can you die or even get an electric shock from train tracks?

Question by turnoffthelightlad: can you die or even get an electric shock from train tracks?
I’m from Australia and was just wondering if you can get an electric shock or even die from touching the wrong line???

Out in the open, when you hop a fence and run across the railway tracks I’ve never had electric shock, but I thought I’ve heard of people being hurt from it ??

Or is this only for subway trains??

Are there actually live tracks??

Best answer:

Answer by penhead72
No, that is subway tracks with the third rail. Out in the country where you might be fencing hoping is rail that is operating by diesel electric power. In other words, there’s no source of power in the rails because the locomotives use diesel engines to generate power and electricity in a self contained system.

However, yes you can die from being on these tracks. I see it quite a bit in my line of work. Stay off the tracks. If you must cross look both ways. And move along quickly across. Don’t walk down the middle of tracks, through tunnels or across bridges.

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