Train nearly wipes out photographer and family of 7 during a photo shoot on active tracks

Feb 25, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Train nearly wipes out photographer and family of 7 during a photo shoot on active tracks

Feb 25, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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When will people ever learn that this is not only dangerous and stupid but also highly illegal in most parts of the world? Yet again, we hear another story of not just one somebody, but 8 somebodies almost being hit by a train for a photo shoot on active train tracks.

Shot by Virtual Railfan, the video shows a family made up of the mother, father, two girls and three boys, along with a photographer doing a shoot on the tracks in Greencastle, PA, barely being missed by a huge train with only seconds to spare.

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The video shows the family aimlessly wandering around the tracks before the hurried yell of “Here comes a train!” is heard, at which point they all seem to run around like headless chickens, not sure which way to go, with some ending up one side of the tracks and some on the other before the train comes barrelling through a few seconds later.

If any of them had tripped or fallen while trying to get out of the way, it would’ve gone much worse. Judging by how easily they seemed to lose their footing before the train got close, they were very lucky that didn’t happen.

The video was also posted to Facebook where it has received several hundred shares and comments – not one of them positive.

Operation Lifesaver has a number of tips for keeping safe around train tracks, although why “Never walk on the tracks” is only number 2 on the list, I’ve no idea.

I don’t know how many times websites have to report about near-misses (here’s another) or actual fatalities (oh yeah, there’s loads of those) around train tracks before people wake up and realise that it’s just not worth it. And don’t say “I’ll hear it coming!” because it’s nonsense (and still illegal). If Hollywood film crews can’t avoid them with a few dozen people looking out, then you’ve got no chance.

Even if you don’t care about your own lives, this will destroy the lives of anybody in the cab of that train when it hits you.

Aside from being stupid, dangerous and illegal, the photos also look terrible. Just stop.

[via Western Mass News]

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34 responses to “Train nearly wipes out photographer and family of 7 during a photo shoot on active tracks”

  1. Kevin Lane Avatar
    Kevin Lane

    Can that train driver come to Canada? Please.

    1. Don Barnard Avatar
      Don Barnard

      Kevin Lane if you’re trying to start a racist rant against First Nations People who are protesting theft of their land, this is hardly the place for it

      1. Zack Schindler Avatar
        Zack Schindler

        Thank you.

    2. Kevin Lane Avatar
      Kevin Lane

      Racist? What EXACTLY was racist about my comment you absolute idiot.

    3. Matthew Nehrling Avatar
      Matthew Nehrling

      I’m a bit confused. He didn’t mention anything about Native peoples or anything even remotely like that. Nor does it look like he edited his comment.

    4. Kevin Lane Avatar
      Kevin Lane

      Matthew Nehrling Also, knowledge that he could not possibly know is that I am married to (and currently sitting beside) my beloved native wife.

      Of course opposing anything today is met with claims of racism or some other ism or phobia. I just blocked him.

    5. David Fillion Avatar
      David Fillion

      Kevin is implying he want that train driver to come to canada to run over the protestors who are on the railway.

    6. Kevin Lane Avatar
      Kevin Lane

      David Fillion you are also an idiot.

    7. Kevin Lane Avatar
      Kevin Lane

      All – if you don’t understand humour and/or you think MSNBC is news please just block me.

  2. Don Barnard Avatar
    Don Barnard

    “Will you shoot our portraits for free? It’ll be great exposure for you”
    “Sure. Just stand on these train tracks and hold still”
    ?

    1. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
      Dunja Đuđić

      Ahahaha oh man! :D I appreciate the dark humor!

  3. Andrus Chesley Avatar
    Andrus Chesley

    LOL , Funny, as kids we played on the tracks all the time but had enough sense to be aware of our surroundings.

    1. David Santoro Avatar
      David Santoro

      Andrus Chesley yes me too almost every day ,like you said we were aware of are surroundings

    2. Autumn Jay Avatar
      Autumn Jay

      Andrus – Funny until a kid is hit by a train and the parents are notified by LE, been there done that, don’t ever want to do that again. Guess who the parents sued afterwards…. the RR.

