Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Lovers of all things locomotive know that Saturday is National Train Day, where the role that the railroads played in building our nation is celebrated.
The doors of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at the Depot, in Duluth, were wide open for Northlanders to take part in the festivities.
While workers finish the North Shore Scenic Railroad Bridge at 36th Avenue East, passengers aboard the Lakefront Zephyr still had the chance to soak in the sunshine on a shortened route along the Lakewalk.
But Operation Lifesaver spokespeople say with admiration, comes the need to stress safety.
Locomotive Engineer Barry Kilner says the vast majority of train–related collisions are preventable, and occur when people think they can either beat the train at a crossing, or are trespassing.
"If you're in your car and you're at 55 mph, on good road conditions, and you see an emergency, you slam on your breaks," said Kilner, "that's 200 feet to stop your car. On a train, it's at least a mile."
Kilner says to always remember the slogan "see tracks; think trains."
He adds that being stopped at a crossing can be a great chance to take a break from the day, and soak in the passing graffiti.