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    A very important question which I am certain you will want to know the answer to:

    Does the railway line cross the road or does the road cross the railway line?

    I think that it is the former simply because the trains have the right of way. Besides, the part of the road that the railway line is on belongs to the railways.

    What do you think and why?
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    Default Re: Which Is Correct?

    Which one was there first . What ever came 2nd does the crossing.
    Or ,they both cross each other :-)

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    Outstanding near-Friday question.

    I'm with the above, depends which was there first.

    However, I'm also considering it could be dependent on the volume of either rail or vehicular traffic. If the rail line saw more traffic than the road, then by virtue of the fact the rail line could be considered of greater value, then maybe it gets priority and the road has to accept that it crosses the rail line.

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    What can stop easiest? My bet is that rail has right of way. I for one, driving a car, would not for one moment think that a train would be able to stop in time for me to cross the line. Common sense prevails I think!

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    The road crosses the railway IMHO. By way of evidence, the barrier arms don't stop the trains to let cars through and the signs don't say "roadway crossing"
    And my final bit of evidence, the road breaks either side of the rails which are continuous so cars "cross" over the rails but trains never touch the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    What can stop easiest? My bet is that rail has right of way. I for one, driving a car, would not for one moment think that a train would be able to stop in time for me to cross the line. Common sense prevails I think!
    I agree with this. Its like the law of the sea....always give way to the biggest.
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    Road crosses the railway line, definitely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    What can stop easiest? My bet is that rail has right of way. I for one, driving a car, would not for one moment think that a train would be able to stop in time for me to cross the line. Common sense prevails I think!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post

    Does the railway line cross the road or does the road cross the railway line?
    Never seen a road surface over the top of a railway track....have seen railway tracks over the top of road asphalt though.

    Therefore the railway crosses the road.

    And trains always have right of way, disagree with that, and it's your funeral.....LOL.
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    If NZ transportation history has any bearing on what crosses what, rail tracks were built - and still used since the 1860's. Some local stations near me, have been sitting/erected in 1875. Long before public roads were built; Perhaps meaning the roads, had to cross over the rail tracks, in due course. Perhaps to be understood more as a train crossing a road, rather than it's tracks.

    Here are some photo's I took recently at Auckland's Takanini crossing (Walter's road - near the near South Gate Mall) where I was at the head of the vehicle queue, waiting for two trains to cross, the vary lengthy Kiwi Rail Wagons (about 75 and manly empty) and Auckland Transport Passenger train in opposite directions...
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