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PSA: Safety at Railroad Crossings in Haddam

Submitted by Maureen Quintin, Essex Steam Train.

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat would like to remind our friends and neighbors in the lower valley that train frequency will be increasing during October through December on our tracks in Essex, Deep River, Chester, and Haddam. In particular daytime train activity will be increasing on tracks between Chester and Goodspeed Station in Haddam.

When approaching STOP signs, motorists and pedestrians are legally required to come to a complete stop at the white stop line, and yield to any approaching rail traffic. When facing flashing lights and/or gates, crossing users must STOP and wait for trains to pass/lights and gates to shut off.

Additionally, pedestrians, bicycles, and motorized vehicles are never allowed on railroad tracks except at a legal crossing location. Emergency contact phone numbers are located at all railroad crossings in the event of problems. The railroad is working with local law enforcement on issues of motorist compliance at crossings throughout the valley.

Questions can be directed to Rob Bradway, Vice President of Track and Property, at 860-964-3422.

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