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Detonators

  • 02-07-2021 6:33pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,687 ✭✭✭✭ Samuel T. Cogley


    Just out of interest why would a level crossing guard have had detonators back in the day? I may have read something wrong - it's hand written - but I'm sure they guy says "flags and detonators".


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,363 ✭✭✭✭ Del.Monte


    Just out of interest why would a level crossing guard have had detonators back in the day? I may have read something wrong - it's hand written - but I'm sure they guy says "flags and detonators".


    What's a level crossing guard? Train guards certainly would have carried flags and detonators to put down on the track in event of an accident or breakdown and presumably anybody working a level crossing would have had them for the same reason.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,828 ✭✭✭✭ CIARAN_BOYLE


    Just out of interest why would a level crossing guard have had detonators back in the day? I may have read something wrong - it's hand written - but I'm sure they guy says "flags and detonators".

    For use in poor conditions where a flag may not be seen. This type of detonator.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detonator_(railway)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,645 ✭✭✭ krissovo


    As complete idiot teenager me and my equally stupid friends used to put Hilti cartridges that we would rob from building sites onto the tracks for the same effect.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    in foggy weather a fogman would be stationed at a distant signal and would place a det on the line when the signal was on, removing it when the signal was cleared.

    Presumably a crossing keeper would have done the same, particularly as some crossings were not linked to a signal box, he'd have placed a det when the crossing was open to the road and removed it when it was safe for a train to proceed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,045 ✭✭✭ theguzman


    I seen them being placed under the train as it pulled into Tralee with the Sam Maguire a good number of years back.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    theguzman wrote: »
    I seen them being placed under the train as it pulled into Tralee with the Sam Maguire a good number of years back.

    well not recently anyway :-)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,045 ✭✭✭ theguzman


    Isambard wrote: »
    well not recently anyway :-)

    It was either 1997 or the year 2000 or as late as 2004, hard to say really.


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