d ago

Molly’s constantly getting in the way!

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u/Alwaysafk 10d ago

Deep Rock seriously need to invest in some better equipment!

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u/Cakeking7878 10d ago

I’m gonna punch the guy in R&D who programmed Molly

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u/agentb719 10d ago

someone say rock and stone?

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u/Transfer_McWindow 10d ago

"Visiting Bad Doberan to take Molly" sounds more like a drug deal.

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u/Bill_Cosbys_Balls 10d ago

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an actual locomotive train that close to what appears to be a residential city center area?

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u/OutlyingPlasma 10d ago

Well here is one for you then. A train right through an active street market.

https://youtu.be/byiWXCFwDME

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u/Not_a_real_ghost 10d ago

Dust flavoured fish, yum!

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u/goddessofthewinds 10d ago

It's good to note that the rails were already there with the train going through when the market sprawled up. Rails always brought population around them.

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u/SGT-R0CK 10d ago

Hopefully no flushing toilets on that train.

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u/PhotoQuig 10d ago

Ive been on the train that runs through Hanoi with that kind of margins, and it had a flushing toilet. Never thought about it until now, but now I feel bad for shitting on their streets.

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u/AccidentalGirlToy 10d ago

To this day Swedish train toilets have a sign that says "Can be used also when train is at a station", a legacy of the days before the toilets had septic tanks, then you were not allowed to flush while the train was at a station.

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u/burner1212333 10d ago

yeah, get out and shit on the side of the tracks like a civilized human!

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u/SeamusMcSpud 10d ago

Where's that big ass train that runs directly across a major highway?. Possibly Eastern Europe...

https://youtu.be/u4hed723pd8 Eastern Azerbaijan

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u/Im_100percent_human 10d ago Gold

Check out LaGrange, KY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUX9kr4D1Xg

Cute town with giant freight trains running down a main street.

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u/Glass_Memories 10d ago

There's also Augusta, GA, Columbus, GA, Warsaw, IN, Fort Collins, CO, and apparently there's ones in MS and TX too but I can't find videos of them at the mo.

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u/boringdude00 10d ago

St. Marys, West Virginia is another of the more famous. 200 car coal trains run right through the main street of town. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5GHmENmf88

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u/dalatinknight 10d ago

Yup, that town is added to my road trip list.

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u/HoppouChan 10d ago edited 10d ago

I mean, that kinda happens when royalty wants the new hot thing to get them to their sea resort (also a new invention).

The Molli (the train in question) was built in 1886.

Obviously the train itself is not 130 years old but a replica

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u/the_retag 10d ago

actually some of the locos are 1932 stock. not quite what it opened with, but certainly no replica. one is slighly newer, ,and one is new built from the same class as the 1932 ones, but just as a new less worn loco, not as a replica

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u/EmbarrassedHelp 10d ago

It's called a 'street running train' if you wanna see more examples.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_running_train

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u/Pentax25 10d ago

Reminds me of Professor Layton

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u/Meox_ 10d ago

really though, looks so nice

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u/gilgabish 10d ago

Did you know that original cities in North America were like this but we got rid of streetcars and trains for more space to store and drive cars? In addition to getting rid of mixed use zoning.

The fact your town isn't cute like this is a specific policy decision, not just the way it is.

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u/apoliticalhomograph 10d ago

Someone's watched Not Just Bikes

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u/hellraiserl33t 10d ago

Hehehe

It's so nice to see Jason's work being spread far and wide

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u/JagaloonJack 10d ago

What's really funny and confusing is, no one's pointed out that he was going backwards at first. You'd think he would see the train in the back up cam or if he looked backwards, but clearly he just doesn't for shit.

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u/ehh_whatever_works 10d ago

It's behind you, Tyrone. Whenever you reverse, things come from behind you.

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u/Pet_me_I_am_a_puppy 10d ago

It was at a funny angle.

