Obviously, it wouldn’t be a good idea, and I’m not going to try it. And obviously, I have an idea of what happens when a car gets in the way of an oncoming train (the train’s pretty much going to win).
But imagine this: I’m stopped at a railroad crossing. One of those great big freight trains - the ones with about six thousand cars that takes forever to go by - is chugging along the tracks. Assume I’m in a typically-sized modern car, and in a moment of insanity, I decide I’m tired of waiting, stomp on the gas, blow through the little barrier arm, and drive straight into the train.
Obviously I’m not going to get anywhere other than awfully close to the steering column. But what would the effect on the train be? Would it derail? Would it necessarily slow down? Would it just keep chugging along?
Or what about the same situation, but with a smaller, lighter train - an Amtrak train, or even a light-rail commuter train?