JLJ061 wrote:Just yesterday I was riding the South Shore and when we were pulling into Michigan City Shops I whipped about the video camera and started taking shots of the yard through the window. As the conductor came through she started to tell me "They (the railroad) doesn't really like anyone taking video of the yards, trains or whatever."
Knowing the South Shore is very tolerant of responsible photographers, I told her I have never had any problems before with the railroad, and her only reply was "It's because all that's been going on."
Throughout the entire conversation she never sounded hostile or upset, more like a casual "I'm required to tell you this" attitude, so I just let her do her speech and left it at that.
I've seen and now have managed to take photos from public locations along the South Shore that I had avoided since 9/11. I've only been stopped once ... a transit officer at Miller didn't like me taking a picture of a signal cabinet (I was actually taking a picture of the switch nearby). I am careful not to take pictures of station cameras or security.
On Amtrak's "National Train Day" I went to Chicago and on the way back from Union Station I walked the length of all of the NICTD platforms at Millennium Park, taking photos from each end. A conductor was loading a train when I got there ... I left that platform for after the train left so I would not interfere with her work. A yard worker was also present ... she moved some cars from one platform to another. No one said a word to me about my presence. (I chose not to take pictures in the Metra areas of the station ... although I'd like to get downstairs some time and see the layout for myself.) I have also videotaped a train stopping at a station and of course several pass bys.
I can see the sensitivity about the yard area (did you see 106?). But there is a public bridge with a sidewalk over that yard so it is hard to keep people from seeing things. I did have a Michigan City officer stop me once for being on the non-sidewalk side of the bridge. No arrest, just "be careful".
One other note: I've started emptying my camera card before trips. Not only does it leave room for more pictures and video but it also removes previous day/month photos that would expose just how many pictures I've taken of the operation (about 1200 in the past year). If stopped, I'd rather only have to explain today's photos.
"It's because all that's been going on."
Did I miss something? Has there been vandalism or other problems?