I have memories of sitting in my fourth grade classroom as the visiting police officer scared me witless about trains and railroad tracks. Smashed cars, bodies covered in tarp and enormous engines the size of Godzilla waiting to smack you silly if you let down your guard.
Train safety education has come a long way since then. With 200,000 miles of tracks in the U.S., it is important to know the facts about rail safety.
Operation Lifesaver is a program that provides tools and resources to teachers, the media, and professional drivers about being safe around trains and rail yards. One of the things that I learned from the web site is that a train is three feet wider than the rails on either side. Be safe, not sorry - http://www.oli.org