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Railroad safety a priority at model train display

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During the Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display, spectators enjoyed the sights and sounds of model trains.

 "Around the holiday we all go back to the train under the tree," said Patricia Downing, Depot Visitor.

But during the holiday tradition, volunteers from Texas Operation Lifesaver worked to educate spectators on railroad safety.

For drivers and pedestrians alike that means focusing on your surroundings.

 "Look, listen, and live. We need to put away the distractions, the cell phone, the GPS," said Mark Carnes, Volunteer, Operation Lifesaver.

Volunteer Mark Carnes says drivers should remember to wait at a train crossing and never try to beat an approaching train.

As for pedestrians, walking on the railroad tracks is not only dangerous but illegal.

Carnes says trains cannot stop quickly, so those warning signs surrounding the railroad track are there for the public's protection.

 "Focus on the warning signs, the flash signs they're a warning device to warn the public of trains," said Carnes.

At the end of 2012 the Associated Press reported that 32 people died at railroad crossings in Texas.

And volunteers believe that removing everyday distractions can make a difference in keeping people safe.

 "They are distracted by text messages, possibly the children in the back seat. They need to focus when approaching the railroad crossing, where they are and what they are doing to remain safe," said Carnes.

The Texas Operation Lifesaver Volunteers will be at Nacogdoches Railroad Depot again Sunday for their final day of safety training.

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