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Did You Know?








  • Every weekday, Rail Runner trains make 22 trips through points between Santa Fe and Belen.

  • There over 100 crossings in the 96.5 mile Rail Runner corridor.

  • Trains are heavy and may travel at high speeds – taking them a long time to stop. Also, they cannot swerve as they’re running along the train tracks.

  • In 2012 the Rail Runner carried 1.13 million people on our railway.

  • The average train car is 85 feet long and weighs 120 tons (240,000 pounds) – that’s the equivalent of 30 elephants!

  • Top speed for the Rail Runner is 79 mph.

  • As well as risking your life, being on or near train tracks is a misdemeanor.

  • safety-train-crossing

    Never throw things at a train or place things on the tracks; you could get hurt or even derail the train.

  • At any time of the day, you may find yourself near a train with 2 to 5 railcars that may or may not stop at a station.

  • Not every train crossing is marked with warning bells, lights or gates.

  • Even in full emergency, it can take a train a mile or more to stop. This means if the engineer can see you, it is already too late to stop for you.

  • Trains are sometimes pushed by locomotives instead of being pulled. Always expect a train, on any tracks, in either direction.

  • 90 percent of all rail deaths are caused by trespassing and vehicles crossing in front of a moving train.

  • Where locomotive wheels make contact with the rail the total area is not much larger than a silver dollar.

  • If there are two or more tracks, it means two trains can be traveling in the same or different directions at the same time.