Train Safety TipsFreight trains are now operating through Santa Rosa. Railroads have been an important part of transportation for over 150 years, and people from all walks of life are interested in trains.
Expect a TrainAlways expect a train. Modern trains are faster and quieter than ever before. A train can arrive suddenly - almost before you can hear it coming. Freight trains do not follow set schedules-any time is train time.
WalkingDon't walk along the tracks even if you are familiar with the area. Short-cutting through or hanging out along the tracks is not only dangerous, it's also illegal.
RacingNever race a train to the crossing - even if you tie, you lose. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
StoppingTrains can't stop quickly. A freight train can take up to a mile to come to a complete stop. A locomotive engineer who suddenly sees someone on the tracks is not be able to stop in time.
CrossingCross only at designated crossings. The only safe place to cross is at designated public crossings which are indicated by a crossbuck sign, specially designed, paved crossing surface, flashing red lights or a gate.
Crossing the tracks at a public crossing is very different from crossing a street-at a rail crossing, the trains will not stop for you. Look both ways before crossing, freight trains travel in both directions and do not follow set schedules.