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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 12 (March 1, 1935)

From the Engine Cab

From the Engine Cab.

In a special appeal to motorists for care at level-crossings, an engine-driver, speaking from 2Ya Wellington recently, put the position very clearly, as the following extract indicates:—

“An engine-driver may, during a shift, pass more than one hundred railway signals, all of which have to be obeyed. The passing of one at danger, may spell disaster to himself and his passengers. He also has other things to think about. He has to run to a timetable. He has to use judgment in regulating the speed. Tablets have to be exchanged. An occasional hot bearing may add to his troubles. He also has, as you have, his homesicknesses. I will not bother you with any more of the engine-driver's anxieties, but just mention those few to show you that although there are various important matters to be attended to, firmly fixed in the engine-drivers' mind is the obeyance of all signals whether they be clear or danger signals.

“Mr. Motorist, I have explained how we must pass and treat all signals, probably over a hundred in one day. Am I asking too much of you to stop, look and listen at all level-crossings? I do not suppose the majority of you will cross half a dozen in one day.”