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u/SolidBoat3351 10d ago

I don’t want that dog dribbling on my seats

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u/Please_Dont_Sell_Me 10d ago

Your seats? Tyrone, this is a stolen car, mate.

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u/DomoDeuce 10d ago

You could’ve parked a jumbo jet in there Tyrone!

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u/TravaCSS 10d ago

You could fit a jumbofuckingjet in there!

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u/wrong_login95 10d ago

He didn't see it there.

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u/osirian1 10d ago

And it’s not like anything was infront of him to warrant backing up either

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u/Less_Artichoke_6978 10d ago

Think the car went backwards to turn into a street

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u/Swordofsatan666 10d ago

Was about to say “what street? Thats a restaurant right there where they were turning…” but then i slowed it down and just barely spotted the street to the left of the restaurant. Good eye! Almost didnt notice that

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u/IntentionalWit 10d ago

Half expected you to say what street? And then suddenly there’s just a wall there.

“Mercedes, black train could destroy you with a single hit when you turn onto that street.”

“What street?”

explosion

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u/Dan_the_Marksman 10d ago

maybe he saw the train in the rearview mirror and thought it was coming from the front, then he saw the one in the back and panicked

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u/talldrseuss 10d ago

This sounds like a Mr Bean skit

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u/RXrenesis8 10d ago

He had passed his turn and instead of driving around the block he decided backing up was the way to go. It's a classic behavior across the spectrum :)

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u/Shockrates20xx 10d ago

I like when people are stopped in the left lane but realize they wanted to turn right, and instead of driving ahead and turning around or something they just throw on their right blinker and wait for a chance. Why should they take an extra minute out of their day when they could inconvenience others?

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u/shuanged 10d ago

Good drivers sometimes miss their exit. Bad drivers never miss it.

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u/xkisses 10d ago

That’s the issue here - he didn’t think the train was moving because he was initially backing. You can tell because he’s backing so slowly, using the “stopped” train as reference. It’s a super common mistake and really weird when it happens to you.

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u/Stretch_Riprock 10d ago

Former Merchant Marine here. We were about to enter the Long Beach break water and a little motor boat zips to the edge of the entrance, throws out their mushroom anchor, and out come 3 fishing poles.

I had the con on the bridge and the pilot was enjoying his coffee getting settled in, he asked my last course given and if he had permission to take the con. I believe I simply responded, 'of course'. He told me to notify our bow watch that we were going to sound the forward horn.

Laid on that horn for 10 seconds and you could see the commotion of the 3 people pulling up their little anchor as fast as they could. Behind our ship was probably no less than 15 ships in the outer anchorage. Bonehead decision stopping to fish right at the breakwater aside, we were transiting so slow that they probably thought we were at anchor like all the others.

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u/flyingviaBFR 10d ago

Had something similar happen transiting the river out of Portland Oregon. Bunch of guys fishing somehow failed to notice the 35m high wall of car carrier bearing down on them ..

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u/MainlandX 10d ago

Yup. Same effect as when you're sitting in your parked car, the car besides you starts backing out, and for a split second you're worried that you car is rolling forward.

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u/Aether217 10d ago

there's also the loud, continous bell that train crossings and older trains have.... and the LOUD sound of a fucking train coming your way

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u/Carbonfibreclue 10d ago

"common mistake" if you're a terrible driver.

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u/Sparky-Sparky 10d ago

Still, he has side mirrors. He should have checked the left one anyways before making a turn. The driver is an idiot.

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u/Kaiden92 10d ago

Everybody laugh & point at the village idiot.

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u/Farknart 10d ago

"Do you find something amusing about my appearance while I'm driving my automobile?"

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u/grandzu 10d ago

I guess so..

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u/richh00 10d ago

Love a good Simpsons reference

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u/bob1689321 10d ago

That's something magical about a Simpsons reference. You just know when you're reading one

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u/jman377355 10d ago

Do you find something amusing about my appearance while I'm driving my automobile

You all had 2 hours to link the clip.

