Get Ready for Rail Safety Week

Look, Listen and Be Safe

Everyday trains operate on 6,692 km of railway tracks across British Columbia. These trains are an important part of our transportation network, not only transporting people and goods, but moving necessary supplies to communities all over the province. In September, get on track for Rail Safety Week.

As busy as the train networks are, tracks often seem deserted which is pretty deceiving. Don’t forget the dangers of crossing the railway tracks. Make sure to recognize the signs of an oncoming train and also what to do in case of an emergency. Although trains may not look fast, they can travel up to 160 km/h sometimes even taking up to 2 km to come to a complete stop. That’s not exactly stopping on a dime. Trains can’t swerve out of your way so it is important to learn how to stay out of theirs.

So, for Rail Safety Week, remember to stay safe and:

  • Expect a train and proceed onto the tracks with caution.
  • Look and listen for signals. A signal can be a marked “X” on the road, or a stop sign in front of the track. It can also be red lights and a bell or like in the photo above a bell and a gate.
  • Stay put, don’t drive around a gate. It’s not only illegal but can have deadly consequences.
  • Keep moving; do not stop on the tracks! Make sure there is enough time to get from one side to the other.
  • Call 911 immediately in case of an emergency. Also, look for the 1-800 emergency notification number, posted on or near the crossing signal, to notify railway personnel of emergency situations.

Always remember to look, listen and be safe when crossing railway tracks. For more information on Rail Safety Week events visit Operation Lifesaver.

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