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.
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.