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third rail

[′thərd ′rāl]
(civil engineering)
The electrified metal rail which carries current to the motor of an electric locomotive or other railway car.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Ignoring InsurTechs, on the other hand, comes at great risk - like touching the third rail.
While circuit breakers opened immediately after the accident, Sumwalt said, it was not clear whether the sections of third rail were still electrified when they punctured the train car.
According to investigators, Matthew Zeno, 30, and a friend were returning from a bar when he paused to urinate and inadvertently contacted the third rail.
Mike Beebe touched the third rail and lived to tell about it.
Officer Plezia parked his personal vehicle and approached the scene, where he heard voices yelling, "Get out of the car!" and "Don't touch the car!" He could not tell if the vehicle was on the electrified third rail. Further, he did not realize the fire soon would spread to the upper part of the vehicle and did not even know if the railroad yet had halted trains or cut power to the third rail.
The Tyneside electric trains still ran despite snow on the electrified third rail which caused arc-ing.
Parliament has of course always been very determined on the question of liberalisation of rail transport, but the fate of domestic rail passenger services was covered by an agreement with the Council as part of the third rail package, in mid-2007.
This will consist of an upper guard rail between 42 and 45 inches, a midrail halfway between the deck and the upper rail and a third rail ten inches above the deck.
There is 750 volts DC running through the third rail and the footage clearly shows the youths flirting with danger and I strongly urge other children who see this not to follow their bad example."
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For those of you whose acquaintance with mass transit may be limited or non-existent, the third rail is the rail on subway tracks that carries the electrical power and has the ability to fry you crisper than something you can buy at KFC if you happen to touch it.
It's the third rail of Hong Kong politics, but Henry Tang, Hong Kong's treasurer, has grasped it.