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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Photographers, Keep Off The Tracks!

By William Sawalich Published in Blog
Photographers, Keep Off The Tracks!
When I was a little kid, probably just five years old, my grandfather photographed my cousin and I walking along the railroad tracks near his home. The resulting pictures are adorable, and they have hung in his living room ever since. The problem is, railroads really don't want you hanging around on their tracks, for the purposes of taking pictures, or otherwise. Turns out it's not just trespassing on privately owned railroad property, it's dangerous. The number of people killed while walking on railroad tracks spiked in 2012. Seeing the trend of photographers using tracks as photo locations, the Union Pacific railroad spoke out to photographers everywhere and sent a reminder that photographing on railroad tracks is dangerous. You can read the company's reminder via the link below, along with the interesting conversation regarding railroad track photography in the comments at Michael Johnston's TOP blog. 

http://www.uprr.com/newsinfo/releases/safety/2013/0416_pro-photogs.shtml
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2013/10/union-pacific.html
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