FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Why should rail enthusiasts avoid taking photos of military equipment?
Posting photos of military equipment and movement information on web sites seems harmless; however, that info can be valuable to criminals and terrorists. While it might not be illegal to photograph unclassified military shipments, doing so can unintentionally draw attention to these shipments, especially if posted while the shipment is under way.
- How do I become a member?
From the Protect the Line web site home, enter your email address or click the “JOIN” tab at the top of the page and follow the enrollment instructions.
- How do I know if a person really is an NS special agent?
Uniformed NS Police and plain-clothes special agents carry credentials. Concerns should be referred to NS Police at (800) 453-2530.
- How much does it cost to join Protect the Line?
Nothing. It’s free.
- Will I be contacted by railroad police if I report something?
When you call, you will be greeted by a person. If you leave a message, NS Police may contact you if they need more info or in the event that you would be required to provide a witness statement for a criminal investigation.
- How can I get NS to provide a Protect the Line program for my community group?
Just call NS Police at (800) 453-2530, and ask.
- Can I enter railroad property as part of the Protect the Line program?
No. Trespassing on railroad property is a crime and is dangerous. As a member of Protect the Line, you are not authorized to enter any railroad property. Besides, many publicly-accessible sites provide great views of passing trains and other railroad operations. Protect the Line members should enjoy train watching from those locations and to report anyone who trespasses on railroad property.
- What does NS want Protect the Line members to report?
All Protect the Line members should report the following observations:
- Suspicious objects left on or near railroad tracks and infrastructure
- Gates either left open or damaged
- Suspicious activities and people
- Issues at grade crossings