Letter: Stay Off the Railroad Tracks

To the Editor:

On the front page recently, there was an article about trespassing on railroad tracks (“Police Target Trespassers; Hartford Residents Look for a Way Around Railroad Properties,” May 27).

Last week, my dad and I went to pick up my brother at the Windsor station, and there were three people on the tracks. One was about 3 years old, and they were on the tracks 10 minutes before the train was due to come in. They were past the yellow lane (the safety zone) playing with rocks in the middle of the tracks! My dad told them that the train was coming and that they were past the yellow line. They said that it was fine because there was plenty of time before the arrival time posted on the side of the station.

A train’s time can change on a dime. Even if a train is on time, it is never safe to go on the tracks, whether or not there’s a “No Trespassing” sign. My dad told them three times, and then they finally got off the tracks. The train came, we picked up my brother and we left. I turned around in my seat, looked back, and they were back on the tracks.

People can go around fences. A fence is only a good idea if you’d like to put up 300 miles of it. Trespassing is illegal. That’s why the police are keeping an eye out.

Virginia Drye