Driving Safety Tips
1. Approach crossing with care. Slow down when you see an Advanced Warning Sign.
2. Stop at least 20 feet from nearest rail but not more than 50 feet , if you see a train.
3. Never drive around lowered gates - it's illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call your local law enforcement agency.
4. Never race a train to the crossing
5. Do not get trapped on the tracks. Only proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing if you are sure you can clear the crossing completely without stopping. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, use a gear that will not require shifting.
6. Keep going once you start, even if lights start to flash or gates come down.
7. If your vehicle ever stalls on a track while a train is coming, immediately get out and move away at a 45-degree angle from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. If you run in the same direction the train is traveling, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. When you are safely away from the tracks, call your local law enforcement agency or 911 immediately for help.
8. Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That's 18 football fields!
9. Do not be fooled - the train you see is closer and faster moving than you think.
10. Modern trains are quieter than ever, with no telltale "clackety-clack." Also, an approaching train will always be closer and moving faster than you think.
11. Always expect a train! Cross the tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
12. A train may extend three feet or more outside the steel rail, which makes the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the rails themselves.
Pedestrian Rail Safety Tips
1. Trains can move in either direction at any time. Trains are sometimes pushed by locomotives instead of being pulled, especially commuter and light rail passenger service.
2. Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and obey all warning signs and signals.
3. Never walk down a train track; it's illegal and it's dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer can see a trespasser or a vehicle on the tracks, it is too late! The train cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
Rail and recreation do not mix!
1. At bridges, tunnels, trestle, railroad rights-of-way, and railroad yards, you will see large NO TRESPASSING signs. This means YOU. If you attempt to ride an ATV or a snowmobile, or hike on the tracks, a bridge, or a trestle or even walk near the tracks, in the Town of Abington, you will be arrested and fined. But most of all for your safety, it is dangerous because you never know when a train may be approaching.
2. Flashing Red Lights with bells and gates are used to close the road when a train approaches. It is illegal to go around the gates. Going around the gates makes the driver legally liable for any injuries, deaths, or damage to property.
A typical locomotive weighs approximately 400,000 pounds or 200 tons. When railcars are added to the locomotive, the train can weigh well over 6,000 tons.