Photo By: Kevin Morgan

The last two DPU units on a westbound coal empty streak past the new "quiet" crossing at Pierce Street. The City of Arvada worked with UP to install three such crossing at Pierce, Kipling and 72nd Avenue. As a result, trains no longer use their horns at these crossings.
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Posted By Webmaster On Sunday, January 4, 2009 At 1:48:00 PM (PT)

Tim, trains continued to use their horns for a few weeks after the median's were completed. I guess this was a "break-in" time to get the public used to them? Anyway, these days, trains never blow their horns at these crossings regardless of time of day (unless, of course, there is something or someone actually on the tracks).

Posted By Webmaster On Sunday, January 4, 2009 At 1:46:34 PM (PT)

Doug, you are correct, I meant "quiet". Darn fingers! In order for a crossing to be quiet, it must have gates. lights and bells, as well as a center raised median. The median is the key feature in this case as it prevents people from driving around the gates when they are down. The median is just barely visible on the left side of the shot.

Posted By Tim On Sunday, January 4, 2009 At 1:28:38 PM (PT)

From what I remember hearing about those 3 crossing is when a train approaches during the hours after 11pm or midnight, if there are no cars, the trains do not have to use the horn. I think they still have to use the horn during the day regardless of cars or not. But I could be mistaken

Posted By Doug Young On Sunday, January 4, 2009 At 8:45:21 AM (PT)

Hi Kevin, I assume you meant "quiet" and not "quite" crossing. My question is, what makes this crossing "quiet"? Is it UP policy for this crossing, or is it the crossing equipment itself?

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Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 4:03:39 PM
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Location Information
City or County and State
Arvada, CO

Moffat Tunnel (UP)

Milepost or Control Point
MP 7

Train Information
Union Pacific
Unit Number
UP 7301


Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
28 mm
1/20 seconds

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