PICS: Hydrant Smashed Under Pleasant Hill BART Tracks

August 5, 2014 10:31 am · 21 comments



A hydrant was demolished this morning under the tracks near Pleasant Hill BART.

The water was shut off a few minutes after the incident, and no BART service delays were reported.

Thanks to Ken in Concord for the pictures!

Anon August 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I’m nor surprised about this, have you seen the way people like to force their cars in to a lane at the last minute to get on or off the freeway?

I'm The Urban Spaceman August 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

What’s the penalty for hunting Hydrants out of season?

Design FAIL August 5, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Well lets see engineers graduate and receive a degree.
What’s wrong with those pictures?
BART uses a high amperage electric third rail to power the trains. Maybe a hydrant at that location was not such a hot idea. Water under that kind of pressure shoots UP. Water and Electricity, bad combination.

Working with engineers has taught me they do NOT think worse case, … what could go wrong. After all, “it’s not IF something will happen, it’s when.” Tell that to the new engineers fresh out of school an once and a while they’ll puff up and tell me they about their years in college and their college degree.

That’s when I tell ’em thermometers also have degrees and you know where they get stuck, sometimes.

Dorothy August 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Was the hydrant trying to catch a BART train?

Mike T August 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

@ Urban Spaceman.. I believe it is the same penalty as being over the limit on white picket fences.

Curly Howard August 5, 2014 at 11:50 AM

It’s a Geezer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cowellian August 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

More wanton hydrantcide!

Anonymous August 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Thus draining our precious earth of vital bodily fluids.

PO'd August 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM

@DesignFAIL#3 What happens when it rains? Of course, I say this during a drought!! I’m sure there is no issue with water hitting the 3rd rail.
As far as poaching fire hydrants,maybe passing the cost of replacement plus enhancements during a drought might get people to pay attention to safe driving habits. DON”T TALK ON THE CELL OR TEXT WHILE DRIVING!!

Anon2 August 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Free car wash!

KenInConcord August 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Stop complaining!!!!!! I’m just glad someone is finally trying to clean the Bart Cars!!

Hydrant Union August 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

My guys did an excellent job! And that was a trainee.

That one guy August 5, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The Earth’s rotation was definitely a factor!

Gargoyle Socks August 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Ooh, that reminds me…buy stock in a hydrant company. Seems like a pretty solid industry…especially around here.

RunDogRun August 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

@9 PO’d When BART first started
serving riders, it barely worked when
it rained. Somehow they got that
under control, but I remember jerking
along at two miles an hour on rainy
days–if the train was moving at all.

Bob the Repairman August 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Update–hydrants 13, vehicles 0

Wasting Water Again August 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Are we NOT in a drought situation??? Should level a $500 fine on the owner’s of the hydrant (City of Pleasant Hill???)

Anon2 August 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM


I’m thinking it’s the other way around: hydrants – 0 / cars – 13…if the hydrant broke. 😛

Antler August 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

And will they MOVE the hydrant now?

Mika August 5, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Oh the humanity! Another innocent hydrant falls victim to man. . .

concord sucks August 6, 2014 at 2:47 AM

I see P-hill is carrying on a Concord trend.

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