ccutler wrote:Yes very sorry about the cost of removing the paint. Especially necessary on a mechanical representative of the company--an engine.
And a royal pain on freight cars, too, not to mention what can happen in a leak, wreck, or other emergency situation if a car's markings can't be seen because of graffiti. Graff can make it harder to get info about the contents, etc.
With falling costs of video/audio monitoring systems, it may someday make sense to have some systems installed in the high-graffiti areas, to catch the taggers and notify police.
That's being done in some places. A couple of years ago, one camera company listed NS as a "security partner," but I haven't seen that on their site for awhile.
photorailfan wrote:Just a suggestion. Why not move something like an old coach in a spot as bait to attract and catch the taggers on video?
Hmm, gives a new meaning to "Bait Car." I like it.
One "audio analytics" company was working on detectors that would recognize the sound of spray cans. Haven't heard much about that one for a couple of years. The little germ who "tagged" the newly-delivered dining car some years back used a roller and pan to paint his initials on the car, so that technology might not have been as useful as some motion-detecting cameras.
cjvrr wrote:The real question for me is. If this happens with a locomotive that is obviously going to a specific railroad and lettered as such....how often does this happen with freight cars? I have to believe quite often.
I don't know about "quite" often, but it does happen, probably more than most people (even us railfans) realize. Somewhere on the hundreds of miles of track between Point A and Point B there may be a covered hopper that never made it to the paint shop, or got painted and vanished sometime after that, or . . . We never did find out. You'd almost think somebody would be saying "I wonder why that's been sitting there all these years."
How do you "lose" something that big? Darned if I know.