Thursday 20 January 2022

Kick-off of Operation Lifesaver’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration

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Operation Lifesaver, the non-profit rail safety education and awareness organisation dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at level crossings and preventing trespassing on or near rail tracks, will celebrate its 50th anniversary throughout 2022.

Since 1972, Operation Lifesaver’s mission has been to empower the public to make safe choices when driving or walking near tracks and trains. Over the past five decades, Operation Lifesaver and its safety partners have helped reduce level crossing incidents by 84 per cent. But there is more work to do – every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

Across the U.S., state Operation Lifesaver programmes and the national Operation Lifesaver, Inc. office will celebrate the milestone with a 50th anniversary logo, social media messaging, a 50th anniversary website landing page and monthly online rail safety trivia games, as well as a focus on Operation Lifesaver’s dedicated authorised volunteers, or OLAVs, who provide free rail safety presentations nationwide.

A specially-painted Amtrak P-42 diesel locomotive, emblazoned on both sides with the message, “See Tracks? Think Train!” was released into service today during a special ceremony at Washington Union Station. The black-and-yellow locomotive commemorates the 50th anniversary of Operation Lifesaver. Amtrak is one of several partners of Operation Lifesaver, which uses the “3 Es – Education, Engineering and Enforcement” to spread its message.


  • Follow Operation Lifesaver on social media and share posts with the #50YearsofRailSafety hashtag throughout the year.
  • Help spread the rail safety message by visiting and sharing Operation Lifesaver’s rail safety tips, brochures, videos and educational resources.

Visit for the latest news and information on Operation Lifesaver’s 50th anniversary celebration.

In 2022 the international conference to launch the 14th ILCAD campaign will be held on 9 June in Denver (Colorado), preceded by a special session on trespass and suicide prevention on 8 June and followed by a technical visit on 10 June.
The event is co-organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC), the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Operation Lifesaver Inc.

Visit and
#safety #ilcad #levelcrossing

For further information, please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Safety Advisor:

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