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- Subject: PC: Passes
- From: "Evil Mike" <evillmike@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 18:27:33 PDT
It is odd that this pass issue has come up now. On July 13 I worte
J Alex Lang or the Eastern Rail News site on a pass idea:
RR's don't like people tresspassing becuase they might get hit
> and sue or disrupt opperations. For a fee*, RR's should allow people
> come in, take a Rail safety class, take a test to prove they are true
> Railfans and then the RR should make them buy a hard hat and
> vest. For their money the people would get a railfan lisceince good
> that road's property. The conditions would be that they would have to
> wear the vest and hat and abide by employee's instructions that have
> do with safety or opperations. They could have a scale of membership.
> As you pay more you get more perks. $30 for a basic membership. $50
> would let you shoot busy yards. $100 gets you a tour of a local shop.
> $250 would let you pilot a local. $500 a road frieght and $1000, in
> addition to the preceeding, would let you get a trip to a major hub,
> like Altoona, for a tour. The whole ride would be in a cab. Just
> think of the possibilities. Railfans would become an asset to the RR
> not just a hinderence that makes its living off the rail induslty w/o
> giving anything back.
The examples I gave were there to give some humor to the e-mail, but the
basic idea is there. Alex Lang resopnded that this is a "pipe dream"
and the insurance co's and the lawyers would never allow it. Another
idea is that RR could make you an employee. You'd be a track inspector
or ROW watcher or something. Your only compensation is that you can
come on the property and take pictures. Heck you could even be
classified as part-time. Also the difference b/t an industrial site and
a RR is that the site has fences and cameras and other physical
barriers. I will NEVER cross a fence put up by a RR. A rapid transit
line goes through my town. There is a fence along the whole route.
There are places where I could easily get through, but I won't. Even
when my Aerobee goes over the fence I won't cross. Most ROW's are vague
and undefined. This is what makes them different. When I see any fence
line I know I is wrong and big trouble if you cross. I don't get that
with RR's. I just don't want 'fannning to get to the point where 'fanns
tell about how they were able to infultrait the Pittsburg line ROW and
dispite the fact they lost 2 friends to mines and another to the dogs
they still got the PIC of the SD70MAC. MESSAGE TO THE LIST: Has anyone
been arrested for tresspassing or know anyone how has? Have you ever
been harassed? Do tell.
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