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No place to take a date.


Balancing act.


Brewer traffic.


This young lady was attempting to hop on a moving train in downtown Bangor.


A leisurely walk with manís best friend down the mainline in Veazie.


Tracks in the tracks in downtown Bangor. Looks like they couldnít find the cleared sidewalk and street a few feet away.


Papa Johnís driver barely beating train in Veazie.


A motorist runs around a stopped car to beat an oncoming train in Greene, Maine. November, 2012.


A few quiet moments for dad and daughter.



This trespasser ignores the sign she walks by.


Maybe these kids are the same ones responsible for the abutment graffiti.


An ATV rider puts himself in danger and jeopardizes train safety tearing up the ballast.


Real Life Hobos Being Escorted Off a Train




“Makings of a Maine Tragedy”


”This unsuspecting group recently ventured illegally onto a railroad trestle in Maine only to be met by a train while caught in the middle. Notice the “No Trespassing” sign to the right of the tracks just before the bridge which was obviously ignored.”

”Several of the trespassers squeeze onto very small spaces in the middle of the trestle barely escaping very serious injury and likely death as a train rounds the bend approaching the group.  Had they tried to stand on what looks like a sidewalk next to the tracks, they would have been hit by the train which overhangs at least three feet beyond the rails.”


Summer Rail Trespassing in Maine

   

Going camping, kids? These pictures were taken early this summer in Warren. If the town sounds familiar, it’s where a youngster and a man were fatally struck by a train and others hurt while fishing on a trestle several years ago.


On the Fourth of July, these bagpipers ignored tape strung across the tracks at each end of the Winslow-Waterville railroad bridge and proceeded after the Winslow parade to risk their lives. The local police were advised.


Maine Man Trespasses on Top of Train

Letter to the Editor of The Times Record, August 26, 2011

Rail shenanigans endanger lives
By Fred Hirsch
Published: Friday, August 26, 2011 2:09 PM EDT

It's happened again right here in Maine. A person placed himself in serious danger and survived -- this time. The latest incident, as reported in the Times Record and which has made headlines statewide, involves a Waldoboro man who rode on top of a train 45 miles from Rockland to Bath before being escorted away by police. An isolated act of stupidity? Not by a longshot. Earlier this summer, a Maine teenager plastered his Facebook page with pictures of him jumping from a rock outcrop onto the top of a train. Among the other photos is one of him riding his dirt bike across a trestle and another of his bike spinning out on the railroad ballast which, by the way, holds the track in place preventing derailments. In late spring, railroad officials discovered an out-of-state man, two Maine women and three dogs along with camping gear sitting on a freight car having arrived in Maine from an undetermined location. Should you ask any locomotive engineer or conductor, you'll be told they witness similar trespass situations almost daily. Folks are out for a leisurely walk on the rails, fishing from a railroad bridge, snowmobiling, riding an all-terrain vehicle or cross-country skiing in the middle of the tracks. Or, as was the case in this latest incident, just doing something -- well, dumb. Similar acts falling into that category include trying to jump on a train, throwing objects at a train, placing objects on the tracks, and playing "chicken" with a train. Nationwide last year, more than 400 people were killed trespassing on private railroad property. Hundreds more were seriously hurt, many with life-debilitating injuries. Maine railroads, as part of their ongoing efforts to prevent such incidents, support Maine Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit educational organization devoted to reducing the number of tragedies that occur on and around railroad tracks. While the organization's original mission was focused on preventing rail crossing collisions, in recent years trespass prevention has become a bigger issue. Maine Operation Lifesaver, by the way, is currently looking for individuals to help in a massive effort now under way to bring attention to the dangers inherent at rail crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. As many know, tracks are being upgraded from Brunswick south through Freeport, Yarmouth, Cumberland,and Falmouth to Portland in anticipation of Amtrak service next year. That means many more daily trains and much faster trains than have been seen in several decades will travel through the region beginning next year. Our efforts include making presentations to truckers and other driving professionals, school children, driver's education students, service clubs and snowmobile clubs, among others. Volunteers spend one day at a presenter training class to become certified. One need not have any railroad knowledge or experience, but rather a want to make communities safer. Maine Operation Lifesaver also sets up displays at numerous community events. All rail safety presentations are free.
Fred Hirsch is state coordinator of Maine Operation Lifesaver (www.maineol.org). He can be reached at maineol@roadrunner.com or by calling (207) 945-6878.


Trespassing on Tracks is Dangerous and Illegal

This couple has a lot of nerve along this active Maine rail line: Girlfriend is
taking his picture standing in front of the 'No Trespassing' sign!


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