daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Railways

Railways (Inter)national commuter and freight trains



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old December 31st, 2009, 12:45 AM   #1
Rail_Serbia
Registered User
 
Rail_Serbia's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Beograd
Posts: 962
Likes (Received): 667

MISC | Is Photography of Trains Illegal in your Country?

Is your country prohibited photographing trains?

In Serbia, there is an old law from the time of socialism, when only spies and communist officials had cameras. Do you experience discomfort, and if you have trouble with the police (if they observe that you are shooting) that depend only on the kind of staff will face in stations. In Novi Sad are the worst, they call the police immediately. But in Subotica, you can photographe all around, and no one will mistreat you.

In Russia there is a real danger of terrorist attacks, but Russia doesn`t prohibited photographing trains! Russian trains don`t have grafitti, and terrorist atacks always happen in some Neverlands.

In France it has never happened terrorist attack on railways, at least I think. I think that with them taking pictures of trains has never been prohibited.

Why prohibit photographing trains, when there are satellite images available to every Internet user in the world?
Rail_Serbia no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old December 31st, 2009, 01:02 AM   #2
DanielFigFoz
Registered User
 
DanielFigFoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: No fixed abode
Posts: 4,428
Likes (Received): 890

I got in trouble in Portugal for taking photos at a station.
DanielFigFoz no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2009, 09:21 AM   #3
v_florin
Registered User
 
v_florin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Bucharest
Posts: 935
Likes (Received): 462

I don't know about trains, but the subway security staff in St. Petersburg definitely take issue with taking pictures inside...in Romania no one ever admonished me in Bucharest's main station, in Thailand it was also OK, as was in Malaysia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland...

I think the former CIS is the worst for this kind of stuff...
v_florin está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old December 31st, 2009, 01:26 PM   #4
Manchester Planner
Chief Bureaucrat
 
Manchester Planner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 6,831
Likes (Received): 4

In Britain it's okay, though you're meant to ask for permission (i.e. inform the station staff who you are and what you'll be doing today) at the larger stations (for security reasons). Often a "jumped-up" station staff will stop you, and then you just tell them that you're a train spotter lol. I don't see how taking photos of trains could really help terrorists, etc, in their activities. Over-the-top anxiety on behalf of officials methinks.
Manchester Planner no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 1st, 2010, 01:57 PM   #5
poshbakerloo
***Alexxx***
 
poshbakerloo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: London, Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield, Moscow
Posts: 5,091
Likes (Received): 288

yeh it angers me when they tell some fat old innocent looking man who is blatantly not a terrorist "u cnt take photos!" urg
__________________
"BEFORE WE MARRY...I HAVE A SECRET!"

I <3 London
poshbakerloo no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 01:46 AM   #6
fe_lipe
Registered User
 
fe_lipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ribeirão Pires, SP - Brazil
Posts: 62
Likes (Received): 42

Brazil - São paulo

I don't know about all railways in Brazil - but in the São Paulo commuter/suburban trains sometimes people get in trouble... there are some discussion about it in a few brazilian threads.

And I thinks there's not a certain reason. Generally it's because of passengers and privacy of them, but even taking photos of trains and stations sometimes might put you in trouble. Kinda silly
__________________

Amar é mudar a alma de casa.

- Mário Quintana
fe_lipe no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 01:56 AM   #7
worldrailfan
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 9
Likes (Received): 0

Here is some suprise.In my native Poland I have never problem taking photo of train.In fact I never had problem in other European country.I agree with the comment about UK.On large station you need to ask a permission but otherwise no problem.

In "democratic and free" America where I live presently...I got 4 times treated with arrest for taking picture of train!
worldrailfan no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:36 AM   #8
Stainless
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Pyeongnae
Posts: 420
Likes (Received): 34

Quote:
Originally Posted by Manchester Planner View Post
In Britain it's okay, though you're meant to ask for permission (i.e. inform the station staff who you are and what you'll be doing today) at the larger stations (for security reasons). Often a "jumped-up" station staff will stop you, and then you just tell them that you're a train spotter lol. I don't see how taking photos of trains could really help terrorists, etc, in their activities. Over-the-top anxiety on behalf of officials methinks.
This is an increasing problem for photographers everywhere, 'jumped up' police and PCSOs (community support officers, like police but they can't arrest you, just tell you off and wait for a real policeman to turn up) People have been arrested and have been asked to delete images all over the place. They must have some intelligence that terrorists are taking photos of public property which you could probably get deatailed plans of quite legally if you wanted to and somehow using this to plan attacks. Photographers are not taking this lying down though and many stand their ground until the official gets someone to check the rules and clarifies that they are not doing anything illegal.
Stainless no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:01 AM   #9
burningbaka
Registered User
 
burningbaka's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ichikawa city, Chiba
Posts: 37
Likes (Received): 4

