Railroad Railsigns

Railsign is a secret marking system used by the Railroad in Fallout 4. Each marking consists of an "asterisk" of six or eight white lines, at the center of which is a special symbol. A visual chart of the railsigns appears in Railroad HQ.


Symbol Name Meaning
Plus: + Ally An ally is present nearby.
Square: Cache A supply cache can be found nearby.
Cross: X Danger A danger is present nearby.
Arrow: Pointer Shows the direction to something important.
House: 🏠 Safehouse A Railroad safehouse is nearby.
Teardrop: 💧 Dead drop A Railroad dead drop is nearby.


The railsigns appear in the quest Tradecraft, pointed out by Deacon, being used as indicators to Ricky Dalton who is referred to as "The Tourist".

Behind the scenesEdit

50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
  • The railsigns are similar to the shadowmarks from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the latest entry in another video game series developed and published by Bethesda. Both are glyphs used by underground societies to designate certain places and things to other members of the society.
  • They also bear a similarity to the real life hobo code - symbols used by the homeless to let others know about various things related to their lifestyle, such are safe places to camp or places to get food.
50 Vault-Tec C.E.O.End of information based on unverified behind the scenes information.

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