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First of all, next time I'm in India I'm gunna give you a call so you can show me where that tunnel is. Second, the only real precaution you need to take is to ensure that in the event of a train encounter, that there is room for the train to pass by safely with you in the tunnel. I've actually been caught in train tunnel with a train coming the other way. ...


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In most parts of the world going through a working train tunnel on foot is illegal, in all parts of the world it verges on suicidal. I can imagine there are places in the world where, there are no other reasonable options. In this case, in addition to common sense items required for walking in a dark tunnel. Get a rail schedule, and do research to ...


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It's quite simple really. If the railway is abandoned, bring an LED headlamp and a set of backup batteries. Edit: Use the buddy system if you can. If the railway is not abandoned, don't step foot into that tunnel. That's a sure way to risk being killed.


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What is great about railbiking (or draisines as some call them) is that there is such a diversity of styles in use all around the globe and have even been employed in the military occasionally. I generally only use abandoned railway lines as they are safer to use than active ones. It is as easy as riding any ordinary bike (my style). You simply are not ...


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I was searching in relation to this question and found the following which I thought was interesting. It seems to be common to walk along these tracks, but I don't know what the legality of it is. Dudhsagar Falls (switch between "Map" and "Earth" views to see where the tracks are if you need help) Here's an article about an adventure a group of people had:...


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I've located two current possibilities in Germany, and one potential option in the United States. The first, and what looks like the best, option, is a company called Draisinentour. It utilizes sections of the Glan Valley Railway in the German State of Rhineland-Palatinate. It's quite beautiful! The page with pictures of their draisines includes one which ...


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It is/was a popular pastime for environmentalists to chain themselves to the rails, and worse, to throw hooks onto the catenary. Trains catch these hooks and rip the catenary down. For this reason, the Train Police (Bahnpolizei) is sometimes on the lookout, and if they can't find real terrorists, harass normal people. I'd avoid railway lines when atomic ...


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I'll answer about India, and Indian Railways. While in India, you can't call it legally approved to be okay to walk on railway tracks. I'd say the way things are taken is depending upon where you are. Officially, trespassing any of the Railway property without being a passenger on a train or an authorized person to be there is illegal. Its quite ...


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If the police catches you walking on the rail, the fine will be small. But there are some other risks: A high voltage power line above you. Walking on a rail is a popular method for suicide. If someone sees you they may call an ambulance, the police and stop all trains on that track. If the railway company has to compensate hundreds of passengers for being ...


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Having been dumb enough to try this (albeit with a 500m tunnel), I will mention a few drawbacks: Trains going downhill make very little noise, and tunnel rails are often specially damped, so you will have less warning than outside A high speed train gives you very little time to react In some cases, in a two line tunnel, you will have trains going in the ...


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This is a supplement to @Ken Graham's excellent in-depth answer. It's an expansion on a link he referenced in his second picture, which seems to perfectly fit the criteria you're seeking. The organization is called Rail Explorers. They provide guided tours you can take in a safe environment, with no investment or experience necessary. All equipment is ...


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It seems that that there is at least one company that has wheelchair accessibility for railbike riding. It is in Belgium as can be seen here. Biking on rails: it is not an activity we do in the UK - well not legally at least - but wouldn't pedaling along railway lines be fun? Just sit back comfortably on a purpose-built open wagon and pedal your way ...


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This is the beginning of what WE in the rail industry call a "Trespasser Strike". It is their property and if they catch you in a tunnel they may be arrested and turn you over to the local authorities. Or perhaps you can be run down by a train, if they can't stop from getting you off the tracks. Stay off the tracks, stay out of the tunnels and stay off the ...


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