Railway Lines and Safety

Railway Lines are dangerous. Trespassing on railway property is both dangerous and against the law! While railway property may appear to present convenient routes to view sites, trespassing on railway property is very dangerous and is illegal. Trains cannot stop quickly.

The Canadian Pacific Railway Police Service has supplied the following information for your safety:

Facts About Trespassing

Each year in Ontario about 30 people are killed and another 10 are seriously injured in railway trespassing incidents. Trespassing on railway property is against the law. Entering onto railway property (including; tracks, rights-of- way, bridges or other railway structures) is an offence under the Railway Safety Act (a federal statute). A person convicted of trespassing under this Act is liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year. Entering onto railway property without permission of the railway company is also an offence under the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario, which could result in a person being fined up to $2,000.00 on conviction.

Facts About Trains

Freight trains travel at speeds of up to 90 km/h and passenger trains can travel at speeds as high as 160 km/h. It takes an average freight train, travelling at 90 km/h approximately 1600 metres to come to a stop in an emergency. That is about the distance between St. George and Christie Stations on the Bloor Subway Line. Trains cannot swerve to avoid hitting someone on the tracks. By the time a locomotive engineer sees someone on the tracks it is already too late to stop the train!

Facts About Crossings

The only place people or vehicles are allowed to cross railway tracks is at an authorized crossing. This may be in the form of an overpass, underpass or marked railway crossing. At a railway crossing, watch for and obey all railway crossing warning signs and signals. If a train is approaching, wait for the train to pass and do not start to cross until the crossing’s warning lights have stopped flashing. At all crossings, yield the right-of-way to approaching trains and make sure that there are no other trains coming in the same or opposite direction before you start to cross. Remember–where there is more than one set of tracks; there could be more than one train!

Why Railways Enforce Trespass Laws

Safety. Trespassing on railway property is dangerous and each year people are killed or seriously injured simply because they were where they shouldn’t be; namely on or too close to railway tracks! Railway Safety Starts With You! Enjoy our City’s parks and recreational trails, respect the environment and private property and avoid dangerous places–stay clear of railway property! For more information about safety around railway tracks and trains, visit the Operation Lifesaver web site at: www.operationlifesaver.ca