Essex Steam Train Issues Cautionary Reminder on Safety at Railroad Crossings
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat has issued a reminder to friends and neighbors in the Lower Connecticut River Valley that train frequency will be increasing during October through December on their 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.