Thursday, August 30, 2007

Train-Spotting at the University of Memphis

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

With school officially back in session, University of Memphis students are once again racing speeding locomotives and climbing stopped ones.

According to the university paper, The Daily Helmsman, campus police had to be dispatched to the train tracks near Southern after reports of students crawling under a stationary train.

Though it's against a city ordinance, students have a history of climbing over and under stationary trains blocking their path to campus buildings. In 2005, a 42-year-old woman was killed while climbing through a train stopped at Southern and Willett.

A city ordinance says that trains cannot be stopped on tracks for more than five minutes, but it is not enforceable. Read Mary Cashiola's "In The Bluff" column on this issue.

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