I've mentioned before that New Westminster, being essentially right on the end of the transcontinental railway, tends to see a lot of train movements; the Westminster Bridge, which carries the tracks across the Fraser River to Surrey and from there to the United States, is just a stone's throw from downtown and is crossed regularly. To be blunt it's not a strange thing for there to be big, long, heavy trains using the tracks between Front Street and the waterfront - you'd think people would pay them more respect.
If they did, I'd have never been able to get this picture of two people crossing the tracks at Begbie Street within sight of a train. Granted, they were about thirty seconds ahead of the train, and the signals hadn't cut in yet. I can imagine that maybe they didn't want to have to wait for the train to pass before they could cross... except that there's a pedestrian overpass. It's where I was standing when I took this picture. Actually, if you count the stairs that connect to the downtown parkade, there are two overpasses.
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