A rail safety warning sunk into the sidewalks at the VIA Rail Station in Chatham Ontario. Reminding people to look out for and respect trains. It is National Rail Safety Week, September 19-25, 2022. In that vein, as someone who spends a lot of time around trains, and railway tracks as a hobby, I want to point out the importance of doing so safely. It’s not hard, stay off the tracks, and don’t trespassing on railway property. It will keep you alive, and keep those of us who love trains from becoming an unwelcome sight to train crews and railway employees. Trains can come at any time, and as large as they are, they can also be stunningly silent when they approach. It only takes a second for something terrible to happen, don’t ever let your guard down around the tracks.
There is lots of information out there on rail safety. Learn how to be safe, and how to take pictures and watch trains from a safe distance.
- Operation Lifesaver Canada
- Operation Lifesaver USA
- Canadian National Rail Safety Week
- Canadian Pacific Railway RailSense
- Ontario Mental Health Association – Suicide Prevention Resources
Please be safe out there around trains. As I say when I Tweet about my days out Railfanning, #TrainsAreCool, but they are also dangerous, and for all our sake, learn to be safe around trains and don’t take unnecessary risks.