I had never heard of this until I read the article, but here we have a model for trainspotting. In the UK, the benefit of photographers trackside is recognised unofficially. In the US, several railroads operate civilian observation initiatives.
In Canada: nothing. Here is the chance to secure the position of railfans in society. This is especially important following the foiled plot to bomb/derail a train in southern Ontario. Let's form Rail Watch!
#Avgeeks: The new warriors on terror - CNN.com