Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific Railroad brought the Operation Lifesaver Train 2013 to Delta from Grand Junction for two round trips to Paonia and one round trip to Hotchkiss with a final run to Grand Junction on Sept. 5.
On loan from Union Pacific, the train is a separate entity that provides educational programs throughout the U.S.
The 60-year-old passenger dome cars with comfortable seating and original upholstery provided an enjoyable ride. The train is sent where there are safety issues. Operation Lifesaver was here five years ago and returned now because of the increased number of railroad accidents in the area.
Information was offered on safety at crossings and around trains and railroad tracks in a way that was fun and informative for everyone. Visual aids were used to emphasize some of the safety points including the three Ls — Look! Listen! Live! — and the three Ss — Stay off! Stay Away! Stay Alive!
Operation Lifesaver says, "Our mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety. Our national office in Alexandria, Va., supports state programs developing videos, educational brochures, and instructional information and other materials for audiences of all ages."
Tracy Rossbach, Colorado state coordinator, said she can arrange specific programs for specific groups including Head Start; elementary, middle and high schools; large and small businesses; bus and truck drivers; clubs; organizations; Scouts; first responders; senior citizens; and special events wanting safety information. Programs are absolutely free and can be offered anytime, any day at your convenience. For more information call (303) 759-3677.blog comments powered by Disqus