Re: Railroad Trespassing in California
Take a closer look at 369i. It does not say "entry, presence, or conduct that interferes with..." It says "would interfere with..." That is a big difference. Your presence on the right-of-way "would interfere" with any railroad operation, should any occur. Just because you have not seen a train use those tracks for 3 years does not mean that they are not going to be used again 10 minutes from now. You say they are not currently operational due to track safety issues. That does not mean that they are never going to send a locomotive or railway car down those tracks on an inspection tour, a grinder car to resurface the tracks, or convert it to use for light rail vehicles (the track gauge is the same). Since you do not manage the railway company that owns the right-of-way, you really cannot say if or when those tracks will be used again. So, no, hiking in the area would not be "ok."
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