The One-Lane Bridge Shared By Cars And Trains

  • Published on Jun 10, 2019
  • Near Hindon, on the South Island of New Zealand, there's one of only two remaining one-lane road-rail bridges in the country. No barriers, no lights, no sirens: if you're driving across this, you need to make sure to listen out for the train horn.
    Thanks to all the Dunedin Railways team! You can find out more about them here:
    Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  4 months ago +3466

    I completely forgot to record my "thank you to Dunedin Railways" outro. It is a beautiful rail journey on the South Island: pull down the description for a link to their site!

    • Programming Carrot
      Programming Carrot 29 days ago

      Why are you always wearing that hoodie and that shirt?

    • the phoenix 315
      the phoenix 315 Month ago

      This is my ultimate holiday!

    • Billy the dog -
      Billy the dog - 2 months ago

      Surely you mean 'think you'.

    • parajacks4
      parajacks4 2 months ago

      Tom Scott
      Next time youโ€™re in Dunedin you can stay at my place.

    • ChaikaFace
      ChaikaFace 3 months ago

      Why not rerecord the outro (like voice over) and reupload it? Seeing that this is uploaded three week before it was published, you have a plenty damn time to reupload a corrected version.

      Well still a good vid cheers!

  • xr6lad
    xr6lad Day ago

    This is far from unique. Here in Victoria Australia we had a few road/rail bridges. One between two towns in either side of the Murray River - cars had to stop for trains.

  • Juanito Esteves
    Juanito Esteves Day ago

    why dont you make the bridge 5 meter wider ?

  • Eric Smucker
    Eric Smucker 3 days ago

    Whitier tunnel in Alaska. You should check it out.

  • diddlebug72
    diddlebug72 3 days ago


  • Sandino Acosta Muniz

    That kind of bridges also exist in Uruguay, thus, there are almost no trains running nowadays. In addition, priorities are usually shown by signs, but when non are present, that travelling in direction to the capital of the country (in a national road) or in direction of the capital of the department (in a departamental road) has the right of way.

  • loft306 DangerMaus
    loft306 DangerMaus 7 days ago

    We need a few of thease In the states so natural selection can kick in again, there are too many stupid ppl here

  • GRB Major
    GRB Major 7 days ago

    "The rules are simple...." Except for the morons here in the US, who would STILL try to beat the train, and lose.

  • Bill Campbell
    Bill Campbell 8 days ago

    Interesting series of videos. I'm new to your series/channel. Have done any in Canada. There are several interesting places here in the second largest country on the planet.

  • Aussie Gunzel
    Aussie Gunzel 8 days ago

    There's bridges in Queensland where trains share bridges with cars

  • Quill Maurer
    Quill Maurer 8 days ago

    I somehow visualize a car getting part way across the bridge, seeing the train coming the other way, realizes they won't make it to the far end, and has to test how fast their car can go in reverse. Full "I'mma nope right outta here!" mode.

  • Bogfinken
    Bogfinken 8 days ago

    So basically the NZ authorities expect people to use common sense..
    That's a brave move!!

  • malcolm hogan
    malcolm hogan 10 days ago

    As a Kiwi, we have got use to this type of road/rail crossing. The worst was at Seddon where the train was on deck above the cars. not a nice feeling when you were underneath the train as it went across.

  • wcharliewilson
    wcharliewilson 11 days ago +1

    There is a very similar setup to (and from) Whittier, AK. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel...

  • M Lau
    M Lau 12 days ago +1

    Perhaps they should add a pair of traffic lights on both sides for the cars.

  • Abe Coulter
    Abe Coulter 13 days ago


  • Dhiraj Deshmukh
    Dhiraj Deshmukh 16 days ago

    The speed of the train is bit more.. considering it is common bridge the train should be dead slow what is the train and car come opposite to each other on bridge all of a sudden ? Car can apply sudden break but not train

  • Ni Ki
    Ni Ki 16 days ago

    That would never fly in Germany

  • Marie S.
    Marie S. 17 days ago


  • Francois D Van der Westhuizen

    In the town I grew up we had one of those bridges we had to use sometimes during wet season when the lower laying road bridges were flooded, but that didn't happen too often.

  • Smokes McGee
    Smokes McGee 17 days ago

    Seems fair enough.

  • Acktle ?
    Acktle ? 17 days ago

    Wait we have 1 laned bridges? Lived here my whole life and never seen one

    • Brem
      Brem 17 days ago

      There's still one on state highway 1

  • ๅˆ˜ๆ™“
    ๅˆ˜ๆ™“ 18 days ago

    not an english speaker, 0:30 this guy's accent is bit of hard for me to relate to...XD

  • Joshua Deacon
    Joshua Deacon 19 days ago +1

    Damn wonder how many accident have been there

    • Brem
      Brem 17 days ago +1

      None. It's only there to let a couple of farmers on and off the farms.

