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Christopher Parker, Executive DirectorChristopher Parker was facinated by trains as a child.  Befreinded by local train crews at 11, he learned everything he could about the industry and hired on with the Cape Cod & Hyannis Railroad as a Trainman and later became a Conductor and marketing manager for the Cape Cod Central Railroad.  He has also written for several publications about the industry, including Trains Magazine and Atlantic Northeast Rail & Ports.  He's especially interested in service design - the interplay between operations and marketing.  In his twenties, he went to seminary and worked for Quaker non-profit organizations (as a youth worker, fundraiser and Executive Director/founder), then became an interium minister in Vermont before becoming Vermont Rail Action Network Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.   He also teaches, does some transportation market-research consulting and a bit of web design work (you can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Christopher has lived in Windham County Vermont since 2001.  An avid contra dancer and hiker, he's on the board of Trainriders/Northeast the Vermont Bike/Ped Coaltion and on the National Association for Railroad Passengers Council.


Here's what you can do to stay safe around trains...

Never trespass on any railroad property or right of way!
Doing so is illegal and risks serious injury or death.

Cross only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings!
Look for a train moving from either direction -- and then look for a second train from either direction.

Always expect a train!
Trains do not have set schedules and can approach from either direction at any time of day or night.
Trains do not take holidays.

Don't stand next to tracks!
Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on either side, and straps and tiedowns can extend even further.

Never try to beat a train!
Because of their size, you cannot judge a train's speed or distance. Trains cannot make sudden stops. Remember that a locomotive weighs 200 tons. An automobile being hit by a train is equivalent to a soda can being hit by an automobile.