‘Are You a Train?': Maine DOT Slams ‘Jabronis’ Illegal Railroad Bridge Photo Shoot
You've gotta love it when the Maine Department of Transportation calls out a couple of people spotted on a railroad bridge in Waterville, and uses the term "jabroni."
The MaineDOT sent up a drone to look at the work being done on the replacement of the Ticonic Bridge, which crosses the Kennebec River in Waterville. It's 113 years old, so it desperately needs replacement at a cost of $52.8 million. The MaineDOT says that the new bridge will be modern and last for another 100 years, long after you and I are gone. If flying cars are invented within that time, maybe it won't be needed for 100 years.
While that drone was in the air, it flew near the old Maine Central railroad bridge that connected to the "lower road," a rail line that connected Waterville with Portland via Rockland and Brunswick. The bridge doesn't see much use today as CSX, which operates the line now, uses a different line to get to Portland.
Even though the bridge is not regularly active, it's illegal to set foot on any railroad property, whether the line is active or not. But that never seems to stop photographers who seem to love being on the rails for the perfect wedding or senior picture photo.
Looks like that's was happening in this photo taken by the drone. Someone wanted a perfect picture. Well, look up and smile! The MaineDOT got one, too.
I don't know who is behind this wonderful piece of social media, but calling these two "jabronis" is epic, especially when they could have used a footbridge just a quarter of a mile up the river.
Never heard of the term 'jabroni'? Here's a quick history. It was an insult first used by the famous WWE wrestler "The Iron Sheik," according to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He may have made it his own, but he gives all the credit to The Iron Sheik for using it first, and it's now officially been added to dictionary.com.
Let this be a lesson, people. Do not walk on railroad tracks, even if not active. It's trespassing, and it's dangerous. And you might get called out on social media, jabroni.
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