I live about 1/4 mile from the U.P. (originally C.P.) main line. There are great places in the desert and in the Sierra mountains to watch trains. I think of it as fishing. I hang out, read a book and if I catch something, great, if not, I still got to enjoy the great outdoors (perfect solo hobby during these months of Covid19 isolation . I have been doing this for years so have picked up a few essential habits. 1) stay pleasant to the few people and Railroad workers you encounter. 2) do your best to stay off Railroad property 3) DO NOT hang out on or near the tracks it can be dangerous! Modern trains can be amazingly quiet. I have been asleep and awoken with a train already passing by. If I cross tracks I look both ways, and cross at a 90 degree angle and move off. I'm known to many of the "local" engineers, work crews and Amtrak drivers (it never hurts to smile and wave). I've also talked to nearly every law enforcement group who had jurisdiction in the places I go. They now know what I'm doing there and are almost always friendly (again friendliness is contagious . I have a scanner to help in keeping track of the comings and goings of traffic. I feed the local rabbits and squires with grapes, grain products & bread (again stay friendly with the locals . That's about it. An Afterthought is I'm trying to map out with Mile post numbers (hopefully for a google earth overlay) all the sidings & spurs on the Nevada sub, Roseville sub, Canyon sub, Mina sub and (whatever "f" stands for) sub on the old W.P. lines. Nice to meet you all.