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August 13, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Zimbabwe railroad sign

image001Terry Jones writes:

Although the picture didn't come out well (clipped from a video), you will get the idea. I looked up as we were crossing the tracks in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to note that stuck across the traditional "Railroad Crossing" cross was another sign in the same yellow as the original. It said, in very small type:

    These signals are not working

It could have said, "By the time you read this, you may be in great danger!"


Or better yet "Don't slow down to read this, SPEED UP!"

Posted by: T. Bradley Dean at August 13, 2004 03:00 AM

I think something is wrong here.

The wouldn't have endangered people's lives, then sent someone over NOT to fix the signals but to put up a sign.

I doubt there were still trains still passing over tracks.

Posted by: never mind that at August 13, 2004 10:48 PM

Like you say, it might not be unusual in that Zimbabwe or that area of Zimbabwe to have tracks that are no longer in use.

Likewise, it might be common for tracks to have signals that don't work. The signs might be equally common, thus easily recognizable for the people of Zimbabwe, without having to be right on top of them.

Posted by: icouldbeanyone at August 15, 2004 12:05 AM

This is almost as useful as the blue screen of death on Windows saying your computer isn't working. (Wow they are pretty similar the more I think about it.)

Posted by: somebody at August 15, 2004 01:38 PM

Having been in Zimbabwe before I don't find myself surprised. The sign can be produced locally, the broken lights probably require imported parts.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at August 15, 2004 08:22 PM

i dont know about anyone else but i click on the pic and i get junk.....i can actualy see it better on the miniature....*sigh*

Posted by: Tofu at August 17, 2005 09:41 AM

You're right, Tofu! Somebody should tell Mark that this page is broken :D

Posted by: Shaun at December 26, 2005 08:29 PM

Broken Railroad crossing signal.....LOL.

Posted by: Allan love jr. at April 15, 2006 09:33 AM

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