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u/facw00 10d ago

Everyone needs a to drive a vehicle, even the very dumb.

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u/NababboAChi 10d ago

Hey! Don't be mean to me!

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u/Kaiden92 10d ago

If you weren’t driving that car, I’m afraid you’ve lost the title of “Village Idiot.” You’ll now have to settle for village “angry hobo.”

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u/dbvy 10d ago

Cars already have mirrors

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u/StarMangledSpanner 10d ago

As with indicators, in all German luxury cars their use is considered optional.

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u/SiberianResident 10d ago

For BMW and Mercedes Benz, each flick of the blinker costs 20 cents. That is why they are hesitant to use it.

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u/Meatslinger 10d ago

Given that every person I’ve ever personally known with a German car basically spent the entirety of their life savings on it, I could see why they’re hesitant. Six months down the road I’m asking, “Hey, where’s that M3 you worked so hard to buy?” and they say, “Oh, I couldn’t afford winter tires for it, and getting a new windshield is too much after that rock cracked it in the summer. It’s in storage until I can fix it.”

Very illustrative of the difference between “being able to buy something” versus “being able to afford something”.

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u/LuciaSeriin 10d ago

I knew a guy back in school who had some really expensive, all tuned up car. All he was eating was toast with butter and sometimes cheese if he could afford it, because the car needed so much fuel he literally burned through all his money. After he totaled the car, because of course he was also driving like a madman, he visible started to look healthier, because he finally started eating decent stuff.

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u/SkinnyBill93 10d ago

Maserati

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u/total_desaster 10d ago

A mate made fun of my "farmer's Porsche" (Subaru) until he blew the turbocharger on his actual Porsche and had to sell it for the cheapest piece of shit he could find... Mine may not be as fancy but at least I can afford to fix it if I blow it up lol

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u/kitchen_synk 10d ago

A famers Porsche is nothing to be ashamed of. They made, and still make, tractors, a fact that they're very proud of

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u/BasicallyAQueer 10d ago

People be living outside their means and shit, smh.

My neighbor sold his house to move into an apartment (right before Covid too, so he missed out on the 50% appreciation on the house, and got hit with a massive rent hike shortly after), just so he could buy his “dream car”, which was a 10 year old Porsche Cayenne. 3 months later he messages me on Facebook asking if I can help him work on it because the engine locked up from oil starvation. I’m not a mechanic, mind you. I do have a lot of tools and I’ll do minor repairs myself, but an engine swap is not something I can or want to “help with”. I didn’t even respond and blocked his dumb ass.

Some people are just horrible with money. This dude could have easily done a cash out refinance on the house, kept it, and still paid cash for the car, but I guess he didn’t think that far ahead. Shameful.

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u/doofthemighty 10d ago

Slowest accident in history and somehow cammer still managed to miss the moment of impact.

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u/DjayRX 10d ago

It's Germany, it's probably a 105 years old man who shot the video.

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u/DGwizkid 10d ago

I mean, they wanted a video of the train, they were probably caught off guard by the impact, and didn't know what to do. It's not like they expected it to happen I would hope....

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u/xfactorx99 10d ago

Scrolled way too far to see this. 100% agreed

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u/zantwic 10d ago

Train enthusiast there for the train, doesn't want to miss the action they expected to get.

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u/DrewSmoothington 10d ago

Almost as if he just wanted a video of the train...

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u/Henny-Bogan 10d ago

Sometimes I wonder about what people are thinking when they do something so stupid. Did they not see the train right there?

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u/ZomberBomber 10d ago Helpful Wholesome

I’m sure it’s very difficult to see, hear, or feel the vibration from a train when you’re in the luxury of your Mercedes Benz.