    3. Andrus Chesley Avatar
      Andrus Chesley

      Autumn Jay That’s the difference between today’s kids and yesterdays kids. Sue was not a word in our vocabulary. And we paid more attention to our surroundings. We have grown into a very liberal world and I do hate it. Guess I spent too much of my life overseas. ;-)

    4. Andrus Chesley Avatar
      Andrus Chesley

      See you’re very young and in Chino, Cal. I was in the Marines in the bottom ’60’s with a guy from there. Zimmerman if I remember .

  4. Matthew Nehrling Avatar
    Matthew Nehrling

    I am cringing watching that. Especially when the kids are walking up track, 25-50 yards away and the parents aren’t even paying attention.

  5. Hugh Dom Avatar
    Hugh Dom

    Have to agree about the terrible photos part. Almost all the track photos I have ever seen were done by people that had no concept of leading lines anyway.

  6. Dunja Đuđić Avatar
    Dunja Đuđić

    Aside from being stupid, dangerous and illegal, the photos also look terrible. Just stop. – Amen

  7. Kiran Chandrahasa Avatar
    Kiran Chandrahasa

    Where are the pictures

  8. Simone Danger Fairclough Avatar
    Simone Danger Fairclough

    Breeders lol

  9. Jason LaVance Avatar
    Jason LaVance

    I’m just gonna throw it out there…I’ve seen great rail photos. That being said. I loved next to tracks for 10 years of my life you can hear, see them, and feel them far enough away that of you dont clear out I call it darwinism.

    1. Emilee Marie Baxter Avatar
      Emilee Marie Baxter

      Jason LaVance while you may live near tracks it seems as if you’ve missed the way that sound waves travel. If you are on the track you will likely not hear it unless the conductor uses the horn— and they only do that at crossings.

      Walking on tracks is absolutely absurd but all those people that have died didn’t “deserve it”. They made a bad judgement call and were unaware just how much danger they put themselves in until it was too late.

      1. Paul Aparycki Avatar
        Paul Aparycki

        “didn’t deserve it”?????

        They absolutely DO deserve it. The world is a better place without the brain-dead monkeys . . . who more often than not put the lives of intelligent people at risk because they have to “save” these genetic defects.

        If media and others made a point of being forthright and honest, i.e. instead of “a tragic accident today”, they actually wrote what really happened “some brain dead assholes bit the dust today” . . . perhaps one, just one of those irresponsible assholes might give it a second thought next time they try to “think”.

  10. Tudor Pantelimonescu Avatar
    Tudor Pantelimonescu

    Amish paradise has no trains…

  11. Wilson W Wilson Avatar
    Wilson W Wilson

    Sleek hunts.

  12. Glenn Giese Avatar
    Glenn Giese

    Gotta thin the herd somehow…?

  13. Michael Beckerman Avatar
    Michael Beckerman

    Idiots. Stay off the damn tracks people.

  14. Jason Dunning Avatar
    Jason Dunning

    Since when do the Amish want their photos being taken?

  15. David Spiers Avatar
    David Spiers

    FFS

  16. Kok Yoon Lee Avatar
    Kok Yoon Lee

    Voluntary culling of the truly stupid :-D

  17. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    What mother would find that okay, is all I can think! I wouldn’t! Not even with my grown children.
    My father’s side of the family worked for the railroads. My grandmother’s father was an engineer around Rodman, FL, which is no longer there. She had a LOT of respect for trains.
    I had my grandmother in my car one day, taking her to see the house I lived in with my roommates. We stopped at a stop sign which put us directly over some tracks. Trains rarely used these tracks. However, she looked and saw an engine and it had its light on. That meant the engine was indeed going and forward – towards us. She tried to find the door handle to jump out!
    It’s coming! It’s coming” she was crying!
    I checked to make sure I could go and sped away! I thought she was going to have a heart attack!
    She had seen neighbors and others who were involved in train accidents. They still happen.

  18. JOhn C Avatar
    JOhn C

    Aside from the danger, I have read that photos of people on tracks generally makes the viewer anxious, so unless that’s the intent it’s also not a good site for that reason

  19. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    Train tracks and photographs have been discussed from News to Social Media about the dangers involved. However, we do have Darwinism. If at this point you have not been taken out of the gene pool by attempting to get a selfie or photo at train tracks, you are safe…