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A YOUNG train enthusiast has been left heartbroken after a railway company refused to let him photograph its trains.
Jason Blackman, 12, was at Flinders St station a fortnight ago when a Connex worker said he could not take photos because he had not filled out a form stating what date and time he wanted to indulge in his hobby.
Jason and his father Robert, who live in Sunshine, later filled out the form but were told this week it wasn't specific enough.
Mr Blackman, a former railway signalman, said his son was shattered.
"It's an overreaction and he's very disappointed because he's been doing it for years," Mr Blackman said.
"He just can't understand how anyone can knock him back.
"Basically we didn't provide specific dates and times and stations. We put down school holidays and occasional weekends."
Mr Blackman said he contacted Transport Minister Peter Batchelor's office yesterday.
"I can't see the harm. We're not going to blow anyone up. We're not terrorists. We're just normal people," he said.
Connex spokesman Andrew Cassidy said the procedure was necessary for security reasons.
"It's unfortunate but in today's climate and with the security conditions we need to enforce, we ask amateur photographers to give us some prior warning," he said.
"Even in the case of a 12-year-old boy we don't make assumptions about who is or isn't a risk."
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