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freight48 12-01-2005 11:56 PM

How do you know...
how do u know which rail your taking pictures on? is there a website?

Frederick 12-02-2005 12:03 AM

You mean what railroad? On most crossings, there's this thing that looks like a license plate, and it has the RR reporting marks on it. They rarely get replaced, so they might be out of date.

milepost 48.1 12-02-2005 12:03 AM

Do you mean that you want to know which railroad owns the track?

NicTrain35 12-02-2005 12:31 AM

Keep an eye out for trespassing signs. BNSF's sign says "Trespassers are warned to stay off the BNSF Railway property".

ddavies 12-02-2005 01:42 PM

Some hobby shops will have RR map books (DeLorme), that will show the route each RR takes from city to city. If you are in a small town, it would be pretty easy to figure out, knowing only one or two railroads pass through that town. In cities, there are tracks everywhere, and these books may not be detailed enough to tell one from the other (sometimes there are multiple railroads with tracks beside each other).
There are places where two or more railroads share each others track, so seeing a particular train does not always mean they own the tracks.

Probaby the best thing to tell you is try and find a local railfan who can help educate you on the local activities.

bigcman 12-03-2005 12:06 AM

You could possibly ask someone one this board or another about the specific location. People here seem willing to help when they can. If the DeLorme map is too expensive for your taste, you might be able to purchase a paper map that is folded accordian style for a more reasonable price. They sometimes have the railroad name listed near the track, you might want to sneak a peek before you buy. Another method you could try is Mapquest, if I am not mistaken they sometimes list the railroad name next to the tracks. I hope this helps.

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