UP CARES About Your Safety

A young rail fan checks out Big Boy No. 4014 from a safe distance.

When steam locomotives come through your community, it is especially important to remember and emphasize safety. The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet and wider loads can extend even further from the tracks. It is imperative that pedestrians stand back at least 25 feet or more from the tracks to avoid debris and steam or being hit by the train itself.

We understand these events and railroad equipment, especially historic equipment like Living Legend No. 844 and Big Boy No. 4014, are fascinating and we want you to enjoy these moments in time with us; but ask that you please do it safely. Since we know capturing the moment with pictures and video is important to many, please check out Union Pacific's photo policy.

For everyone's safety:

  • Remember, trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
  • A train’s distance from you and its speed can be deceiving.
  • The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet – take extra precaution and stand back at least 25 feet from all railroad tracks..
  • Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and right-of-way are private property – please do not trespass.
  • Never assume tracks are abandoned or inactive – ALWAYS expect a train and assume tracks are active.
  • Hearing protection is recommended.

Safety is a top priority for Union Pacific. We are committed to public safety through various outreach channels and initiatives such as community events, media outreach, local law enforcement partnerships, employee resource groups and Operation Lifesaver. Our UP CARES public safety initiative brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety.

Union Pacific cares about every individual in each community that we serve. We enjoy these events and opportunities to interact with you.