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Stop Track Tragedies by having CP RailSense

Not having RailSense can bring with it tragedy and serious consequences. Not only to you, but to your family, your community and the men and women who operate CP's trains and police CP's network.

The CP RailSense program, through education and targeted communications and outreach, asks you to be situationally aware around the railway.

Our goal is simple: encourage safe behaviour around tracks and trains, and eliminate injuries and fatalities*.

Hundreds of North Americans are killed each year in preventable incidents with trains.

In the U.S., a person is hit by a train every 3 minutes.

Chances of survival are slim for trespassers. Those who do survive often suffer from life-altering injuries, including amputation.

* 2017 Statistics:

  • 141 crossing incidents. 19 fatalities. 21 serious injuries. (Source: TSB Canada) 
  • 81 trespasser incidents. 53 fatalities. 23 serious injuries. (Source: TSB Canada)
  • 2,115 crossing incidents. 271 fatalities. 826 injuries. (Source: preliminary FRA statistics)
  • 1,020 trespasser incidents. 535 fatalities. 507 injuries (Source: preliminary FRA statistics)

Stay safe near the railway

  • Don’t bike down or near railway tracks
  • Don’t use railway tracks or the adjoining right-of-way as an ATV path
  • Never walk on railway bridges
  • Keep your dog on leash at all times around railway property
  • Only cross tracks at designated crossings. Railway lines are private property, and walking on them constitutes trespassing. The only safe, legal place to cross a rail line is at a marked grade crossing
  • Every rail crossing in North America has a 24-hour toll-free emergency number posted. If you ever see something unsafe around the tracks, call immediately
  • If you’re concerned about someone’s mental health and their interest in train tracks call your nearest mental health support line to get them help
  • If your vehicle is stalled on the tracks get out, get away. Call the emergency number on the crossing or 911


Rail Safety Week

Canada and the U.S. now observe Rail Safety Week during the same week. From September 23 to 29th, 2018, Operation Lifesaver Canada and Operation Lifesaver U.S. will work in partnership with CP, the rail industry, government, police, unions, and many public organizations and community groups to highlight safe practices around railway property.


Learn more about rail safety through our partner in rail safety advocacy, Operation Lifesaver  Canada | U.S.

CP RailSense posters



If you are a parent or teacher, use this presentation material​ to talk to kids classes or groups about rail safety.

Or request an Operation Lifesaver presentation from one of our officers or volunteers.

Follow Operation Lifesaver on social media to spread rail safety reminders year-round. Canada | U.S.

 See a problem around the tracks?

Report it to CP Police at:


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 Did you know?

Trains and railway property are private property. 

Walking on railway property is trespassing and illegal. This property includes the right-of-way, which extends 50 feet from either side of the track.

In Canada, federal offences under the Railway Safety Act range as high as $10,000. Fines vary by province.

In the U.S., felony trespass can result in up to 4 years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. This varies by local and state jurisdictions.

Learn more about the CP Police