7 tips to keep you safe around trains

These will help you from becoming a statistic

SHREVEPORT, La. (Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - Over 2,000 people a year are injured by trains. Most of them could have been prevented. Here are few facts you need to know to keep you safe. Rail safety week is in mid-September. September 19-25 in 2022. National Train Day is observed every year on the Saturday closest to May 10.

1. All train tracks are private property. It is illegal to trespass. Don’t ever walk on a railroad bridge. Use the marked crossings paths.

2. The average weight of a locomotive engine is 200 tons. Some can weigh close to 6,000 tons. It can take over a mile to stop a train that size.

3. Advances in technology allows trains to run much quieter than before. Look and listen when crossing the tracks.

4. Trains can extend over three feet on either side of the rails.

5. Trains can be pulled or pushed. A train might start into motion in a direction you are not expecting.

6. When it comes to railroad crossings, the train has the right of way. Even for emergency vehicles.

7. Don’t stop on the tracks. Ever. If your vehicle stalls on train tracks, look for a blue sign with a phone number on it to call or call 911. Stay away from the vehicle in case it does get hit by the train and the flying debris.

For more great information, check out Operation Lifesaver and the United States Department of Transportation.


There is an opportunity to get up close with a special train this holiday season. The KCS Holiday Express is a safe way to see and explore a train up close.

Stay safe out there!

Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Lead content producer for the Ark-La-Tex Weekend as well as Creative Services Producer.