The sound of an oncoming train is dramatic. So too is the anguish in the voices of rail workers and loved ones left to question why unnecessary death and injury has occurred. No matter how long a rail-safety worker has been on the job, it never gets easier. These are stories best told by the people involved – listen for yourself to the audio clips below, then consider booking one of our trained presenters to speak to your group.

  • Train Safety – Crackdown

    Inspector Law says there’s been an alarming increase in the number of pedestrians being killed by trains – many didn’t hear the train coming because they’re listening to music with headphones.

  • Train Safety – Young

    So far this year, at least 24 pedestrians have been struck by trains across Canada. April 30th marks the launch of Rail Safety Week.

  • Train Safety – Pedestrians

    The latest accident numbers show at least 24 people have been struck by trains so far this year – more than double the number in the same period last year.

  • Train Safety – Headphones

    Police and safety officials will be out in force this week to remind people about train safety – and offenders will be charged.

  • Train Safety – Pedestrians

    Safety officials are reminding people that it’s dangerous and illegal to walk along tracks or use them as shortcuts – and rail police will be out in force this week ticketing offenders.

  • Train Safety – Kids

    Di Tota is reminding parents that it’s both dangerous and illegal for anyone to use train tracks as shortcuts.

  • Taking risks at railway crossings causes unnecessary carnage

    Police officer Frank Binder has attended 25 fatal railway incidents – never a pleasant experience. Even more devastating is the fact that such deaths are entirely preventable. Officer Binder warns drivers and pedestrians to never take shortcuts across railway tracks or drive around the crossing gates.

  • Railway safety is not a game

    Listen up sports fans as Edmonton Oilers George Laraque and Marc-Andre Bergeron discuss railway safety – reminding pedestrians and drivers to never walk along railway tracks and to always pay attention at railway crossings.

  • Racing a speeding train is a fast way to die

    Marc-Andre Bergeron of the Edmonton Oilers has a slap shot that can reach 160 kilometers per hour – as fast as a train. In this clip, he reminds drivers that there’s no making it past a train going this fast.

  • At double tracks, two trains means two chances to die

    George Laraque of the Edmonton Oilers reminds drivers and pedestrians to look both ways at railway crossings, especially where there are multiple tracks, where there’s a possibility of several oncoming trains.

  • Heavy trucks vs. trains: dangerous derailments

    Operation Lifesaver’s National Director, Dan Di Tota, speaks with Jim Park on his radio show, Truck Talk, about the importance of truck drivers understanding railway-crossing safety. This is an excellent teaching resource for truck drivers.

  • Even one railway related death or injury is one too many

    All drivers and pedestrians should listen to this clip to hear from Operation Lifesaver’s National Director Dan Di Tota, along with a police officer and a train operator to learn about Railway Safety Week and Operation Lifesaver’s mission to prevent deaths and injuries related to trains. Learn what you can do to support this mission.

  • Without proper care and attention, farm railway crossings can be deadly

    Lee Walker speaks to Laurie Leclair of the Alberta Safety Council about winter driving and the special precautions that drivers must make at this time of year around rural railway crossings.

  • If you think playing around trains is fun, ask yourself, are you willing to lose an arm, a leg, or worse?

    Jock Climie of the Montreal Alouettes tells kids that while he takes chances on the football field he always plays it safe around railway tracks – and they should too.

  • When a train and a car meet in a railway crossing collision, it’s just plain messy

    Jock Climie of the Montreal Alouettes compares a linebacker colliding with a tomato to a collision between a train and a car and warns drivers to never attempt to beat a train.

  • Trespassing and taking risks at railway crossings cause deaths that are completely preventable

    Drivers and pedestrians, listen to Rail Safety Inspector Denis Galarneau as he explains how he ensures that railway tracks and crossings are as safe as possible and learn what part you can play in preventing railway related deaths and injuries.

  • When involved in a collision with a train, only a lucky few survive

    Drivers, listen as a woman describes her early morning collision with a train, in an area she’d travelled many times. She’s lucky to be alive. Don’t press your luck – if you take risks at highway-railway crossings, odds are you’ll end up dead.

  • Don’t make your death a train engineer’s lifelong nightmare

    Drivers and pedestrians, hear firsthand from train engineer Tom Armstrong, about the terror he feels when he sees people making poor decisions around railway tracks.

  • Being in a hurry can kill you

    Officer Frank Binder has seen too many deaths related to trespassing and poor choices made at highway railway crossings when people are in a hurry. He asks drivers and pedestrians to consider whether the possibility of losing their lives is really worth shaving some time off their trip.

