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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 12:58 AM
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Cops harass train enthusiast for taking pictures of trains
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Unbelievable! And the fellow posters are applauding the police!
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:04 AM
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1. Uh, a lot worse can happen to people who do this.
A lot worse. There've been plane watcher incidents for instance...

In these times, it's something of a dangerous line of work, in terms of police (or worse) attention.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:10 AM
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2. "join the Marine Core?"
What a hugh moran freeper.
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:15 AM
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5. It wasn't his spelling that floored me...
it was his implied "The cops didn't break your camera, OSAMA broke your camera!" logic. :crazy:
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:20 AM
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7. All part of the same stupidity...n/t
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:10 AM
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3. 9-11 changed everything
i used to watch and photograph trains years ago but remember 9-11 changed all that. if the gangs and taggers can get close enough and have the time to paint i guess security is`t so great.
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mark414 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 04:03 AM
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10. rail security in this country is a joke
i've ridden freights all over the country and have seldom come even close to being found
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:14 AM
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4. I got busted for filming all kinds of stuff in my film school days
But that was in the Clinton era, no worries.

"It's for film school officer" "Ok, have fun guys"
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:18 AM
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6. I get it now.
THEY can put cameras everywhere, watching our every move. WE can't photograph jack shit.
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 01:47 AM
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8. Some really stupid and paranoid comments there.
"What exactly is railfanning? It sounds like a very odd hobby" People have been doing that forever, it's as "odd" as birding.
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 03:30 AM
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9. I used to enjoy photographing the lower Hudson Valley . . .
but I don't do it anymore for fear that something similar would likely happen if I took a shot that included the Bear Mountain Bridge or the Indian Point nuke or West Point -- all integral to the river, but now off limits to casual photographers . . .
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 04:59 AM
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11. A hobby is just a hobby,,, railfans, airplane watchers etc
Edited on Mon Dec-11-06 05:05 AM by wakeme2008
As long as you are not on private lands the police can ask you but IMHO most will understand your hobby.

I just got my second Norfolk Southern wall calendar :)



And all pictures are taken by employees. OK we do have ids that get us a little closer to trains than some folks. :)



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rock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-11-06 07:28 AM
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12. Whatcha in for Lefty?
Edited on Mon Dec-11-06 07:28 AM by rock
I took some pictures of a train. Don't give me any trouble or it's some of the same to you!
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