Rail Safety Week September 14 through 20
Union Pacific Railroad urges professional photographers to stay
safe, stay away from train tracks
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[September 17, 2014]
fall weather arrives, Union Pacific Railroad is urging professional
photographers to refrain from taking photographs of sports teams,
high school seniors, wedding parties and other subjects on or near
train tracks or trestles.
Last year, more than 900 people were injured or killed while
trespassing on railroad property in the U.S., according to Federal
Railroad Administration statistics.
Union Pacific is committed to public safety through various channels
such as community events, media outreach, law enforcement
partnerships, employee resource groups and Operation Lifesaver. The
UP CARES (Union Pacific Crossing Accident Reduction Education and
Safety) public safety initiative brings together communities in a
collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad grade crossing
and pedestrian safety.
"As part of our UP CARES initiative, we want to remind photographers
that walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous
because you never know when a train will come along," said Lawrence
Wenko, Union Pacific director – Public Safety. "We urge professional
and amateur photographers alike to set the right example for others
by adhering to the safety guidelines."
Recently a Nebraska high school volleyball team thought it would be
unique to have their team photo taken on nearby railroad tracks. The
double track main line they chose for their photograph sees more
than 50 trains a day. As they were beginning to get in position for
their photograph on the railroad tracks, a railroad employee saw the
team and contacted the train dispatcher in time to avoid disaster –
the crew of an approaching train applied the emergency brakes to
avoid hitting the students. There were no injuries.
In 2012, a teacher who taught art and photography, was struck and
killed by a train while taking photos on the tracks. In response to
tragic and preventable incidents like this, Union Pacific is working
with Professional Photographers of America on rail safety education
outreach to the professional photography community.
The UP CARES
public safety initiative promotes pedestrian and driver safety
through a variety of outreach channels:
Grade crossing education and enforcement, during which
motorists violating rail crossing signage and laws are educated
about the dangers of such actions. Related “positive enforcement”
initiatives reward drivers who operate safely at grade crossings.
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Safety trains, hosting local law enforcement, media and
public officials and providing them the opportunity to ride
in the locomotive cab and see traffic violations from a
locomotive engineer’s point of view. This also allows Union
Pacific to connect with community leaders and help them better
understand the railroad’s safety focus.
blitzes, which educate the public via community events, media
outreach and paid advertising. Media outreach coincides with safety
trains in UP communities.
Union Pacific Railroad’s photo policy
and other safety tips are at the following address:
[Text received; MARK DAVIS, UNION
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union
Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized
companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western
two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the
global supply chain. From 2004-2013, Union Pacific invested
approximately $30 billion in its network and operations to support
America’s transportation infrastructure. The railroad’s diversified
business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals,
Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many
of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all
major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects
with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six
major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly
10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable,
fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.