Attention Railfans, BNSF Wants You

This is pretty interesting. I must admit, though, I’m surprised more railroads haven’t already offered something like this:

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) is recruiting rail fans to help keep BNSF properties safe by reporting suspicious activities and to help prevent possible security breaches.

“Keeping America’s rail transportation network safe from crime and terrorist activity is a high priority for the railroad industry,” says William Heileman, BNSF general director, Police and Protection Solutions. “Every day across the country, rail fans photograph and watch trains as they pass through communities. It seems natural to harness their interest to help keep America’s rail system safe.”

Rail fans can register for the program by going to the Citizens United for Rail Security (CRS) Web site ( CRS participants will receive an official identification card along with access to news and information on the BNSF CRS Web site.

It might be worth checking out.
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