posted on May, 8 2011 @ 12:45 AM
Speaking as a railfan and someone who knows a few persons in railroading.
As a person who spends their time and interest in the photography of the railways. You will see just about anything you can think of on the railroads
when it comes to rail security. It is nothing to see people trespassing on or around railroad property equipment. Even though some people may or may
not realize it, they are committing a crime when they trespass on railroad property. For example, I was out at one of the local railfan spots around
here and what did I see pray tell? A kid, maybe ten or twelve years old sitting on the tracks on his bicycle all the while talking to someone on a
cell phone. Did I take photos of him sitting there on the tracks? Yes, I took photos of him and he did not even realize that I had taken the photos.
It would be nothing for someone to place a bomb on the tracks so that a train could hit it. It would be nothing for someone to tamper with the track
so that a train would derail. Nothing as in if the person or persons knew what they had to do to tamper the tracks.
Does this in anyway prove that the railroads are not as secure as they should be? Speaking from experience by seeing how lax the law enforcement from
the railroads is just around my area. The law enforcement from the railroads is not enough to keep some kind of terrorist incident from happening.
Some people may ask why the local police aren't in charge of securing a railroad that runs through their city. If a police department has a "Transit
Police Division," that division only protects the stations and the properties around the stations. in just about every single community in the United
States. The local police departments have no jurisdiction or authority over the railroads. Seeing as to how the freight railroads own just about every
single mile of track in the United States and Canada. It is hard to enforce the laws on or around railroad property when people are trespassing.
If a terrorist really wanted to cause a little bit of chaos with the economy. All they would have to do is to attack a major mainline, like Union
Pacific's Intercontinental Mainline between Chicago and Salt Lake City, Utah, which would cause some disruption. However, an attack on one major rail
line won't cripple the economy like some would think it would. An attack on one line would just cause the traffic from the effected line to be
rerouted to other lines on a particular railroad company's system or onto another railroad if one of the mainlines could not handle the increase in