There is no regulation against shooting trains in Japan. But flash photographing is socially-unpopular.
burningbaka no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:35 AM   #10
mgk920
Nonhyphenated-American
 
mgk920's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Appleton, WI USA
Posts: 2,583
Likes (Received): 68

In the USA, photographing trains is unrestricted - from OFF of railroad property (most railroad companies in the USA are VERY touchy about being on their land these days). Public passenger stations are hit or miss, depending on the agency running the service, but in most cases it is stay out of the way and no flash.

Mike
mgk920 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 09:19 PM   #11
zaphod
PRESIDENT OF SPACE
 
zaphod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,175
Likes (Received): 1673

Not officially, but the police will still hassle you

I still don't see how its such a big deal, or if terrorists even use photos that much. Its not like Al Qaeda need some graphics for their power point presentation "blowing up trains for dummies" at their next seminar...
zaphod no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 11:09 PM   #12
Mostly Lurking
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,823
Likes (Received): 0

Quote:
Originally Posted by poshbakerloo View Post
yeh it angers me when they tell some fat old innocent looking man who is blatantly not a terrorist "u cnt take photos!" urg
Maybe you could explain to us what a terrorist looks like?

Good luck
Mostly Lurking no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 2nd, 2010, 11:15 PM   #13
RoadUser
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 200
Likes (Received): 21

In Israel still photography is allowed without restriction.

If some moron of a security guard tries to stop you, just tell him to bugger off.

You need permission to make movies.
RoadUser no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 3rd, 2010, 12:54 AM   #14
Majevčan
Српски Форум
 
Majevčan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 5,101
Likes (Received): 885

In Germany there is trouble aswell. A friend of mine even got arrested(for a couple of hours) after he and his friend took pics of the ICE but this was somewhere in the ninties...
__________________
Republika Srpska
Majevčan no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 4th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #15
mirza-sm
Lilium Bosniacum
 
mirza-sm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Frederiksberg, CPH
Posts: 36,671
Likes (Received): 7996

As far as I know, no problems of taking such pictures in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
__________________
visitsarajevo.ba
mirza-sm no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 5th, 2010, 12:36 PM   #16
K_
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,744
Likes (Received): 243

When I was in Croatia I asked permission to take pictures when I boarded the train at Split. I did this because I thought that given the countries past it might be a wise idea. I not only got told that taking pictures was not a problem, I even ended up spending the whole Split - Zagreb trip seated next to the driver... :-)
K_ no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 5th, 2010, 01:02 PM   #17
sidney_jec
Complex Equation
 
sidney_jec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 7,085

one has to go past the ego of the station master to take a pic at the stations..
they consider themselves to be the proprieter of the station and will charge you with violating some stupid security laws..
but once you "ask" them its a smooth ride..
__________________
ye bik gayi hai gormint

PS: Lord Murugan never deleted signatures. Never
sidney_jec no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 6th, 2010, 04:57 AM   #18
metsfan
Photographer
 
metsfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Newtown, PA
Posts: 661
Likes (Received): 42

In the USA only PATH is restricted where i live. Otherwise railfans have free reign, as long as they are not in a restricted area.

- A
__________________
Lets Go Mets!
metsfan no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 6th, 2010, 04:48 PM   #19
keber
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Slovenia
Posts: 9,878
Likes (Received): 1364

I had no problem taking photos on stations in Cambodia and Vietnam although you can't just enter onto platforms, you need permission or ticket.
keber no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 6th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #20
L2
King of Bali
 
L2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Kuta Beach, Bali, Indonesia
Posts: 5,804
Likes (Received): 468

I was interviewed by an undercover police officer at Moor Park, north-west of London for taking photos at the station, particularly he was concerned I might have taken some of the infrastructure rather than of a train.

Not sure if the Londoners on SSC would consider this station a major target?

Otherwise in UK/Australia/France/Russia I've not had anybody tell me off for many photos over the last year.
__________________
L2 comes between L1 and L3
L2 no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 11:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium