Rail and Transit

Rail and Transit

There are approximately 443 miles of active railroad in New Hampshire. 1

did you know - at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian New Hampshire is the largest railroad owner with over 200 miles of active line, purchased to preserve freight service to industry or promote tourism and economic development.1 There are eight freight railroads that operator in the state, and freight volumes are keeping pace with national trends.1 The short line and regional railroads that operate in NH provide an economical alternative to shippers, especially for heavy bulk commodities.1 One railroad car equals 3-4 truckloads; this can help relieve highway congestion and wear and tear on roadways.1

Safety Tips:
  • Look twice: Look both ways and listen before crossing the tracks. Expect a train at any time.
  • Heads up: Avoid distractions, such as texting, loud music, or headphones that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.
  • Stand back: Always stay behind the yellow lines at train stations.
  • Stay off the tracks: Never walk, bike, skateboard or run on or along the tracks. It is illegal and dangerous. Cross only at designated rail crossings.
  • Hold hands: Hold hands with small children while at stations and crossings.
  • Just wait: Don’t ever try to “beat” a train. An approaching train is closer and moves faster than you think. Don’t assume the operator sees you.
  • See something, say something: Report suspicious packages, activities and/or persons by calling 911.

Emergency Notification System (ENS) signs

These signs are posted at or near a highway-rail grade crossing, lists a telephone number along with the crossing’s US Department Of Transportation number and is used to notify the railroad of an emergency or warning device malfunction.

report a railroad problem

rail stop track tragedies

To learn more visit the New Hampshire Operation Lifesaver

1 New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Rail and Transit.
2 Operation Lifesaver. Stay Safe. Know the facts.