Watching the watchers

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by YakkoWarner, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. YakkoWarner

    YakkoWarner Member

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    The article is indeed disturbing, but an unfortunate consequence of the state of the world today. Personally, I wouldn't mind a bit being identified and questioned by authorities if the practice could prevent an attack. Obviously, logical boundaries should be drawn to prevent interrogation from becoming harassment, watching to trespassing, and a strong dose of patience and understanding on both sides of the fence should be prescribed.

    I would hope most officers would be able to see clearly the difference between enthusiasm for a hobby, and malicious intent. To help in that, just be yourself and understand his side of the pictures your taking too.

    As a side note, anyone have info on that magnificent steamer pictured with the article?

    Michael
  3. gerbs4me

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    that is disturbing.
  4. Peirce

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    Yes, this is disturbing and we should be cautious and discreet. However, if we totally stop our railfanning activities, the bad guys have won.

    I just returned from a vacation in England and France. In the Gare du Nord in Paris I noticed security gates that were not there two years ago. After getting off the Eurostar there, I took a few minutes to get a few pictures. Here is an example:

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    Nobody bothered to challenge or question what I was doing. (This was true in England, too.) Of course, I made myself look more like a tourst by posing my wife along side this locomotive in a typical "tourist-type" shot. Over all I may have taken about four or five shots at that time. Also, I have reduced the amount and size of the photo gear I carry. Hopefully, I will be a less obvious railfan, but I will continue to be an active railfan.
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    My compliments to the BN in Tulsa

    One day last month when I went railfaning between Tulsa and Claremore, I spotted the local with six Santa Fe units all still in blue and yellow paint. I pulled off on a gravel drive that only serves as access for railroad maintance crews and took a series of photos. As I was heading back to my car, two gentlemen pulled up in a four-door sedan. One got out and introduced himself, asked a couple questions and we talked for a few minutes. Before he left he gave me one of his cards - Terminal Superintendent.

    No hassle at all - even wrote the TrainMaster's 24 hour phone number on the back in case I ever notice a problem with a train or any suspicous activity around the rails.