Speechless Sunday-Too close for comfort

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242


 Speechless Sunday-Too close for comfort

Although I am fascinated by trains having one pass directly over my head is just too close for comfort.  This actually happened to me a couple years ago.

I had a land parcel listed in the town of Amenia which is located in the north eastern area of Dutchess County.  The property was located just after that railroad bridge shown in the picture;  and one day I was on my way to meet my client at the at the site when as soon as I was under the bridge the Metro North  Harlem Line train passed overhead.

For most people they would not have given it a second thought but with my active imaginations I came up with lots of what ifs in a matter of a few seconds.  Train passing directly over me is just too close for comfort.


Rail Road Bridge

Jennifer Fivelsdal - JFIVE HOMES REALTY LLC - 845-758-6842- jennifer@jfivehomes.com 

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Comments (23)

Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

I would've hit the gas, really fast.  I used think about things like this when I lived back in Chicago and had to drive past O'hare - the planes seemed like they were going to land on me!!!

Oct 31, 2010 05:24 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It's pretty freaky to be in a boat and under the railroad bridge when a train crosses it, too! BUT... kinda fun too! :O)

Oct 31, 2010 05:29 PM
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

now that looks very, very close and very, very loud!

Oct 31, 2010 05:46 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Jennifer,

That's similar to the way I feel when I'm in traffice under an overpass here in SoCal because of our earthquakes. I still remember the photo years ago of a pick-up truck crushed by such a thing. Needless to say the driver did not survive.

Oct 31, 2010 06:45 PM
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

Once again, I love your local pictures, so different than the scenery out here in Southern California

Oct 31, 2010 06:58 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, I can see why you'd feel that way based on that picture.

Oct 31, 2010 11:37 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Jennifer I am sure a train going over that bridge was pretty darn loud and scary!

Nov 01, 2010 12:42 AM
Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com... - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

It's beautiful country, any way you look at it.

Nov 01, 2010 01:02 AM
Sandy Fenton
Keller Williams NY Realty * Licensed Associate Broker - Mount Kisco, NY
ABR, ASP, CDPE, GRI -Westchester NY - Condos to Luxury Homes

Jennifer - I think of stuff like that all the time.  Especially under overpasses and even more especially when I am stuck under one.  ;-)  Although judging by the narrow space, I doubt a train car could fall through.  Now if it went off to the side or something, that would be a different story.  :-/

For those who are not familiar with our Metro North trains, they are pretty quiet - considering.  On the other hand, NYC subways are really loud.  LOL

Nov 01, 2010 05:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Jennifer - I remember driving under an overpass like that when my kids were still young.  When a train went over, my son said, "Mama, we've just been run over by a train."  It sounded like it for certain:-)

Nov 01, 2010 09:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jennifer, that had to be one heck of a loud experience. 

That would be something that I would avoid in the future ........ LOL

Nov 01, 2010 11:22 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jennifer, I think I would be concerned about oncoming traffic as well!  The passage looks like it is wide enough only for one vehicle.

Nov 01, 2010 01:50 PM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Jennifer:  I would not have liked that either!  I am a little claustrophobic!

Nov 01, 2010 03:18 PM
Dora & Vincent Kwok
HomeSmart Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
CNE - Chandler, Arizona Real Estate

When I first saw this picture, I thought it was a close call with on-coming traffic under the single lane tunnel....that would be too close for comfort for me.  :)


Nov 01, 2010 05:51 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Patrick thank you.

Liz my thought exactly.

Mathew being stuck in traffic can bring out similar thoughts.

Juli  I don't then stepping on the gas would have been a good idea just around the bend is a bridge going over a stream :) also the road is narrow so you have to be careful going under the rail bridge.

Nov 01, 2010 06:29 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Joni That would be scary for me too.

Melanie it was.

Lynda wow what a sad story; no wonder you get those feelings.

Brian thank you.  I love seeing other parts of the country, and here on the network I get many opportunities to do so.

Deb I cringe when I look at the picture.  Beautiful scene except for a combination of bridge and train :)

Nov 01, 2010 06:36 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

jennifer, that IS too close for comfort! I had a dog, Wizard, who used to duck when we crossed a bridge - he would not have liked the train going over us at all!

Nov 01, 2010 06:42 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I grew up with one of these n my hometown. It actually had a "tunnel" walk through as well. Now talk about loud...exciting for a kid!

Nov 02, 2010 01:30 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Wow a 10' clearance is very low. That's essentially the height of a basketball rim. :)


Nov 02, 2010 03:01 PM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Jennifer... I am with you!  Those bridge supports look awfully wobbly.  Well maybe it's all in my imagination!  :-)

Nov 02, 2010 04:19 PM