Railroad Crossing Sign - Meaning

All you need to know about the Railroad Ahead sign: definition, color, shape, type of sign, what to do and more

Railroad Crossing Sign
Type: warning sign
Color: yellow and black
Shape: circle
Location: before railroad crossings

What does a Railroad Advance Warning sign mean?

A Railroad Crossing sign warns drivers that a railroad crossing is ahead. The "RXR" sign is posted before a railroad crossing, while pavement markings may be painted prior to a crossing, before the stop line.
When approaching a railroad crossing, look in both directions and listen for trains. Slow down and be prepared, if necessary, to stop so as to let trains pass before you proceed. If there is more than one track, make sure all tracks are clear before crossing. Never stop on the railroad tracks. If you need to stop after crossing the railroad tracks, wait until you can cross all of the tracks before proceeding.

What type of sign is the Railroad Crossing sign?

The Railroad Ahead sign is a warning sign. It alerts drivers about a condition requiring special attention.

What color(s) is the Railroad Crossing sign?

The Railroad Crossing Ahead sign is yellow with black graphics and lettering.

What shape are Railroad Crossing signs?

Railroad Advance Warning signs are in the shape of a circle, with black "RR" letters and an "X" symbol representing the railroad crossing.

Where are Railroad Advance Warning signs installed?

Railroad Advance Warning signs are posted a few hundred feet before a railroad crossing.
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Railroad Crossing Sign - What To Do

When you see a Railroad Crossing Sign while driving, you should:

• look in both directions and listen for trains
• slow down and be ready to stop if a train is approaching
• let any trains pass before you proceed
• never stop on the railroad tracks
• remember that passing is prohibited at all railroad crossings
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