This isn't exactly a field report, but I was just reading Uncle Bob's tip of the week about train safety. One thing not mentioned is that many rural train crossing still do not have crossing guards. Some have lights only and others just have the signs marking railroad tracks. Always stop at tracks even when the crossing guards are not down, they do break down.
Stop reading if you're squemish.
I've lived within a block of rural train tracks for most of my life. One of my earliest memories is of my Dad taking blankets out of the house to help with an accident where a lady did not stop for a train, her vehicle was struck and she was expelled from the vehicle and wound up going through a chain link fence. Remember, these are often rural tracks and the first responders will often be people from the area or volunteer firefighters, not professional rescuers.
The next year there was another accident. Not so bad, but the tracks needed repairing. They were repaired incorrectly and we wound up with a train (literally) in our front yard. I can still smell the smoke and hear the thumps and brakes shreaking from that train leaving the tracks and scattering throughout are yard and street. I wasn't home (thank God) for the accident that finally convinced the Parish/State (not sure who's responsibility that is) to put up crossing guards. Several children were killed in that accident.
Trains are nothing to mess with. I have respect and a certain amount of fright for them. They can not stop and often when there is a crash people on board the train are injured as well both mentally and physically. All the crewmen died during that train derailment I mentioned above.
Sorry for rambling - this is just a topic that's close to my heart.