My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
There is a railroad near my house that has operated on and off for decades. It has currently not been operated the last 3 years because of safety issues that need to be fixed and no money to fix them. This area is popular with hikers and mountain bikers because of the scenery. Despite no trains operating the last 3 years, railroad police continue to cite "trespassers".
There are a few "No trespassing" signs in the area that cite 4 penal codes: 555, 602L, 369i & 587b. This is a brief definition of each and why I don't believe it pertains to hikers.
555 - Pertains to entering Posted Property. Posted Property is defined in section 554.1. Because the railroad is longer than one linear mile, to consider the area Posted, they are required to have signs at an interval not less than 600 feet along exterior boundaries, at each corner, and at each entrance. <<The railroad is not even remotely signed enough to be considered Posted, so this section does not pertain>> http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/555.html
602L - Entering land with signs forbidden trespassing at least 3 per mile along exterior boundaries and refusing to leave immediately if requested. <<There are no signs along exterior boundaries, but I would leave if told to do so>> http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/602.html
369i - Persons entering railroad property and whose entry, presence, or conduct would interfere with, interrupt, or hinder the safe and efficient operation of any locomotive, railway car, or train is guilty of a misdemeanor. <<No trains running for 3 years, so nothing to hinder>> http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/369i.html
587b - Unauthorized persons entering into or climbing on a train. <<I won't be touching any of their equipment>>
Am I missing something, or does it seem that hiking in the area would be OK? If told to leave, and you do so, you should not be guilty of trespassing or any other crime.