Operation Lifesaver

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad is dedicated to railway safety and has committed funds and resources to Operation Lifesaver, a program designed to educate members of our community through a series of free seminars and accompanied depot tours. operation lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a great program for any school or organization interested in a fun, educational activity. We can organize a free one-hour presentation at your school, church, or other facility on any weekday.
If you prefer, you can choose to have your group visit your choice of depots (Springdale, Fayetteville, Rogers or Van Buren) for a guided tour of the facilities along with an optional one-hour excursion. There is a small fee for the train ride portion of the program to help cover expenses as follows:


Operation Lifesaver & Community Service


”Safety is not a job, its our daily operation.”
-J. Reilly McCarren, Chairman

A&M is dedicated to operating a safe railroad in the communities we serve and providing a safe workplace for our employees. A&M employees undergo extensive training. The railroad has invested millions of dollars in track improvements to provide some of the strongest infrastructure in the short line industry A&M works closely with state and local governments to facilitate the installation and upgrade of highway crossing devices.


Public Education Efforts

One of our principal outreaches to public safety is Operation Lifesaver. Operation Lifesaver is a national, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. Operation Lifesaver strives to increase public awareness about the dangers around the rails. The program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks.

Arkansas Missouri RailroadOn an average year, the A&M Railroad makes around 150 presentations to over 12,500 individuals. We believe that educating children has a double benefit in bringing that knowledge home for further dissemination. Accordingly, we make most of our presentations at schools or for school groups who also want to ride on our passenger train.

Operation Lifesaver is a great program for any school or organization interested in a fun, educational activity. We can organize a free one-hour presentation at your school, church, or other facility on any weekday.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your group congregate at our Springdale depot, Van Buren’s depot, Fayetteville or Rogers for an optional one-hour excursion. There is a small fee for the train ride portion of the program to help cover expenses.

For more information or to schedule an Operation Lifesaver program, please call Brenda Brown at 800.687.8600, 479.750.7291 or send email.


Law Enforcement

A&M promotes active enforcement of traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and private property laws related to trespassing.

Arkansas Missouri RailroadWe have coordinated efforts with local police authorities in blitzes meant to make motorists aware of the perils involved when ignoring railroad warning devices. These events are well-covered by the media to further expand the audience not directly reached.

Vandalism and trespassing continue to plague our industry, as well as the possibilities of terrorism. Accordingly we have boosted our efforts to detect and prevent culprits before they hurt themselves or others or cause property damages whose costs are ultimately passed on to the consumer. Accordingly, we can not accommodate rail fan requests to enter our property for picture taking or other sightseeing purposes. While we appreciate our rail fans’ enthusiasm, we can not ignore the potential for unacceptable risks to the Company and the public from intrusions.

We are one of the few shortline railroads in the country with our own Special Investigative Unit (S.I.U.) that utilizes railroad police powers to operate. The S.I.U. primarily focuses on safety procedures and is responsible for investigating all accidents, injuries and grade crossing accidents.


Technical Solutions

A&M is a frontrunner in installing camera systems on locomotives to continuously tape the progress of our trains in transit. Arkansas Missouri RailroadThe system visually documents upcoming railroad crossings. Train whistles, bells, crossing signals, and radio traffic from the engineer, crew, and dispatcher are also taped with a voice recorder in the system. The system can record activity up to one hundred yards ahead of the train's path and traffic on either side of an upcoming crossing.

Material that is collected from this technology will serve as evidence in the event of a crossing accident as well as serve as an educational tool in presentations to the public. We recently finished installing upgraded cameras on all lead locomotives.


Commitment

Our Chairman of the Board is a member of the Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors, and brings a strong personal interest to the program and its benefits to the communities served by the A&M. We remain dedicated to railway safety and have committed significant funds and resources to the program.

Community Relations

We believe that good corporate citizenship serves our best long-term interest. Our passenger excursion is one of Northwest Arkansas's major tourist attractions that help support the region’s tourist industry. The regular excursions operate April through mid November.

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Our passenger train is also a focus for charitable fund-raising, including an annual Christmas train we co-sponsor with J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. This affair has raised over $50,000 in the last two years for charitable groups.

We also provide our passenger train, at a major discount, for other group fundraisers, such as the Audubon Society and Brumley Gospel. We further play an active community role by running special trains for area fests, such as Frisco Days (Rogers) and Feather Fest (Springdale).

For more information or to schedule an Operation Lifesaver program, please call Brenda Brown at 800.687.8600, 479.750.7291 or send an email inquiring about Operation Lifesaver.