After being loudly informed by a 'private contractor' that walking alongside railroad tracks is not only 'stupid' and 'crazy', but also illegal, I heard back via e-mail from the company that owns the track itself.

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The person who spoke to you is correct. We discourage any activity, whether being on the tracks or in the railroad right of way, as this can present a dangerous situation for the railroad or to the individual that is trespassing.

 

Please stay safe and avoid any activity on railroad property at all times. - Ops Manager -NHN

After my initial encounter with the 'private contractor', it was refreshing to get a civil and polite response and I appreciate the prompt reply.

My walks and trash pickup will now take place in far less dangerous locations. And maybe this 'life lesson' will prevent someone else from getting a fine or far much worse.

I promise that I will be 'The Train' in nickname only and stay far away from any railroad tracks.