Railway Safety, its not that hard, if the gates have started to go down, and the lights are flashing, don’t cross the tracks. There is a little bit of forced perspective from a telephoto lens, and VIA Train 85 is moving very slowly as it departs Kitchener’s station heading west as the crew waits on the gates activating and going down, but this kid rushing the lights is putting themselves squarely in harms way, they don’t know that a 2nd train isn’t coming by faster on the other track, or they could have misjudged the speed of the train. As a railfan, every time I’m out at the lineside (and always off railway property, but thats a rant for another day) taking pictures near a crossing, seeing people run the crossing signals gives me a lump in my throat, I can only imagine the feeling of the crews in the cabs of a locomotive knowing that there is nothing they can do to stop or avoid a collision if someone misjudges running in front of them or stops.
If you’re an educator or a parent, and you run across this post, pleast teach your students or your children railway safety. Operation Lifesaver is out there, talk to them for info for your classroom or your home: