Stop Taking Pictures in the Name of the Law!   Contributor's Pick!       
I guess I am in the minority with regard to trackside contacts with LEOs regarding the photography of rolling assets belonging to the railroads and their facilities. While I have been doing this for a while now in a number of places around California, today was the first time that I have ever been approached by a member of the law enforcement community specifically regarding my action(s) of standing on a platform snapping pictures of trains. It seems that Amtraks recent revamping of their system wide photo policy has placed their peace officers in quite the quandary, because while they obviously dont like having their pictures taken, there is really not a whole they can do about it when you are a ticket holding passenger in an area open to the riding public and not interfering with the loading, unloading, or operation of an Amtrak train. In this instance, it was my intent to capture an image of the Red Cap cart coming up the tunnel to the platform, however when the officer chose to face me and commence making gestures with his hand, he unwittingly became the subject of the photo. He was a nice guy about the whole thing though, so I will not be sending off a letter to the Director of Amtrak in Washington D.C. about this experience. Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (LAUPT) (February 23, 2010)
Date: 2/23/2010 Location: Los Angeles, CA   Map Show Los Angeles on a rail map Views: 317 Collection Of:   El Roco Photography
Locomotives: AMTK 459(F59PHI)    Author:  El Roco Photography
Stop Taking Pictures in the Name of the Law!
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User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
J.R. Valderas General Was this guy a local cop or one of Amtrak's? 2/25/2010 2:49:29 AM
El Roco Photography General He was an Amtrak peace officer. 2/25/2010 2:54:25 AM
Ashley Rodriguez General peace officer? My @ss 9 MM doesnt come across as peaceful when you have a slug in you. 2/26/2010 12:14:40 AM
Fred Pohl General I Thought he would adjourn to Dunking Donuts Wherever particular John Laws Congregate 3/11/2010 3:57:48 PM
Curt Beal General At least he didn't try to take your camera. Luckily my town has just a tiny Amtrak kiosk with noone of these guys around. 3/11/2010 4:44:18 PM
steven langsford General nice shot !!! Its seams these days there are less an less people that like railfans. 3/11/2010 6:03:45 PM
El Roco Photography General So why is this image all of a sudden so active? Did someone link to it or something? 3/11/2010 6:06:19 PM
David Nutter General d*mn, dang that was crazy that guy.. 11/17/2012 10:22:02 AM

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