Railroad Property Facts
Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and
equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal trespassers
are subject to arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.
There are 200,000 miles of railroad tracks in the United States.
Since 1990, more than 5,000 people have been killed while trespassing on railroad rights-of-way and property.
Trains cannot stop quickly. A
freight train moving at 55 miles per hour, or an 8- car passenger train moving at 79 miles
per hour, can take a mile or more to stop.
DO NOT walk, run, cycle or operate all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks or rights-of-way or through tunnels.
Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
DO NOT hunt, fish or bungee jump from railroad trestles. They are not designed to be sidewalks or pedestrian bridges there is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.
DO NOT attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time. A slip of the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.
ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Trains DO NOT follow set schedules.
REMEMBER: rails and recreation DO NOT mix!
Grade Crossing Facts
In 1999, at least 399 people were killed and 1,360
seriously injured in 3,420 highway-rail grade crossing collisions (combined for public and
At least 467 people were killed and 433 were injured while trespassing on railroad rights-of- way and property.
Approximately every two hours, either a vehicle or a pedestrian is struck by a train in the United States. Thats 12 incidents each day!
A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.
There are approximately 260,000 public, private and pedestrian at-grade highway-rail crossings in the United States.
More people die in highway-rail grade crossing crashes in the United States each year than in all commercial and general aviation crashes combined.
Nearly 50 percent of vehicle/train collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights, bells).
Most crashes occur within 25 miles of the
Trains CANNOT stop quickly.
Average train stopping distances:
A freight train at 55 mph = a mile or more or 18 football fields!
8-car passenger train stopping distance:
79 mph = a mile or more or 18 football fields!
The majority of highway-rail crashes occur when the train is traveling less than 30 mph.
Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal trespassers are subject to arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.
(*Preliminary 1999 Federal Railroad Administration statistics)
Information from the Operation Lifesaver website
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