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Must be very cheap

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Railway warning signal lights - new type with LEDs. Nothing wrong with them - they're visibly brighter than older incandescent ones. They blink hard on/off unlike the soft fade ins and outs of those older incandescents. The blinking white (indicating the device in operation and no train approaching) is also more bluish.

Now they install them at places that have never had warning signals - this dirt road is an example. It's a single track railway with like 10 short and slow trains passing daily and an occasional cyclist or tractor using the crossing. IMO the risks of collision here are almost zero. On the other side there are even two of them - probably because the road curves.

I don't know if they need to spend some money or these are so cheap because the added value here is really low.

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Manufacturer:AŽD Praha
Model Reference:Y2
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Lamp Type:LED 1x white (blinking), 2x red alternating
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Location:49°50'03.6"N 14°15'38.9"E
Optical
Color Temperature:white ~6000K - 8000K
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Application/Use:railway warning lights

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Aug 27, 2016 at 12:29 AM Author: dor123
The ones that have soft fade in and out during flashing, like our railway warning signal lights, are halogen, as the incandescent lamps we uses in the old incandescent traffic lights here, warms and cools fast enough for their flashing to be look as real flashing without the soft fading in and out.
Here the railway warning signal lights, have only a single red light and are arranges such that they would produces wig wag flashing pattern during operating when there is a train approching. There are also barriers that closing when they are operates, as well as bells that rings.

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Aug 27, 2016 at 01:28 AM Author: merc
I'm not sure - the old ones could be either halogen or regular incandescent. The thing is the lamp is very low voltage - a thick filament that heats up and cools down for some time hence the slow fade ins and outs.
These produce a digitized bell sound as well but the light part is probably more important.

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Aug 27, 2016 at 02:25 AM Author: Ash
The Red flashing lights here are the same as the older ones in CZ, 2 alternating lights with fade in and out

Video showing many of the train crssings (security video of cars breaking the barriers), and at 2:30 you can see the lights in color too : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlflPJbDue8
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Aug 27, 2016 at 05:02 AM Author: merc
Yeah, the alternating red lights are probably an international train approaching warning. IIRC, fire department buildings use similar ones when fire truck are driving out.
These accidents happen here as well. Last year a Polish truck driver entered the crossing with a truck full of metal sheets and as the barriers went down, he stopped locked on the crossing. (Stupid enough - he could easily break them and get out.) The approaching Pendolino train managed to slow down from its 160 kmph speed a bit but there have been 3 dead and many injured. There's even an English Wikipedia page about that accident.

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Aug 27, 2016 at 01:08 PM Author: rjluna2
That is so stupid to cross the railroad crossing when the warning lights and arm are activated

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Jun 16, 2019 at 07:14 AM Author: Cole D.
Like the sun in that scene. The area remind me of some rural railroad crossings here. Except here usually they don't have any lights, just a railroad crossing sign.

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Jun 16, 2019 at 07:30 AM Author: AngryHorse
I suppose it is a good idea to have them at ALL rail crossings, even quiet ones, yes you would have to be pretty out of it to not realise there is a rail crossing, but you do get them that don’t

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Jun 16, 2019 at 08:07 AM Author: Medved
Theory says it should be safer when the signals are installed.
But real life shows, most accidents are at places with signals and the most severe ones even with gates (blatant stupid ignorance on the road driver side). But on the other hand the traffic uses to be way denser and visibility worse where the signals are than on those without any signal, so the accident rate could just be related to the traffic density alone.

By the way I have a question mainly for US guys:
How exactly the laws require the (road drivers) to do at different situations?
The question is, with my US visits I've never seen anything similar to the bottom white (flashing when ON) light.
When red are flashing, it is pretty clear.
When they are not flashing, here the law says the crossing is equal to a crossing without any signal at all, so road drivers should make sure themselves there is no train approaching, so they may safely pass the crossing.
Only the flashing white means it is safe to cross.
The main motivation is to make the system fail safe for the most frequent technical problems like power failures or so.
I ask, because in the US I've seen no one paying attention what happens on the track when the reds just were not flashing and just pass over.
What the law exactly says there? And how are handled situations like power cutouts or other equipment failures?
I may imagine on crossings with gates the power cutouts cause the gates to go down, but what on the crossings without any gates?

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Jun 16, 2019 at 08:23 AM Author: Cole D.
In the US, we supposed to watch out or listen for trains either way if the light is flashing or not. But a stop at the crossing is not required unless the lights are flashing. If not can proceed. But I agree most people pay no attention for a train unless the light is flashing. And even then if the train is not nearby, some will drive through anyway or under gates that are lowering. It is illegal to cross the tracks if the lights are on or gates are lowered. There are usually a sign with a number to call at any crossing if there is a malfunction or vehicle is stuck on tracks, or call the police to report it.

You can get a ticket for driving through even though the signal is malfunctioned. As for power outages, I'm not sure, but I believe there is a battery backup system at each crossing.

Now buses, and vehicle carrying above certain number or passengers, or hazardous materials or liquids, must stop at any crossing and check for train approaching.

Usually crossings with no gates or signal lights, will have a stop sign so must come to a complete stop and then cross.

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