Old 10-02-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

What are some safety guidelines to keep in mind when photographing train tracks / rail roads (other than getting out of the way when u hear a train coming!)

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Old 10-02-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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Stay off of railroad property and you wont have to worry about getting hit!
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:21 PM   #3
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Honestly, shouldn't be in the way to begin with.

But my dad's favorite line was this...

Always expect a train on any track at any time in any direction.

Beyond that there are honestly hundreds of rules that you would need to learn if you are actually going to be on the ROW or on the equipment, but if you are a railfan, you shouldn't be. You should be on public land where you can view the activety safely.

Have fun out there and be safe.
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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Here's the thing.... If you feel you need a special set of safety rules beyond exercising common sense, you're probably doing something you shouldn't be doing.
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:03 PM   #5
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Sorry for double posting-read the next one down!

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Old 10-02-2009, 10:05 PM   #6
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Theres an old railroader that once said "crossing gates-the only thing that you can depend on with them is you can't depend on them!"

Also try not to antagonize local railfans. There are a few people in this area that I've met before that I wouldn't mind avoiding, and many that have been friendly, helpful and informative. For the others-don't antagonize them! If they are at a spot-move to avoid trouble. Also remember your railfan eticute and don't block other people's shots. One way I avoid this is by kindly asking when other railfans are present that have been trackside longer that I is " will I screw up your shot if I stand here?" Most importantly-you shoot for one person's pleasure-your own.
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Old 10-03-2009, 03:49 AM   #7
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But my dad's favorite line was this...

Always expect a train on any track at any time in any direction.
Not only was your father absolutely correct, but this exact phrase is also "the cardinal rule of railroad safety" (per railroadeducation.com's Roadway Worker Safety training course).

To the OP: The other obvious guideline not mentioned by the other respondents (probably because it's supposed to be obvious) is don't trespass. It ain't your property, you shouldn't be there.

Another one that people don't always seem to consider is to ensure that your vehicle is parked in a safe place that doesn't hinder the flow of traffic.

Don't place yourself in a position from which there's no escape route if something goes wrong.

But, as KevinM said, this is all common-sense stuff...
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