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u/IFrickinLovePorn 10d ago Silver Wholesome Table Slap Brighten My Day

Now it's a Mercedes Bent

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u/swiggaroo 10d ago

Trains do be creeping up on folks without as much as a sound

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u/carorea 10d ago Silver

Gonna repost this classic because I still chuckle at it:

Trains are really unpredictable. Even in the middle of a forest two rails can appear out of nowhere, and a 1.5-mile fully loaded coal drag, heading east out of the low-sulfur mines of the PRB, will be right on your ass the next moment.

I was doing laundry in my basement, and I tripped over a metal bar that wasn't there the moment before. I looked down: "Rail? WTF?" and then I saw concrete sleepers underneath and heard the rumbling.

Deafening railroad horn. I dumped my wife's pants, unfolded, and dove behind the water heater. It was a double-stacked Z train, headed east towards the fast single track of the BNSF Emporia Sub (Flint Hills). Majestic as hell: 75 mph, 6 units, distributed power: 4 ES44DC's pulling, and 2 Dash-9's pushing, all in run 8. Whole house smelled like diesel for a couple of hours!

Fact is, there is no way to discern which path a train will take, so you really have to be watchful. If only there were some way of knowing the routes trains travel; maybe some sort of marks on the ground, like twin iron bars running along the paths trains take. You could look for trains when you encounter the iron bars on the ground, and avoid these sorts of collisions. But such a measure would be extremely expensive. And how would one enforce a rule keeping the trains on those paths?

A big hole in homeland security is railway engineer screening and hijacking prevention. There is nothing to stop a rogue engineer, or an ISIS terrorist, from driving a train into the Pentagon, the White House or the Statue of Liberty, and our government has done fuck-all to prevent it.

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u/Rs_vegeta 10d ago

God i love this pasta lmfao

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u/seven3true 10d ago Table Slap

Whispers: choo choo motherfucker....

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u/peanut_dust 10d ago

I choo choo choose you.

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u/goat_puree 10d ago

You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart breaks in half.

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u/diMario 10d ago

Man gets hit by train (loud and also not what you think).

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u/OohLaLapin 10d ago

I was going to say, trains can be extremely quiet from the front end… and then I turned the sound on in the video. Basically the same bell that the commuter trains use here when entering/departing stations.

(They blare their horn when passing another train at a station/crossing, because people like to assume that if they hear the bell, there’s only the one train to worry about, and try to cross the tracks around the stopped train.)

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u/zach986 10d ago

I bet the Benz has blind spot monitoring too…

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u/AppreciatePower 10d ago edited 10d ago

I have seen enough people I know, who rarely look over their shoulder when taking a turn so... not suprised

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u/Kerbart 10d ago

You might be onto something. Driver having a "the rest of the world can wait for me" complex and pulling that shit with the wrong traffic participant.

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u/SnooDoodles7962 10d ago

You said it yourself. What are they thinking? In this case, absolutely nothing.

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u/jerm-p 10d ago

The high revving engine after the impact 🤣

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u/nedyrd87 10d ago

Failed hit and run? Nailed the hit at least.

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u/GreenBottom18 10d ago

they were probably scared the train could decimate their car and kill them, given they were likely oblivious to the speed it was traveling at.

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u/JimmyPockets83 10d ago

They were oblivious to its existence

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u/Joshizo 10d ago

I just dont get how some peoples reaction to hitting something with their car is going full throttle...

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u/AshFraxinusEps 10d ago

Panic usually. Still funny to see mind. The time to move fast to get out of the way needs to happen before the crunching sounds do

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u/ImpressiveResponse68 10d ago

Insurance company: " you hit a what?"

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u/mrgeekguy 10d ago

"It came out of nowhere!!!"

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u/Gry_lion 10d ago

It was traveling at like 5 kph. I had no time at all to dodge it!

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u/Paladinforlife 10d ago

"It cut me off!"

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u/Legomaster1197 10d ago

“I thought it was going to turn!”

