Photographer Safety Tips
Stay Off, Stay Away and Stay Alive
- Trains cannot stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the track. They often take up to a mile or more to stop.
- Vehicles should never stop on a Railroad Grade Crossing.
- No person or vehicle should be within 15′ of the nearest rail.
- Never stand between the rails – trains can overhang the tracks 3′ or more on either side.
- An optical illusion makes it difficult to determine a train’s distance from you and its speed.
- Railroad Tracks, Bridges, Trestles, Yards and Right of Ways are private property.
- Never assume a track is abandoned or inactive. A train could approach from either direction without warning.
- Streetcars are considered rail vehicles and have the same Right of Way as any train.
Railroad Crossing ENS – Every railroad grade crossing is equipped with an Emergency Notification System sign. This small blue sign lets you know who owns the railroad, the crossing ID#, and their emergency phone number. If someone is stuck on the crossing, if there is a problem with the signal or any other life safety emergency, please call the number and report it to the railroad.