Twin Cities Western Railroad Company

Safety

Operation Lifesaver is an nonprofit, nationwide public education program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths, and injuries at highway-rail intersections and on railroad rights-of-way. It is sponsored cooperatively by a wide variety of partners, including federal, state and local government agencies, highway safety and transportation organizations, and the nation’s railroads.

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Call us at (320) 864-7200 to find out how your school or civic group can participate in Operation Lifesaver.

Presentations are FREE and require approximately 45 mins.

MN Operation Lifesaver Website: www.mnoperationlifesaver.org

SAFETY TIPS

Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency. Never race a train to the crossing – even if it’s a tie, you lose. Do not get trapped on the tracks. Only proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides. If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, immediately get everyone out and far away from the tracks. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance. At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching in either direction. ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules. Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s 18 football fields! Do not be fooled by the optical illusion – the train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.