Rail

Camp teaches railroad safety to teens

Posted on July 1, 2002

West Virginia Operation Lifesaver hosted a five-day camp for kids who were interested in learning more about railroads and how they work. John Perry, state coordinator for West Virginia Operation Lifesaver, said the camp is a good way to teach children about railroads and dispel some common myths about railroad functions. “We take [the kids] out to the railroad and actually let them drive a locomotive,” Perry said. The state-owned South Branch Valley Railroad donates a locomotive to the yearly camp. “This is a favorite activity at the camp, and lets the kids see for themselves that a locomotive going even 10 mph can’t stop on a dime,” he said. Perry said the intense, yet fun, environment promotes greater learning of railroad safety. Campers take two safety tests before and after camp. “This year, on the pre-test, our median score was 61%,” he said. “The post-test was 92%. We feel like we were able to teach the kids some things that helped them.” Along with on-site learning, campers play trivia games, watch videos and attend morning classes to learn about rail safety and the intricacies of railroading. Kids enjoy regular camp activities but spend three days of the camp actually learning on the railroad. Perry adds that the kids also enjoy racing the antique handcar, which the Historical Society in Huntington, W.Va., donates to the camp for the week. “We race them against a stopwatch and radar gun to see their top speed,” he said. “This year’s top speed was around 15.7 mph.” Twenty children between the ages of 12 and 17 attended this year’s camp. The camp is free for the children, who are selected by recommendations made to Operation Lifesaver board members or workers in the rail and safety industry. Perry said donations from corporate sponsors have ensured the camp remains free but, as interest increases, securing funds becomes tougher. Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safety at railroad crossings and awareness of their potential dangers. “As the camp grows we need more and more money to keep it operating, and this year we seem to have generated a lot of publicity,” he said. Perry said that he is receiving inquiries from such states as Maine and Oregon since not every state offers the summer camp. According to Perry, West Virginia Operation Lifesaver may have to raise the number of campers each year to around 40, and conduct two camps each summer. “The way our timeline had it planned was by 2005 to break it up into two camps, but we may have to do it in 2004,” he said. To learn more about the camp or become involved, please visit the West Virginia Operation Lifesaver Website at www.wvol.org.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Omnitrans selects Metrolink vet to lead new rail department

Trischelle Baysden will lead the new rail department as the transit agency prepares to launch Arrow passenger rail service in 2020, connecting Redlands and San Bernardino.

Metra to purchase new, modern seating based on customer feedback

Metra to purchase new, modern seats
Customer feedback results in additional design enhancements

L.B. Foster signs distribution deal with Knorr-Bremse

Will distribute L.B. Foster’s wheel flange lubrication systems for rail vehicles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and South Africa.

Sound Transit secures $88M loan for light rail ops, maintenance facility

The credit agreement is the first of its kind in the nation in supporting four separate Sound Transit projects. It is expected to yield regional taxpayers long-term savings of between $200 million and $300 million in reduced borrowing costs.

Alstom receives contract for Ottowa light rail expansion

The contract is worth almost $223.9 million and part of an effort to extend the Confederation Line further east by 7.5 miles and west by 9.3 miles.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close