Bright colours, skin-tight suits and flashing lights are being used to promote rail safety.
Actors Andy Nicholson and Aziz Alsaafin dressed up in level crossing costumes and handed out pamphlets at Middlemore train station on Monday to promote Rail Safety Week.
The response from the public has been fantastic, Mr Alsaafin says.
"You don't mind making a fool of yourself for a good cause."
Kiwirail chief executive Jim Quinn says the theme for this year's campaign is Use your brain, tracks are for trains.
It's aimed at reducing the amount of trespassing and improving pedestrian safety around the rail network.
Trespassing is the leading reason for fatalities involving trains, he says.
It can include taking shortcuts down or across tracks, using tracks as a footpath between stations, loitering around railway property and vandalising the rail corridor.
Since 2000 147 pedestrians have died on railway tracks, of which 126 were classified as trespass. And in the past seven months there have been 13 trespassing incidents in Auckland.
Safety at level crossings is also an issue.
“There have been far too many incidents lately where people have been harmed either at crossings where there have been lights and bells or barrier arms in operation or while trespassing on the tracks," Mr Quinn says.
KiwiRail is also running an online rail safety quiz at kiwirail.co.nz where people can win prizes, including an iPad 2.
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