North Shore Scenic Railroad staff had to act quickly today to stop a train and avoid what could have been a terrible tragedy.

Railroad companies across the country have been warning photographers for years that using their tracks as a prop in a photo shoot is not only dangerous, but it is also illegal, as the tracks are private property of the railroad.

But photograpers, both ameatuer and professinal, still use the tracks as a backdrop for portraits, often of children and families. I am even guilty of this, I only did it once and I will never do it again.

But when I did it, I didn't have lighting gear, cases, assistants and multiple subjects hanging out around the tracks either like this photographer that was nearly hit by one of the North Shore Scenic Railroad's trains today.

Trains are not to be taken lightly, they are incredibly big, heavy and hard to stop, making them extremely dangerous to be around. It's hard for me to sit here and throw stones being that I'm guilty of this, but I've learned my lesson and I hope this photographer and others do as well.

Today is a good lesson of reasons to not trespass on railroad property. As our train was coming around the corner at...

Posted by North Shore Scenic Railroad on Wednesday, June 24, 2015