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Signs You’ll See Living Near Train Tracks

Trains are still an efficient way to move a lot of cargo in a short amount of time, especially if that cargo is too heavy or bulky to put on a plane. If you own property near a track, however, you should see these regulatory signs in the right places; if not, you should petition for them to protect your property and the roads nearby.

Stop and Yield

Most tracks should have a stop or yield sign before the spot where they intersect with the road, indicating that the passing train has the right of way. If the standard signage isn’t in place, drivers may see two white rectangles crisscrossing with the words “Railroad Crossing” and should treat that sign the same way as a yield.


If you live in a railroad hub, you might have multiple tracks running through the same vicinity and cross several at once on your daily commute. Often, more than one train may run at the same time in different directions, so you’ll have to keep an eye out.

Every time you stop at a railroad crossing, once the initial train passes, check for additional trains that might be coming along the same track or an adjacent one. Don’t try to duck through the space between two trains; just wait it out.

Emergency Numbers

Many places along the track, but especially at an intersection, you’ll find a sign indicating the local phone number and crossing number. This information becomes crucial if a car is stuck on the track or another problem comes up.

At least one driver near the emergency will need to call the listed number and give the crossing number, as well as any other necessary information. Posting the number near likely accident sites makes it easier to address them in a short amount of time. 

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