Article I General
[CC 1999 §22-1; Ord. No. 93-1, 1-11-1993]
No locomotive engine, railroad passenger or freight car shall be propelled or run upon or along any railroad track within this City at a greater rate of speed than forty (40) miles per hour.
[CC 1999 §22-2; R.O. 1962 §29-2]
If any person shall climb upon, jump off, hold to or in any manner whatever attach himself/herself to any locomotive engine or car while the same shall be in motion or running into or through the City, he/she shall be deemed guilty of an ordinance violation.
This Section shall not apply to any employee of the railroad company nor to any passenger nor to any person who may be acting by permission or under the rules of the company then operating the railroad.
State Law Reference — Climbing on cars, §564.350, RSMo.
[CC 1999 §22-3; R.O. 1962 §29-3]
No railroad company, railroad engineer, train conductor or other person shall cause or allow any locomotive engine, car or cars to stop in or remain upon any street and railroad crossing within this City for a longer period than five (5) minutes at any one time.
State Law References — Obstructing tracks, §§564.360, 564.370, RSMo.
[CC 1999 §22-4; R.O. 1962 §29-4]
Every railroad operating a line of railroad through this City shall construct and maintain good and sufficient crossings where its railroad crosses the street or public roads of the City, to be opened for public use, which crossing shall be constructed of the material and in the manner provided by State law.
State Law References — Crossings generally, §§389.610 et seq., RSMo.
[CC 1999 §22-5; R.O. 1978 §29-5]
Every railroad company which has railroad tracks which run through the City or any portion thereof shall be required to erect, place or construct such barricades or other warning devices as shall be required by the City Council at the crossings of such tracks with the streets, alleys or other public ways within the City upon notice by registered mail, return receipt requested, from the City to any such railroad company directing such railroad company to so erect, place or construct such warning device. It shall be unlawful for such railroad company to fail to so erect, place or construct such warning device within sixty (60) days after receipt of such notice.
[CC 1999 §22-6; R.O. 1978 §29-6]
Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this Section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifty (50) feet but not less than fifteen (15) feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall not proceed until he/she can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:
A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train;
A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train;
A railroad train approaching within approximately fifteen hundred (1,500) feet of the highway crossing emits a signal audible from such distance and such railroad train, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard;
An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
No persons shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
[CC 1999 §22-7; R.O. 1978 §29-7]
It shall be the duty of each railroad company whose lines of tracks are constructed within the City to put in good repair and maintain in good condition all streets or parts of streets, crossing and right-of-way through or over which its line of tracks may run and to keep the same free from obstructions of every kind, which such repair shall be made and constructed under the direction and supervision of the City.
[CC 1999 §27-243; Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-1991]
It shall be unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes; provided that this Section shall not apply to a moving train or to one stopped because of an emergency or for repairs necessary before it can proceed safely.