Ken W2KB wrote:A police officer seeing a rail fan might, and as reported here, have done a field check on that person. That simply is good police work, whether for the arson example, photographing a bank or jewelry store, etc. Crossing line would occur if, for example, the officer were to direct the rail fan to leave a place at which the fan is lawfully present, etc.I assume you are agreeing with my view on the subject to a point? I can understand one being given "dirty looks" if seen taking photos where one should not be taking photos (beyond "No Trespassing" signs, etc.). But taking photos at a station platform or from an overpass just does not seem that suspicious, ESPECIALLY if a very experienced rail photographer who has a bit of equipment on him suggesting that he "knows what he's doing", is the one taking photos. Terrorists don't have that kind of money to invest in all that equipment to take photos of infrastructure. They'll use simple methods like using disposable cameras, etc.
I don't know if laughing off dirty looks is arrogant. Being "pre-judged" (for a lack of better words), knowing good and well that you would do no harm and that your purpose there is legit is annoying and one should not let it get to them. So what do you do? You laugh it off. So I doubt the dirty looks are a result of arrogance.
May I respectfully ask if you have done any rail fanning (photography, or just watch trains pass, in addition to riding of course)? From your statements it does not sound as if you have done this yourself at any time. I could be wrong. I notice train photographers from the window of my train all the time. Being one who photographs trains periodically, I understand that there are others who do the same as well. There are millions of pictures of trains out there. Someone has to take them...................