  • Lack of attention and carelessness at railway crossings makes for unnecessary deaths

    Lee Walker speaks to Derek Smith of the Manitoba Safety Council about an increase in the number of deaths and injuries in Manitoba that were related to railway collisions and trespassing.

  • Don’t try to beat the train and don’t trespass – your life depends on it

    Minister of Transport Dave Colonette says that too many young people are still being injured walking on railway tracks or taking shortcuts across tracks. He warns young people to never trespass on railway property and to always observe rail-safe behaviors.

  • Winter is the most dangerous time for railway crossing collisions

    Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver, reminds drivers that winter driving conditions can make it difficult to see and hear oncoming trains so it’s important to always approach railway crossings with care and to be prepared to stop.

  • For outdoor winter fun that won’t kill you, stay away from railway tracks

    Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver, reminds New Brunswick’s outdoor enthusiasts that railway tracks do not make good ski or snowmobile trails.

  • This winter, remember, trains don’t stop due to cold weather – but you have to stop for them

    Arminta Kennedy of the Nova Scotia Safety Council warns drivers that winter weather does not mean there are less trains travelling the tracks. She advises drivers to always be on the lookout for freight trains, which can be travelling at any time of day or night.

  • Don’t die while driving in a winter wonderland

    Bert Killian of the Ontario Safety League reminds Ontario drivers that snowy conditions may make it difficult to spot oncoming trains and slippery roads mean that sudden stops won’t be possible.

  • Don’t give in to your temptation to snowmobile near railway tracks or it could become a case of fatal attraction

    Bert Killian of the Ontario Safety League warns Ontario snowmobilers that railway tracks are not a safe place to snowmobile. Helmets and toques may muffle the sound of a train, surprising snowmobile operators and causing a deadly collision.

  • Taking a hit from a train – you wouldn’t stand a chance

    Listen up football fans! Mike Pringle of the Montreal Alouettes says that he takes chances on the field but never in his car when he’s near railway tracks. He reminds drivers to always respect warnings at railway crossings.

  • Play it safe around trains and stay in the game!

    Mike Pringle of the Montreal Alouettes is used to taking hard hits on the football field but he says they’re nothing compared to the force of being hit by a train.

  • For rail safe driving in winter, follow a new set of rules

    Marie Brillon of the Quebec Safety League wants Quebec drivers to pretend they’re driving in a new neighbourhood all winter. When approaching railway crossings she says drivers should be extra observant and reduce their speeds.

  • Survive winter in Saskatchewan: slow down at railway crossings

    Randy Poole of the Saskatchewan Safety Council warns Saskatchewan drivers that winter driving conditions can increase the risk of a railway crossing collision. He advises drivers to keep their speed down and drive without unnecessary distractions.

  • Trying to beat a train at a highway railway crossing is one mistake you may not live to learn from

    Racecar driver Stefany Malanka warns regular drivers that racing to beat the train at highway railway crossings is just a quick way to end your life.

  • Railway warning signals are there to save your life

    Racecar driver Stefany Malanka reminds drivers to pay close attention to signals at highway railway crossings as they mean a train is less than 20 seconds away.

  • Stay alive – don’t ever try to beat a train

    Racecar driver Stefany Malanka warns drivers that driving like you’re in a race and trying to beat a train will just leave emergency crews picking up your pieces.

  • Think you’re faster than a speeding locomotive – think again

    Racecar driver Stefany Malanka knows what speed feels like. She warns drivers that while trains may appear to being going slowly, they can actually reach speeds of up to 160 km/hr – almost as fast as she drives.

  • Stay away from the tracks and stay alive!

    Kids, chilling with your friends on train tracks isn’t cool. It’s trespassing and it could kill you.

  • To get where you’re going, look, listen live

    Hip-hop group TruRez reminds everyone to look for trains and listen for warning signals at railway crossings in order to get home alive.

  • Knowing the truth about rail safety could save your life

    Listen to this song by hip-hop group TruRez to learn the truth about railway safety. Don’t walk along railway tracks and never go through a highway railway crossing without looking first.

  • One mistake at a highway railway crossing will take away your life

    Hip-hop group TruRez warns everyone to stay off train tracks to avoid becoming another death or injury statistic. Look and listen to live another day.

  • Deaths and injuries at highway railway crossings are devastating

    Listen to a man who’s been a train engineer for 21 years describe how he’s haunted by seeing car vs. train collisions. Drivers, be smart and stay out of the path of a train.