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I know what you mean Nico.
I wonder, if for a certain distance on either side of and across a particular grade crossing, pipes could be installed between the tracks that would suddenly spray water upwards. Activated remotely, monitored by cameras, something like that might surprise an individual and cause them to get away. With drone/camera technology, I wonder if a drone could operate ahead of the DMUs? It would operate discreetly and automatically providing the Engineer, dispatchers and security a look ahead to react to trouble sooner; as well as provide video documentation. If need be, the drone could be controlled manually via an operator to distract and discourage trouble on station platforms and along the ROW.
I've had thoughts about putting light inlays in the sidewalk that flash when the grade crossing is activated. May cost a bit but may be worth it for select crossings, especially where the trains run at higher speeds.
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