Signs along the road and/or painted
on the pavement tell you a railroad crossing is ahead.
Look in both directions and listen for trains. Many
crossings have multiple tracks so be ready and able
to stop before crossing, if necessary.
You should expect a train on any track,
at any time, traveling in either direction. If you need
to stop after crossing the tracks, make sure your vehicle
clears the crossing before you stop.
A train cannot stop quickly or swerve
out of the way. If you are on the tracks, you risk injury
or death. Never stop on the railroad tracks.
Watch for vehicles that must stop before
crossing the tracks such as buses, school buses, and
trucks transporting hazardous loads.
Flashing red lights mean STOP! Stop
at least 15 feet from the nearest track when:
- The crossing devices are active.
- A person warns you a train is coming.
- You see a train coming.
- You hear the whistle, horn, or bell of an approaching
Do not go around or under lowered
railroad crossing gates, even if you do not see a train.
Wait for the gates to rise. If you
think the gates are not working correctly, call the
railroad emergency number posted near the crossing or
notify the local police or California Highway Patrol.
Cross railroad tracks only at designated
crossings and only when safe to do so.
The same rules apply to trolley crossings
as to train crossings. Do not proceed across the tracks
until you can see clearly in both directions and are
sure that no other trolley or train is coming.
Do not go around or under any closed
NOTE: Trolleys are very quiet
and move more quickly than freight trains.
Diamond shaped signs like those shown
below mean that the load on the truck is dangerous.
CHP or fire department officers know what to do if the
load is accidentally spilled. Vehicles which display
these signs, must stop before crossing railroad tracks.
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