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Rail Safety at Folk Festival

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 1:51 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 22, 2012

Contact: Fred Hirsch 945-6878

MORE TRAINS; MORE VIGILANCE NEEDED AT FOLK FESTIVAL

An increase in the number of trains through Bangor recently means American Folk Festival attendees this weekend should be more aware of railroad activity, advises Maine Operation Lifesaver, an educational organization dedicated to prevention of tragedy on and around railroad tracks. The railroad’s main line, which will remain active throughout the weekend, bisects the festival area. Through the years, thanks to public awareness and law enforcement, there have been few incidents along the tracks during the three-day event, but the danger exists.

When a train passes through the folk festival grounds, even at the slowest of speeds, because of its multi-million pound weight it may take hundreds of feet to come to a complete stop. If a train does stop, festival goers should never attempt to climb over or under the cars as it may start moving again without notice.

Other tips for fairgoers:

 A train can operate at any time on any day, and from either direction.

 Don’t try to hop on a train for a ride.

 Don’t place objects on the tracks.

 Never walk on the tracks. It’s private property.

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