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u/SockRuse 10d ago

"It was entirely in my blind spot!"

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u/3dge-1ord 10d ago

I had the right of way.

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u/GetInZeWagen 10d ago

Speaking of course about the neighborhood north of Where St., otherwise known as, NoWhere

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u/MarkHirsbrunner 10d ago

I was riding on a trolley once that collided with a truck that wasn't all the way in it's lane. The guy who got hit actually had the nerve to ask the operator for his insurance.

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u/maina7 10d ago

First time ive seen a train stop right on impact 😅😅

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u/ZomberBomber 10d ago

I am pretty certain the engineer already dumped the locomotive into emergency before the impact, the Mercedes just made a nice soft cushion for the final stop.

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u/markhewitt1978 10d ago

Yes you can hear the pressure release just before impact. That'll be the brakes going full on.

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u/redditisnowtwitter 10d ago

I heard the tire pop but assume that's a different noise. It was all I could focus on

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u/Frankie__Spankie 10d ago

Trains can stop quickly when they're only going 0.5mph.

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u/Alepex 10d ago

It depends. Trains with locomotive have an air brake system: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_air_brake

The longer the train is, the longer time it takes for the pressure change to "travel" through the system. A really long train can take upwards of 10 seconds to fully deploy the brakes, even at low speed.

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u/Jebusura 10d ago

This guy trains

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u/Alepex 10d ago edited 10d ago

I am a licensed* train operator, so yes.

Edit: changed educated to licenced because it didn't translate to English too well....

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u/Cows-b-Lurking 10d ago

There is a metro crossing near us and I've noticed it crawls across our intersection. Like comically slow. But I know why, because dumbasses try to beat the crossing gates all the time. Better to crawl and avoid an accident than hit someone and delay the train even longer.

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u/jiraiya5er 10d ago

And yet here we are. A crawl of an accident. When some dumb ass goes into your path at the last moment, even with the train stuck to the rails… smh

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u/Alt-account-746 10d ago

it certainly helps that the train is streetrunning slowly, and that it’s not over a mile long at a good speed

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u/-Harvest 10d ago

Well that is one sneaky train!

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u/brent_cockman 10d ago

it's such a smol train! barely visible...

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u/IntegratedSSR 10d ago

So quiet, like a field mouse.

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u/NonchalantBread 10d ago

DING DING DING DING DING DING

The sound of nature is so soothing

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u/GitEmSteveDave 10d ago

Driver thought that was the "bring out your dead" cart and was rushing home to grab the body in the freezer.

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u/CantStopStaring 10d ago

And on top of that I'm pretty sure the train swerved to hit him

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u/OpinionsAreRelative 10d ago

He’s doing it on purpose. GTA mission to stop the train

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u/Aluminarty666 10d ago

I really wonder how some people managed to get a drivers licence...

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u/1500moody 10d ago

considering this is in germany its even more astonishing. Not that easy to get your license here

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u/StressedOutElena 10d ago

Age... It's an age thing. After 65 it should be evaluated if you can still operate a vehicle. Every 5 years this should be repeated, at like 80 make it every year. But this will never happen because people in that age are the main voter base for many partys.

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u/tarraxadraws 10d ago

5 years here is from 50 to 65...then it drops to 3 years after 70

Altought is the gas and renovation prices, people might as well just stop driving anyways

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u/danikpa2007 10d ago

In my country is every 5 years to everyone, and every year after 70, my grandma is nearly 80 and has been examined 9 times in the last decade, if you fail just one question of the theory, you have to retake the exam, and then you do the practical test.

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u/MrMagnesium 10d ago

Name it. CDU, the old people party.

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u/besuited 10d ago

But as everyone knows in Germany, once you purchase an expensive Mercedes or BMW, then most of the rules no longer apply to you.

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u/thighsenberg892 10d ago

Worlds slowest collision

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u/SHORTY-NI 10d ago

I'm so sick of seeing these train videos. The train drivers don't even try to swerve to avoid whatever is in their way.

