Some real smart parenting-imagine they have the kids run across the freeway as a shortcut to school as well. I’m curious based on normal reaction time, and visibility about how much distance it takes to safely stop a passenger train traveling at 79 mph?
Here in Japan, tracks are usually fenced in to keep people out, except at grade crossings. Up in Isesaki in Gunma county, where I used to live, they made a major safety improvement by constructing elevated tracks for the Ryoumou and Isesaki lines and ripping out the old grade-level tracks.
Also, if a track looks shiny on top, it’s in service, so never use it as a photo studio. It was scary noticing how shiny some of the tracks in the photos above were. You can probably get away with posing on a rusty track, however, as long as you verify that it’s no longer in service by asking railroad personnel.
I have worked on the railroad for 12 years and there is nothing that will bring you out of your seat like seeing some one on the tracks in front of you. In a couple post some say ((Its not like they can’t hear the train coming)) Well that is true up to a point, some can be heard a good distance away and some can be up on you as soon as you hear the horn blowing. There are hundreds of deaths and injuries each year of people that are on or around railroad tracks. It not if they can or can’t hear the trains coming it is where they are at when it the train gets there. No trespassing signs are up for a reason. Next time you are around a railroad track and hear a train coming, count how many seconds it take to get there. Ask your self could you have gotten out of the way in time. What about if you trip and fall. Or like these people in the pictures, will the children’s reaction to the train delay you from getting then off and away from the track.
I don’t see a big crime here. Maybe trespassing but that’s it. Its not like they won’t get off the tracks if the trains coming. Besides, what about people on roadways, streets, and highways? Isn’t it just as dangerous to have a photo of yourself on one of these areas?
John, I was a railroad police officer for 34 years. I have seen my share of people who should have heard/seen the train, but didn’t. But it goes further than that. If any one of these ‘trespassers’ so much as trips over the rail and breaks an arm the railroad could get sued. This is a sue crazy country: everyone wants to hit the “injury lotto”. That makes it a liability for the property owner, i.e. the railroad. It’s the same as if I come to your home, trip over my own shoelaces on your steps, and I sue you for a million bucks. Bottom line…..it is not your property, the owner says NO TRESPASSING. Then stay off. You have no right, no privilege, no excuse.
being a train driver in NZ these people should be found and fined $1000.00 each
person in photos,idiots the lot of them.great way to raise children.
did anybody stop too think some of these pics are fake? or look like they are fake if they aren’t then all those people are morons yet wont be prosecuted cause nobody would take the time or money or effort too find out where the pics were taken
Even if they are fakes, they promote the idea that it’s OK to do. And that message goes out to kids who don’t understand. It is perceived by others that they can do it too. It’s just not smart photography.
Maybe some of the adults involved in the pictures should be charged with child endangerment?
These folks are all breaking the law. The railroads are private property, not a state park. Trespassers all.
I understand that it’s trespassing, but it’s hard to imagine that any of these people were in danger. You can see and hear a train coming from a long way off unless you are a dimwit. People need to lighten up.
you’d be suprised at just how quiet trains can sneak up on people. Ive mowed down man like that. so far….
I am a locomotive engineer by trade. Trains are way faster and way quieter than people expect. Taking pictures or screwing around on train tracks is as smart as taking photos in the middle of the interstate. Freight trains typically run 50 to 70 mph, and passenger trains run 80 or more.
Trains move a lot faster than it seems and by the time you hear it, you may only have a few seconds to get out of the way. Not only that, but what about teaching children railroad safety? What happens when one of these kids decides that it was ok for the pic so it must be ok all the time and gets run down by a train? There are gates and signs for a reason.
There’s nothing like a blunt force amputation to get some peoples attention!
Why is everyone freaking out? I don’t see how anyone was endangered. You can see for a mile in most of these photos! Not to mention, there are people looking in both directions. Was the train going to sneak up on them? I get the trespassing part, but c’mon- who is in danger here? HOW? I lived around train tracks all my life, and I fail to see how any of these pictures show anyone in peril.
They are in peril simply by being there, you would be surprised how quickly and quietly trains can come up on you. I work around railroad equipment on a regular basis and unless you are looking for it you may not notice a train until it is almost next to you. Train tracks are private property to begin with and anyone in their right mind would obey common sense as well as any and all signs near the tracks. As the Operation Life Saver saying goes “see tracks, think train”. If you want to do pictures like this then go to a railroad museum and get permission to do it there where it would be a safer and more controlled environment.
These people clearly dont know how restrooms operate on trains.
The last family portrait looks like a picture of a band.
That’s what I was thinking. lol
To be fair, there is a ton of old track no longer owned by the railway around here. Maybe they’re abandoned tracks?
4th picture from the top. Concrete ties and rail arresting clamps, that means the line was upgraded recently with higher end tracks. Which means: 1. Tracks are definitely NOT abandoned. 2. The line is heavily used.
Do you know the saying “looks can be deceiving”? No matter how “old” train tracks may look that does not necessarily mean they are not still in use. There are some lines that are only run on once in a while and those are in some ways even more dangerous than those that are in constant use with trains running over them 24/7.
I realize a lot of people were endangered by these shots, but wasn’t it worth it for one pic of a hot mommy?
I think the same! 😛
Why do they actually sit on train tracks? Wouldn’t it just be easier (and safer) to take a picture in a studio, and then add the background? Idiots.. they’re like: Hey, our daughter is only 13 months old… let’s put her here on these tracks, I mean… what could happen?
The second to last one, the looks on that baby’s face, “There’s a train coming!”
That’s the same thing that came to my mind when I saw that picture. Baby seems to be the only one with some common sense.
The first picture has a serial killer vibe to me. Creepy.
I just want to say that I don’t understand most of these. That is all.
It’s actually quite against the law to do ANYTHING on a railroad track. It’s called TRESPASSING and the railroads are quite serious about it. The railroad law enforcement agencies would be quite happy to arrest these folks … AND the photographer.
Omg I hate stupid-setting pictures to make the pic “unique”. But they make for good awkward family photos.
i worked on ‘midnight rider’…these are terrifying.
That was a horrible incident. What was really awful was that they asked CSX for permission to shoot on their tracks, were denied, and went and did it anyway. Now, if they had chosen a shortline or a scenic tourist line (the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum relatively isn’t far from the spot where the incident happened), they could have prevented their scene from being violently interrupted by a hotshot intermodal.
I was hoping for at least one picture with a train bearing down on someone.
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