Rail safety sign trivia in 30 seconds or less

In keeping up with Public-Rail Safety Week, let’s play a quick-hitting game of trivia. Read on to give it a try and then share it with your family and friends. You might be surprised by the results! We’re curious:

What’s the name of the sign above a door through which a person can leave a building?

Wait for it… OK, tell us now. What did you come up with? If you said exit sign, you are right on the money. You’re probably thinking that was super easy. And it was – because the exit sign is one we’ve seen so many times that we instantly know it’s meaning. But what about railway signs? Can you easily recognize the common signs that indicate train tracks ahead? Let’s give it a try:

What is the other name for this railway crossing sign?

If you said crossbuck then you got it! Way to go! The crossbuck indicates that you are at a crossing. Cars and people must stop if a train is coming and let it go by. The crossbuck may or may not be accompanied by flashing lights, bells, and/or gates. Regardless of which devices are present, everything and everyone must stop for the train. Here’s the reality. Being able to recognize and understand railway signs can be the difference between life and death. So let’s make the crossbuck and other railway signs and signals as well known as the exit sign! If you see tracks, always think train and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself alive.

Rail safety refresher

If you’re feeling a bit rusty on the meanings of common railway signs, check out these handy rail safety resources that will get you up to speed in no time. Help us make rail safety a topic of conversation with your family and friends. Visit the Public-Rail Safety Week website, and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow the #prsw2014 hashtag throughout the week to get in on the conversation. And always remember: See Tracks? Think Train!   Public-Rail Safety Week 2014 Poster