There are a lot of photographers looking for the perfect backdrop for fall family photos, senior pics and other great photo opportunities. But there is a place that you can not get your photograph taken at or on because it's illegal to do so in the state of Arkansas and Texas.

Railroad tracks That's right, it's illegal to get your picture taken on railroad tracks. Did you know this? How many times have you seen a great photo with someone standing on the railroad tracks?

Why is Taking Photos on a Train Track Illegal?


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Why is it illegal? First of all, because it is super Dangerous! Even if you see a train from what you think is far away those trains can move fast. The problem is, they can not stop fast. Heck, they can't even slow down fast. It can take up to a mile or more for a train to come to a complete stop!


There is Another Really Big Reason it's Illegal And You Could be Fined up to $10,000 and do Jail Time

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Railroad tracks are private property. If you don't have permission, you can be fined up to $10,000 and it could also include jail time for trespassing on private property. Is a photo like this really worth it?

According to

(It's) illegal unless you have received written permission from the railroad company that owns that set of tracks, or if they are abandoned and ownership was handed back to the original owner of the land, then the owner of the land.


What About Abandoned Rail Road Tracks?


Even If you think the tracks are abandoned they can become active without any warning.


In the End, Railroad Tracks Aren't a Great  Photo Background


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For your next portrait, whether it's for a senior picture, engagement or a family photo it might be better to just go to a park or stand in front of a really cool old building downtown. The photo will be just as good and better yet, it will be much safer too.

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