Why I Don’t Photograph on Train Tracks

Photography Train Tracks

Yep. Even I’m guilty of photographing on train tracks in my earlier days.

Ah, the train track photo. Ever so popular on Pinterest, getting photos on train tracks is one of my most requested settings. But I will not, under any circumstances, do it.

Why? Because it might end as a train wreck. Literally.

And it’s also illegal. But mostly because I don’t want you, your precious kiddos, or myself to get hit by a train.

There have been so many incidents of either photographers or their clients getting injured or killed by trains that Operation Lifesaver, a railway safety education organization, actually lists 6 reasons on its site when urging photographers not to use train tracks for photography backdrops:

  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 in your community mimic your behavior.

I would love to photograph on train tracks. There’s no denying that some of these photos are absolutely beautiful, and train tracks are certainly a trend in photography these days. But the risks are just too great. Your family member’s lives are worth so much more than getting a shot in front of a popular photo site. I know several other photography locations that would allow me to take photos of your family that are just as beautiful.

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So fess up, have you ever had photos done on train tracks? Be honest and comment below, then share this so that others know the dangers of photography on train tracks!