Posts Tagged ‘Operation Lifesaver’

OLI Awards Grants to Ohio, Indiana, Pa. Chapters

April 22, 2022

Operation Lifesaver chapters in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, will receive a share of $200,000 in grant funding to be awarded by the national Operation Lifesaver organization in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration.

In a news release, OLI said the funding will be used for public education projects to be conducted during Rail Safety Week Sept. 19-25.

The programs will involve public awareness campaigns and community events.

Grants were awarded through a competitive process based on such criteria as the defined safety need, the number of crossing collisions in the state and how the proposal uses the funding sought.

Other grant recipients include OLI organizations in California, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Posner Foundation Renews OLI Grant

March 5, 2022

The Pittsburgh-based Posner Foundation has renewed its annual grant funding commitment to Operation Lifesaver.

OLI said in a news release that the grant is used for various projects, including a competitive grant program for public education activities with OLI state programs.

The news release did not specify the amount of the grant. Previous Posner Foundation grants have been used for rail-crossing and pedestrian safety programs; state OLI programs; expanded national rail safety volunteer efforts; and expanding the rollout of OLI’s Railroad Investigation and Safety Course.

Trestle Tales: Finding the Out of the Ordinary

February 7, 2022

Rivers are not static. They shift course and their levels rise and fall. These developments can damage bridge abutments as happened in spring 1985 when NS had to reroute some trains and issue slow orders for others until the Painesville trestle over the Grand River could be repaired (top photo).

Over time, some bridge abutments have been replaced, the results of which can be seen in the images of the Triple Crown RoadRailer trains crossing the trestle in April 1989.

The former Nickel Plate Road route between Cleveland and Buffalo never had the high level of traffic as the parallel CSX and former New York Central route, but it had its share of out-of-the ordinary sightings.

On Oct. 27, 2004, Norfolk Southern sent an Operation Lifesaver train from Rockport Yard in Cleveland to Ashtabula and back.

The encroaching vegetation is evident on the east end of the bridge as compared to what it was in the views recorded 15 years earlier.

Another unique movements that crossed the trestle was the eastbound Lake Shore Limited using the NS route due to a CSX derailment in Painesville. Amtrak Train 48 was photographed on Oct. 13, 2007.

On July 23, 2015, a large crowd of railfan photographs turned out to photograph Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 no. 765 cross another NKP institution on a ferry move from Cleveland (Rockport Yard) to Ashtabula to be in position to pull public excursions between Ashtabula and Youngstown.

Finally, on Aug. 3, 2016, the NS business train led by F units passed through Painesville.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

OLI Campaign Targets Farm Equipment

January 24, 2022

Operation Lifesaver is targeting farmers and operators of large farm equipment in its latest safety campaign.

The organization has created material designed to help operators of farm machinery avoid incidents around railroad tracks.

The materials include auto and video public service announcements, rail safety presentations, and a rail safety sticker.

The campaign has a particular focus on such youth organizations as 4-H and the Future Farmers of America.

In a news release announcing the program, OLO noted that 2020 preliminary Federal Railroad Administration statistics showed that 325 crossing collisions occurred at private rail crossings and resulted in 22 fatalities and 111 injuries.

Amtrak Creates OLS Tribute Locomotive

January 13, 2022

In conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak has repainted P42DC No. 203 with a special livery to honor the 50th anniversary of OLS.

The locomotive features a black and yellow scheme that replicates a railroad crossing warning sign and bears the OLS slogan, “See Tracks? Think Train.”

The tribute unit was shown off this week during a ceremony in Washington. It was repainted by the Amtrak Beech Grove shops near Indianapolis.

No. 203 returned to revenue service following the ceremony at Washington Union Station.

OLS was founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting railroad safety and conducts national campaigns seeking to reduce railroad-related collisions, deaths, and injuries.

It has programs in 46 states and uses trained volunteers to provide safety presentations to law enforcement, first responders, school-aged children, school bus operators, truck drivers and student drivers among others.

No. 203 was assembled by General Electric in October 2001 and is expected to pull trains throughout Amtrak’s national network.

OLI Chapters Awarded Grant Funds

May 27, 2021

Operation Lifesaver in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh has awarded grants to chapters in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio for grade crossing safety and trespassing prevention projects.

The grants in partnership with the FRA totaled $200,317 and were made to Operation Lifesaver programs in 12 states while the Posner Foundation grants totaled $245,317 in combined grant funds.

The FRA-funded grants will be awarded to OLI chapters in Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.

Most of the Posner Foundation grant money is being awarded in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and New Jersey.

All of the grants were awarded through a competitive process.

Pa., Indiana OLS Chapters Receive Grants

May 15, 2021

Operation Lifesaver chapters in Indiana and Pennsylvania will receive $200,000 in Federal Highway Administration grants for grade crossing safety education projects.

The projects entail launching public awareness campaigns and hosting events to provide safety tips to target audiences.

Many of these events will be conducted during Rail Safety Week, set for Sept. 20-26.

The projects will use advertising on radio, cable television and digital platforms; social media; geofencing, and personal outreach.

Also receiving grants were OLS chapters in California, Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington state.

Posner Foundation Donates to Operation Lifesaver

February 25, 2021

The Posner Foundation of Pittsburgh said this week it will give Operation Lifesafer a $125,000 grant for 2021.

In a news release, OLI said that grant would be used to help fund expanded rail safety education campaigns throughout the United States.

This will include funding for a competitive grant program that helps to underwrite public education activities.

OLI is also working to provide funding for state programs to provide educational materials and for the rollout of OLI’s new Railroad Investigation and Safety Course.

OLI Reached 2.5M in 2019

December 17, 2020

Operation Lifesaver said this week that during 2019 it reached 2.5 million people through training classes, presentations and events.

OLI said this was a 56 percent increase from the 1.6 million reached in 2018.

In 2019, OLI said it conducted more than 21,000 presentations, training classes and events, an increase of 5 percent over 2018.

The group’s 2019 annual report said it had revenue of $2.2 million, including $1.3 million from government grants and awards, $125,00 from foundation grants and $745,700 from contributions. OLI reported expenses of $2 million.

OLI Offering Investigations Course

December 15, 2020

Operation Lifesaver is offering railroad investigation and safety courses to first responders.

The course, which is offered at no cost to those taking it, was developed by railroad police and OLI officials to introduce first responders to the process of investigating a rail incident from start to finish.

The course also offers instruction in on-scene safety information when investigating a railroad incident.

OLI has 75 RISC instructors available to teach the course across, which can be offered in person and virtually.