Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.
Rail crossing warning signs and devices
Look for rail crossing warning signs and devices
- The advance warning sign is a round, yellow sign bearing the lettering RXR.
- The "X" is very large, covering the full diameter of the sign. It is usually the first warning you will see that you are approaching a railroad crossing.
- Slow down, look and listen for an approaching train. Look ahead to pinpoint the location of the crossing. At this point you still have plenty of time to stop if a train is coming.
- As you approach the crossing you may see a large RXR painted on the pavement.
- As with the advance warning sign, the "X" will be very large in comparison to the two R's. Behind this warning will be a stop line painted closer to the tracks.
- Stay behind this line to be safe from a train when it passes.
- So called "crossbuck" signs have the words "RAILROAD" and "CROSSING" in black and white assembled in a large "X" configuration.
- If there is more than one set of tracks this sign will also tell how many tracks there are on a separate sign below the crossbuck.
- As you approach, look and listen for an approaching train. The crossbuck sign means the same as a yield sign, which means that if a train is approaching you must yield and let the train pass. A recently enacted state law will require that a YIELD sign be placed below the crossbuck sign at crossings that do not have stop signs or red flashing light signals. This is being done to further emphasize that a crossbuck sign means that you must yield to trains.
- Many crossbuck signs have red lights and bells attached. Some even have gates which cross the traffic lane.
- If the lights begin to flash or the bells begin to ring, STOP! A train is coming.
- You must yield to the train and remain stopped until the lights have stopped flashing and the gates have lifted.
- If there are multiple tracks, make sure the train you see isn't hiding another one you don't see.
- Sometimes when the lights don't stop flashing or the gate doesn't go up immediately after the passage of a train, it means there's another train approaching. In this case, impatience to get back on the road could be deadly.
Questions about the content of this page:
Jonathan Davidson, email@example.com
Last modified: August 21, 2012
All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation does not testify to, sponsor or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages. Some pages contain links to other documents and media types (PDF, Word, Flash, Video, etc.) and require free plugins to work. Visit our software information page for assistance.