Railside Classic Outtake: Baby On Tracks

In our walks, we see some unusual things, non automotive too. Since I’m feeling a bit unconstrained today, I thought I’d share one of them with you. These shiny and well used rails are the mainline Union Pacific tracks where they run through the heart of Eugene, and numerous freights (as well as the Coast Starlight) roll through here at pretty good clips. Several folks get nipped by them every year.  My point-and-shoot camera has a lousy zoom, so this crop is a bit fuzzy. But what is this poor little baby doing here?

Wonder if any child labor laws were broken? I’m hardly a nanny-pamby, but couldn’t you have found a deserted siding to do this? There’s plenty around. It might have looked a bit better.