Two teenage girls were photographed sitting just inches from the live conductor rail on a stretch of track at Eastbourne.
A third person was also on the track close to a pedestrian level crossing taking a photograph of the schoolgirls.
The photo was taken some time ago but just released recently as part of a planning application to Eastbourne Borough Council.
The photo shows why Network Rail closed down the crossing – and why it hopes to build a permanent bridge over the railway track.
A spokesperson told planners in the report, “The two schoolgirls were sitting on the track with another taking the photo.
“The girl on the right was about three inches from a live conductor rail and in danger or death or serious injury.”
The picture was released after the rail firm finally closed the Willingdon Level Crossing, east of Hazelwood Avenue in Hampden Park in November after 22 incidents of abuse on the railway reported in the last six years and 14 in the last 18 months.
They included young people playing chicken on the track, throwing stones, graffiti and vandalism as well as vital cabling being stolen.
Network Rail has now submitted plans to Eastbourne council to build a permanent bridge over the railway track.