Shooting on Train tracks is illegal and dangerous.
Roughly every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train. -Operation Lifesaver
Here are Operation Lifesaver’s six “must-know” facts for professional 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.
Top priority is safety, true, but as Professional Photographers, I would also think that each and every TRUE PROFESSIONAL should be offering our clients more CREATIVE and ORGINAL options by now, without the risk of a $10,000 fine and possible arrest to the photographer AND their clients.