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About NH OL

What is New Hampshire Operation Lifesaver?

New Hampshire Operation Lifesaver (NH OL) is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. OL promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including free safety presentations by authorized volunteers. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others. Our program is co-sponsored by state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations, America's railroads, and other entities. Together we promote the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities. NH OL is part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).

Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?

Sadly, every year people in New Hampshire are killed or injured at highway-rail crossings and at other locations along railroad tracks.

Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions; or, they take chances by ignoring warning signs and signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on tracks, or simply not paying attention when approaching highway-rail crossings. People also make the potentially fatal mistake of choosing railroad tracks as shortcuts or as places to walk or run for recreation. They may not realize that walking on train tracks is illegal, or understand how quickly and quietly a train can approach. Our safety tips can save your life – or the life of someone you love.

Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer

We are always looking for high-energy volunteers to help us spread our important message. Our volunteers are everywhere—schools, training programs, law enforcement events and safety fairs—with the common purpose of keeping our citizens safe. You can begin the process today by clicking here

NH OL Events

  • April 28, 2019- Hooksett Lions Club Model Railroad .Show 10am-3pm at the David R Cawley Middle School.
  • May 12th, 2018 -National Train Day at Conway Scenic RR.
    July 13-14-15 and 20-21-22, 2018-Day Out With Thomas at Conway Scenic RR.
    September 1, 2018- Saturday, as part of Rail fans Weekend at Conway Scenic RR.
    September 23-29, 2018- Rail Safety Week. "STOP TRACK TRAGEDIES" Tuesday September 25th- Operation Clear Track NH OL volunteers will be joining forces with law enforcement at grade crossings in Wilton, Exeter, Dover, Newton, Greenland and various other locations for crossing enforcement and awareness
    exercises at high-exposure crossings as well as other positive enforcement events including Emergency Notification System awareness

NH OL Safety Partners


• Federal Railroad Administration
• National Safety Council of Northern New England
• New Hampshire Fish & Game Department
• New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Bureau of Rail & Transit
• New Hampshire State Police

  • New Hampshire Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
    • Pan Am Railways
    • St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad
  • New England Central Railroad
  • New Hampshire Northcoast Railroad
    • Conway Scenic Railroad
    • Plymouth and Lincoln Railroad (Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads)
  • New Hampshire Cenral Railroad
  • New England Southern Railroad
  • Milford Bennington Railroad

NH OL Statistics

Preliminary statistics from Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis.

Contact Us

John Robinson State Coordinator-New Hampshire Operation Lifesaver

(603) 271-2448 (office)

NH DOT 7 Hazen Drive
Concord , New Hampshire    03302