Pedestrian and Driver Safety

Trains are cool and fun, but dangerous to be around. Following these safety measures, and being aware of the signals and signs around railroad tracks and rail crossings, will help keep you safe.

Safety Measures

  • Cross railroad tracks only at designated areas.
  • Look both ways before crossing!
  • Trains may not always sound their horns in Quiet Zones.
  • Don't walk on the tracks. It's dangerous, against the law.
  • Never play near or around railroad tracks.
  • Learn and follow railroad warning signs.
  • Don't go around or under when crossing arms are down.

Know the Signs & Signals

Signs and warning devices are all along roads that cross railroad tracks to warn or guide traffic and to provide safety messages.

Girl Crossing a Rail Tracks
  1. Before the Crossing
  2. On the Road
  3. Signs at the Crossing
  4. Devices at the Crossing
  5. Signs Along Railroad Property

Advance Warning Sign

Rail Road Advance Warning SignThese signs warn you that railroad tracks are ahead. Watch out! This sign also tells you to slow down, look and listen because you may have to stop, and it shows which way the tracks cross the road.

Quiet Zone

Quiet Zone Warning SignTrains do not blow their horns in these areas, but the engineer can still sound the horn in emergency situations. You may not hear a train coming and because of this, you need to be extra careful at these crossings and look both ways!

Advance Warning Signs for Side Streets

Raill Road Side Street Warning SignThese signs warn that train tracks will appear immediately after making either a right or left turn and remind drivers to be prepared if a train is coming.

Why You Need to Be Careful Around Trains

  • Trains cannot stop quickly.
  • Trains cannot swerve out of the way for people or things on the tracks.
  • Trains can weigh up to 6,000 tons! If a train were to hit a car, it would be like a car running over a soda can.
  • A train may extend three feet or more beyond the tracks.
  • Trains can come at any time.
  • Trains move in either direction at any time.
  • Trains may be very quiet and may not give any warning.