CHICAGO (CBS) — A distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.
The Armour Yellow Union Pacific streamliner looks right out of the 1950s, but it has a message that is very 21st century: “Stop, Look, Listen and Live.”READ MORE: Willowbrook Wildlife Center Overcrowded As Veterinarians See Surge In Injured Animals
“Operation Lifesaver” is a railroad industry-sponsored program that urges people to stay out of harm’s way by taking off their headphones and earbuds when crossing tracks, and never going around downed gates or trespassing on railroad tracks as a shortcut.
A Northwestern University analysis found that, between 2004 and 2010, someone walked or drove in front of a Metra train on the average of once every 10 days. Most of the resulting deaths were accidental, not suicides.READ MORE: Rollover Crash On Lake Shore Drive Closes Northbound Lanes Between Fullerton And Belmont Avenues
The train gives those on board — including elected officials and first responders — an engineer’s eye view of what is up ahead. Video screens in each car will show a closed-circuit feed from a camera mounted aboard the lead engine.
Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said the train operated Tuesday on the Union Pacific North Line between Ogilvie Transportation Center, in the West Loop, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.MORE NEWS: Brookfield Zoo Hosting Blood Drive Wednesday; Free Admission With Donation
On Wednesday, it is scheduled to operate on the UP Northwest Line, between Chicago and far northwest suburban Harvard.