Here are 10 Rail Safety tips that could save your life:
- Speed Misperception – Because of their size, trains appear to be much further away and travelling much slower than their actual speed. Don’t be fooled!
- Trains Can’t Stop Quickly – The average train needs at least 2 km to stop. Trains can stop, but they can’t stop quickly.
- Trespassing – Taking a shortcut across the tracks or being on railway property is illegal and trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.
- Weight Ratio – An average freight train weighs over 5, 500 tonnes (12 million lbs). Compare that to a car, which weighs about 1.5 tonne (over 3,000 lbs). A train hitting a car is like a car hitting a pop can.
- Railway Cars – Stopped railway cars can move at any time. If you’re on one or near one when it moves, you could lose a limb or worse, your life.
- Tunnels and Bridges – Tunnels, bridges, and trestles are only designed for trains. Trespassers can be seriously injured or killed.
- Overhang – Trains can carry loads that are wider than the railroad cars themselves. They can have chains, straps, or other equipment that may extend outside the car. If you are standing too close, you could get hit.
- Anytime is Train Time – Trains do not always run on a schedule. They can run at any time, on any track and come from either direction.
- CN Police Number – Together we can help to save lives! If you witness any unsafe situation near the railroad, please call 1-800-465-9239.
- Pledge For Safety – Act today. Take the pledge at mysafetypledge.com.
Keep these rail safety tips handy and share them with someone today – help us to save lives!