Here are Operation Lifesaver’s six “must-know” facts for photographers considering a photo shoot near the tracks:
(1) Trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.
(2) An optical illusion makes it hard to determine a train’s distance from you – and its speed.
(3) The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet.
(4) Railroad tracks, trestles, yards, and rights-of-way are private property.
(5) No tracks should be assumed to be abandoned or inactive.
(6) People mimic your behavior when they see your photos on the web and social media.
Operation Lifesaver urges all photographers to refrain from taking photos of high school seniors, wedding parties, and other subjects on train tracks or trestles.
Page last updated: March 16, 2016
Page last reviewed: August 29, 2016