Adorable Batman-obsessed family photos criticized for crossing line

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A Batman-obsessed family is taking heat from public safety officials for their superhero-themed photo-shoot on active train tracks in Milwaukee.

The pictures posted on Facebook last week show a young boy, dressed as Batman’s sidekick Robin, his mother pretending to be tied up to train tracks with Batman there to rescue them.  Their photos were part of Father’s Day present.

The photos were “liked” by most Facebook users, but that wasn’t the case with train safety advocates.  Sherly Cummings, executive director of Minnesota’s Operation Lifesaver, issued a warning on the photographer’s page.

“The public isn’t aware what they’re doing is illegal and it’s dangerous,” Cummings told the Daily News. “They don’t realize what they’re doing is normalizing the behavior.”

Wisconsin Railroad Regulations and Liabilities statues only allows railroad workers to walk on or along the tracks, the Daily News reported.

Apparently, Cummings reaches out to photographers when she sees pictures taken on the tracks.

According to Daily News, the mother in the photos was unaware taking pictures on the tracks were illegal.


  • Rob

    Things a real Operation Lifesaver would ask!!!
    1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages?
    2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work?
    3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings?
    4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME?
    5. Why aren’t railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it’s their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year.
    6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren’t required to be removed?
    7. Why the crossing surfaces aren’t wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap?
    8. Why the train cabs aren’t required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!!
    9. Why the front of trains aren’t required to have air bags or something to soften impacts?
    10. Why trains don’t have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck.
    11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN.
    12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog?
    13. Why the crossings aren’t lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night?
    14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings?
    15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed?Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!!
    16. Why the railroad isn’t required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains?
    17. Why the railroad isn’t required to raise their overpasses so big trucks can get under them? The railroad wants to double stack and our road overpasses are too low—no problem WE PAY MILLIONS.
    18. Why drug/alcohol tests aren’t done on rail crews at crossing/pedestrian collisions?
    19. Why railroads are allowed to get off with the train black box , signal black box (if crossing signals are present), and cab video at crossing/pedestrian collisions?
    20. Why the fact is hidden that trains kill a few thousand people in 100 million train miles when regular drivers have like ONE death?
    21.Why Amtrak passengers aren’t required to look at the despicable shape of the crossings before they board the trains?
    22.Why train horns aren’t blown at private crossings till the last second freezing drivers?
    23.Why the railroads track lights can’t be at a crossing?
    24 .Why railroads need track lights and civilians don’t?
    WAITING FOR OLI/OLI.CA response.

    • merp

      Yup. +1 for you’re an idiot. Majority of crossing are paid for and maintained by the railroad company that owns the track. When they need fixing. Railroad employees fix them. Not city workers. Trains operate in the fog just like semi trucks, boats and cars operate in the fog. With headlights. And are probably more safe cause there’s only a certain train on any track and any given time. With scheduled meets in designated areas to allow other trains to pass. Drug and alcohol tests are done on the crew any time there is an incident.

      Learn your facts. I feel bad for you cause you wasted so much time typing out such a long fact less, misinformed and uneducated response.

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