  • JJmoto
    JJmoto 19 days ago

    Reminds me of wittier alaska! Search it up, it's a one way TUNNEL.

  • Gino De los Angeles
    Gino De los Angeles 19 days ago

    U look like male kate mckinnon

  • Jonathan Cw
    Jonathan Cw 20 days ago


  • KKEM641
    KKEM641 20 days ago

    Now that is street running...

  • Eric 6645
    Eric 6645 20 days ago

    this is a thing in sweden aswell

  • B is for Beats
    B is for Beats 21 day ago

    Iโ€™m of the thousand comment

  • Carl Trotter
    Carl Trotter 21 day ago

    I like how Tom has a grey hoodie without letters to replace his Nordics one.

  • RJ Smith
    RJ Smith 23 days ago

    I've visited New Zealand a couple of times. It really is a quirky weird country like no other and my God is it gorgeous.

  • Mike and Tricia Johnson

    We have been on that train, they stop just after the tunnel to let passengers off to walk across the bridge so that you can take pictures of the train coming at you and then the train stops just around the corner so that the passengers can get back on.
    It's a very good trip with some stunning scenery.
    Dunedin station is worth a visit even if you're not traveling, the ticket hall is incredible.

  • coc0s
    coc0s 29 days ago

    The tunnel to Whittier, Alaska is one for both trains and cars. It's controlled by traffic lights but it's scary nonetheless.

  • Jonathon Herkowski
    Jonathon Herkowski 29 days ago

    It reminds me of an N Scale layout

  • Fredrik Granberg
    Fredrik Granberg Month ago

    We have at least one of those here in Sweden. I drove over it several times.

  • Yellow Penguin
    Yellow Penguin Month ago

    Okay, now I'm pissed that this isn't possible in Transport Tycoon.

  • Jimmy Bears
    Jimmy Bears Month ago +2

    To all u kiwis
    Kia Ora

  • Brisbane Infinite Flight

    Iโ€™ve been on this route from middlemarch to Duneden

  • Tt Miller
    Tt Miller Month ago

    I am amazed they dont at least have something in that tunnel connected to a flashing warning light (like even a simple IR beam like the kind you can put across your driveway to let you know when someone pulls in) just seems like such a easy thing they could do for those 2 ranches

  • Ben Howell
    Ben Howell Month ago

    This would never work in North America

  • Off_mah_lawn
    Off_mah_lawn Month ago

    Damn good timing on that train intro

  • Jezzibolt
    Jezzibolt Month ago

    Somehow you really remind me of young Charles Xavier.

  • Pie 4life
    Pie 4life Month ago

    Should atlest have a detailed sign at the stop sign I would have no idea what to do and just think the road ends

  • HellTide_ Brock
    HellTide_ Brock Month ago

    Why fix something thatโ€™s not broken

  • James Simms
    James Simms Month ago

    AL 114 between Pennington, AL & Myrtlewood, AL shared a bridge over the Tombigbee River w/the Meridian & Bigbee RR for decades before a new highway bridge was built several years ago

  • Greenid Guy
    Greenid Guy Month ago

    This is totally expected from a socialist country....share EVERYTHING.
    Take note American citizens...youโ€™ve been warned.

  • LectronCircuits
    LectronCircuits Month ago

    For excellent training, model something like this in a popular scale. All aboard. Cheers!

  • Joel Dale
    Joel Dale Month ago

    That's cool

  • Good luck everyone
    Good luck everyone Month ago

    New Zealand haven't adopted the nanny state it seems.

  • Aotearoa Kiwi
    Aotearoa Kiwi Month ago

    Don't need barriers, lights, sirens, etc. We use something called common sense!

  • R B
    R B Month ago

    Civil society

  • Moris Mateljan
    Moris Mateljan Month ago

    I'm worried more about that tunnel then the bridge!

  • Great Northwest
    Great Northwest Month ago

    I find it odd that people will risk thier life a railroad crossings but shared use bridges get way more caution when it is essentially the same thing.

  • usernamenaw
    usernamenaw Month ago

    I'm curious what is on the cars at 1:13 and 1:40 reminds me of some kind of lidar

  • NET Videos
    NET Videos Month ago

    Make a second bridge

  • Four Nines
    Four Nines Month ago

    1:04 Reminds me of "Look out, there's a train behind you"
    Likely nobody remembers that Spongebob reference

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  • J
    J Month ago

    How about atleast making it _wider?_

  • Gabriel Ramuglia
    Gabriel Ramuglia Month ago

    You should do a video on Whittier, Alaska