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Public highway-rail grade crossings are places where the roadway crosses the tracks.  Highway departments and railroad companies marked them for your safety with warning signs.

Learn what they are and watch for them.  They advise you that the road crosses train tracks and the possible presence of a train.

The advanced warning sign is the first sign you see when coming to a highway-rail intersection.
It advises you to slow, look and listen for the train and be prepared to stop if one is coming. 

Pavement markings consist of R X R followed by a stop line closer to the tracks.  Stay behind the stop line while waiting for the train to pass.

Crossbuck signs are found at highway-rail intersections.  They're a sign to yield because trains have the right of way.  Slow down, look, listen and stop if a train approaches.  When there's more than one track,a sign below the crossbuck indicates the number of tracks.

Sometimes the crossbuck signs have flashing red lights and bells.  When the lights begin to flash STOP!  A train is coming and you're legally required to stop.  Make sure all tracks are clear before crossing. 
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Trains are a very important part of our life, they can be fun but they can be dangerous too.  They cannot stop quickly, they're very heavy.  It can take a train up to a mile to stop.

Over 5,000 people have been killed while trespassing on railroad property or rights of way since 1990.  Do not walk, run, cycle or play on or around railroad tracks. 
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A railroad crossing, look for the cars; Can you spell that without any R's?


Train Journey
(from The Adventure of the Copper Beeches)

By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he threw them down and began to admire the scenery. It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and gray roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light green of the new foliage.

© 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle, A. C. (1892, 1981) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Penguin Books, p.269.

The Railway Train

  I like to see it lap the miles,
    And lick the valleys up,
  And stop to feed itself at tanks;
    And then, prodigious, step

    Around a pile of mountains,
    And, supercilious, peer
    In shanties, by the sides of roads;
    And then a quarry pare

   To fit its sides, and crawl between,
Complaining all the while
In horrid, hooting stanza;
Then chase itself down hill

And neigh like Boanerges;
Then, punctual as a star,
Stop--docile and omnipotent--
At its own stable door.

A Train Went Through a Burial Gate

A train went through a burial gate,
A bird broke forth and sang,
And trilled, and quivered, and shook his throat
Till all the churchyard rang;

And then adjusted his little notes,
And bowed and sang again.
Doubtless, he thought it meet of him
To say good-bye to men.

Emily Dickinson

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A railroad track is a highway of parallel steel rails, laid out and fastened to cross ties of wood, resting a crushed rock, gravel, or cinders called ballast and placed on a graded and leveled roadway. 
Tracks support the weight of trains, allows a smooth way for trains to run and guides the wheels of the cars pulled by locomotives
American railroad tracks standard width or guage is 4 feet 8 1/2" between the rails
What is a train?

A train consists of cars coupled together & pulled by a locomotive with lights known as "markers"
This sign means the road you are on crosses a train track. Be careful and look both ways to see if trains are coming before you cross the track.

This sign has lights to tell you when the train is coming. If the lights are flashing, wait for the train to go by before you cross the tracks.

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Always be careful around train tracks. Remember that tracks are only for trains, not for playing.

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