Look David, I've been doing this 40 years. I'm not going to argue with you. Foremost, it's trespassing on private property. Just hope that I'm not the one to see you stepping across our tracks.
Have you ever had to walk to a door in the middle of a dark night and tell a wife that her husband is now deceased while their 6 year old daughter is asleep in the other room? I have. It's a horrible situation that could have easily been avoided. And for what, for a photograph?
Point is, why risk it?
Deaths from walking on railroad tracks are up nearly 10 percent, with 483 last year alone, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, with many people pausing to take selfies on the tracks or pose for traditional camera shots.
Just. Not. Worth. It.
My criticism with your post isn’t with the subject of track safety, nor of your 40 years of working on the railroad, it is only regarding false statements. Your first post claimed that a railroad track is equally dangerous to a multilane interstate highway (it’s obviously not), and now you’re claiming that your message was “foremost” an anti trespassing one (it obviously wasn’t). You have an important safety message from experience to share and it is diminished by the unfortunate false statements.
I’m all in with you on obeying the law and condemning portraits photoshoots near railroads (selfies are portrait photoshoots).
BTW, regarding trespassing, how is it that in my entire life (53) I have crossed the railroad tracks (lately it’s literally an everyday event) by car, bike, or foot - often in full view of patroling police - and have never once been arrested for trespassing? Looking forward to following up with you on this point.