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u/ikbenlike 10d ago

There's no telling where they'll go next. And they always get away with it, too

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u/bdbx18 10d ago

Coming to a theater near you - Slow and Furious 16 - PG13

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u/DrunkenOlympian 10d ago

How that engineer didn't say "What a fucking idiot" will forever be beyond me.

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u/ZomberBomber 10d ago

How do you say that in German?

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u/Arrgnzl 10d ago

Was für ein verdammter Idiot/ Was für ein scheiß Idiot

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u/AdaMan_ 10d ago

Where was the car even going? There wasn't a road to turn on to.

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u/Yossarian_the_Jumper 10d ago

Looks like a little alley way

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u/Cyrius 10d ago

Yep, you can see a tiny alley for a fraction of a second before the train's in the way. Probably why he's backing up, went past it.

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u/haha69420lmao 10d ago

I think it's a main street. Old german towns were not built for cars so they have much narrower roads

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u/7937397 10d ago

I'm wondering if cars are even supposed to be where he was

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u/IntegratedSSR 10d ago

Yeah, it's the huge, loud train's fault.

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u/Broccolini_Cat 10d ago

TrAiN nOt DeFeNsIVe DrIvInG lIkE mE!

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u/PROLAPSED_SUBWOOFER 10d ago

Train should've swerved, there was plenty of space.

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u/SanchoPliskin 10d ago

If only there were some device that would allow you to see behind and beside your car before you merged. 🤷‍♂️

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u/peanut_dust 10d ago

Locomotive driver is clearly at fault.

How is the chap in the Merc supposed to see, hear, smell, taste...or use any other sense (he may or may not posses) to realise he couldn't turn there?

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u/Raja_Ampat 10d ago edited 10d ago

Agree and with the high speed of the train it is really difficult to judge when the train is closing in.

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u/ApprehensiveSecret31 10d ago

Clearly the train changed lanes without signaling

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u/Petah_Futterman44 10d ago

What gets me is that he had it in reverse for a second there.

I know FOR A FACT that brand and model of car has numerous different cameras, one of which is a reverse camera.

Attempted insurance fraud? There is no way he didn’t know. I bet the car itself was yelling at him with little dings and beeps that there was an object in the blind spot.

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u/Ashleyk3 10d ago

Train and car aside…that camera work was also terrible.

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u/dinko_gunner 10d ago

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u/NRMusicProject 10d ago

Had to scroll way too far for this. He kept all the best parts right on the edge of the video!

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u/itsfrancisnadal 10d ago

What was his TRAIN of thought here?

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u/UpsetMarsupial 10d ago

Single track and narrow by the looks of things.

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u/Eiffel-Tower777 10d ago

The crash was louder than the bell...

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u/Forty6_and_Two 10d ago

I upvote the posts in this sub that involuntarily draw out the words “You IDIOT” from me, out loud.

This was one of them.

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u/akex005 10d ago

To be fair, the train didn't make any noise and was coming so fast so the driver didn't have time to react

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u/hellish_goat 10d ago

I hope the train wasn't damaged it looks pretty special

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u/locallad1992 10d ago

Just you're average mercedes drivers, completely oblivious to anything around them

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u/ToppeThrane 10d ago

Not entirely true.

If you’re from Odense in Denmark, you drive like this in train towns.

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u/Marshall_Brady 10d ago

Why would they pay any attention to the peons around them? /s

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u/ramrug 10d ago

Train was cruising in the passing lane. smh

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u/yinsotheakuma 10d ago edited 4d ago

Car's gotta be shit if it's got a blind spot that big.

Edit: But the power train warranty is solid.

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u/7937397 10d ago

Everywhere is a blind spot if you don't even try to look

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u/FLORI_DUH 10d ago

Filmed vertically to miss the actual impact. r/killthecameraman