Train Safety

Train Safety

• Always expect a train at each road-rail intersection.

• All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks. Not only is it illegal to trespass, it is also highly dangerous.

• The average locomotive weighs about 400,000 pounds or 200 tons. This makes the weight ratio of a car to a train proportional to that of a soda can to a car.

• Trains have the right of way 100 percent of the time over emergency vehicles, cars, the police and pedestrians. This fact also applies to workers.

• A train can extend three feet or more beyond the rail, putting the pedestrian safety zone beyond three feet. In rural areas, there may not be barriers. If in doubt, back up from the tracks.

• Trains can move in either direction at any time. This is especially true in passenger service.

• Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.” Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.

• Remember to cross train tracks only at designated crossings. The warning signs and signals/gates are there for a reason.

• Obey all signs and signals. New to some are “another (second) train coming” signs. This means there is another train approaching from the opposite direction. Be sure to point this out to those not familiar with it.

• Stay alert around trains. No texting, headphones or other distractions.

According to Operation Lifesaver, every three hours, a train hits a person or vehicle. Do not be a statistic. Remember: “If you see tracks –Think Train.”