What I’m going to suggest will probably have the risk assessment people doubling over in laughter, but since I’m merely a retired locomotive engineer—not an attorney or a bean counter—my perspective is totally different. It’s void of possible legal implications and liability concerns that cause simple, straight forth suggestions from well-intentioned front line employees, to be summarily dismissed by management. Before you toss this in the mental wastebasket, please hear me out.
Graphic billboards showing a cast on a person’s leg with the caption, “I raced a train and all I got was this lousy full-body cast”; two feet poking out from a white sheet in a morgue with the tagline, “I raced a train and all I got was this lousy toe tag”; and depicting a cemetery headstone with the inscription, “I raced a train and all I got was this lousy tombstone”, are all part of Norfolk Southern’s “Train Your Brain” public safety program, which warns motorists and pedestrians of the (literally) grave consequences of disregarding railroad signals and trespassing on railroad property.
Operation Lifesaver has taken note that deaths and injuries from crossing crashes and pedestrian-train incidents rose in the first four months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
Railroaders and racers have many characteristics in common. Two of them are teamwork and tenacity. When trouble strikes, they rise to the occasion and band together, working safely and efficiently to recover and keep going.