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Title: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: cc71 on September 09, 2013, 10:36:26 am
Any railfans here? I have been interested in railways for years probably because our next door neighbour was a train driver.
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: INnudeguy on September 09, 2013, 01:20:16 pm
Jopartain on here is, he loves trains.
Title: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: jabber1990 on December 04, 2013, 01:27:56 am
I am thinking about trying to get back into model railroading after a 10 year hiatus (long story) I want to do HO Scale, I have a bunch of HO scale stuff already

I don't have much of a long or short term plan, my long term plan is of course everyone elses, build something huge

just thought i'd share with everyone
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: ToneBender on December 04, 2013, 06:33:17 am
We get a lot of huuuge trains here so I try to snap pictures whenever I can. It's also possible to walk right up to the engines when they're idling on sidings in smaller towns - I haven't actually talked to any engineers yet but I'd love to get a look inside one.
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: AElf on December 04, 2013, 11:37:24 am
I really like trains.  Unfortunately we do not get enough of them around here . . . there is no passenger service here except for summer excursion trains.  Mostly I see unit trains of crude oil going to the refinery or LPG leaving the regasification port.  There is some variety, though nothing like you would see in the US Mid-West or out in Alberta.
Confession time . . . a friend and I bagged a freight last summer.   :879  We got all dressed up in camo then hopped a wood chip train and rode it for 270 km on top of one of the loads . . . out of sight of anyone not in an aircraft we didn't get caught.  We had a little picnic enroute and we even did a little naked sunbathing just for bragging rights.  It was a lot of fun and it was really exciting, but it was an incredibly stupid thing to do.  BIG lecture from my lawyer uncle afterward.

Cross that one off the ol' bucket list.

(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTXUPZg5NQbyFzVAHImidIjn1TAucoRZh6wLPCMlxaoz42Ko4D-)

(It is not my own photo and the power isn't pulling the right sort of cars but it is the right railway)
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: ToneBender on December 04, 2013, 01:55:24 pm
Awesome - My brother and his friends did that once. I never have.
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: DoozerUK on December 09, 2013, 11:01:36 pm
If you're ever in Europe, go to Hamburg and visit here:

http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/ (http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/)

It's ridiculously good.
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: LuvThemGiants on December 10, 2013, 02:52:02 pm
If you're ever in Europe, go to Hamburg and visit here:

http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/ (http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/)

It's ridiculously good.


That place is genuinely brilliant. Hamburg is a great city, I visit friends there every couple of years, St Pauli and the Reeperbahn are good night time fun
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: NudieDaniel on January 17, 2014, 07:28:07 am
Me I do videos too https://www.youtube.com/user/dpalenski (https://www.youtube.com/user/dpalenski)

Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: Stephen on January 17, 2014, 02:06:43 pm
Favourite form of transportation, to say the least about it.

Have you guys ever played the Ticket To Ride app? Check it out, when ya get a chance, it is about using startegy to connect rails against opponents, doesn't sound heaps of fun, but it gets addictive.
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: mikeisnude on January 17, 2014, 02:54:06 pm
Mainly it's my room mate that is into Steam Locomotive Trains but his interest is starting to rub off on me since I've been with him to several Heritage Railroads that operate Steam Locomotives.
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: jabber1990 on January 17, 2014, 03:29:50 pm
there aren't that many trains that go through my area however I'm trying to get back into Model Railroading.


I had an ex GF who had an Amtrak/Union Pacific line that ran literally right through her backyard
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: cc71 on January 17, 2014, 07:11:57 pm
Those are DC class locos aren't they, Daniel?
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: jabber1990 on January 17, 2014, 08:36:18 pm
I decided to take a "family" photo of the small collection of Locomotives I have, I'll take a better picture in a few days
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Post by: NudieDaniel on January 17, 2014, 09:13:55 pm
Those are DC class locos aren't they, Daniel?

Yes
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Post by: INnudeguy on January 18, 2014, 03:41:35 am
Those are DC class locos aren't they, Daniel?

Yes

hey Daniel do you have any pics of vids of steam loco's ?
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: jopartain on January 18, 2014, 04:25:09 am
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I honestly did not realize how many of you are railfans! :azn:

I actually live near the CN paint shop, a rail diamond, and multiple routes yet I still always miss the cool things like the CN business train at the shops or the EMD CN unit at the diamond.

Once I can get a car I think I'll be going on railfanning trips.
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: INnudeguy on January 18, 2014, 09:57:46 pm
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I honestly did not realize how many of you are railfans! :azn:

I actually live near the CN paint shop, a rail diamond, and multiple routes yet I still always miss the cool things like the CN business train at the shops or the EMD CN unit at the diamond.

Once I can get a car I think I'll be going on railfanning trips.

Once u get a car u will have to stop off and get Mike and go to that heritage railroad that he and his roomie go to
Title: Re: Railfans
Post by: NudieDaniel on January 22, 2014, 04:29:54 am
Those are DC class locos aren't they, Daniel?

Yes

hey Daniel do you have any pics of vids of steam loco's ?

Strange as it may seem I don't check my friend's channel he's got some https://www.youtube.com/user/alexandgruntz (https://www.youtube.com/user/alexandgruntz)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: Jake09 on January 30, 2014, 02:51:20 am
Yeh I love model railways. My Dad had one as a kid, and now I have one. Had kids trains (Tomy) as a kid. Now I have Hornby HO scale trains. Though they're not set up permanently as I don't have enough room here. But I bring them out at Christmas around the Christmas tree :-)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: cc71 on February 04, 2014, 09:20:07 am
There is a facinating site about NZ raiwlays called Valley Signals.

www.valleysignals.org.nz (http://www.valleysignals.org.nz)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: Jake09 on February 08, 2014, 05:26:22 am
Cool thanks for that site- it did have some interesting stuff on it!
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Post by: Jake09 on February 10, 2014, 02:56:15 am
It's great you can take the train. Here in New Zealand we don't have trains for passenger travel. We have goods trains and trains for tourists expeditions (the Transalpine and TransCoastal) but we don't have passenger trains. We have a few in the North Island but our rail networks are nothing like those in Europe. It's so sad...
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NudieDaniel on February 10, 2014, 03:06:39 am
It's great you can take the train. Here in New Zealand we don't have trains for passenger travel. We have goods trains and trains for tourists expeditions (the Transalpine and TransCoastal) but we don't have passenger trains. We have a few in the North Island but our rail networks are nothing like those in Europe. It's so sad...

That's an understatement but at least the first electric trains are coming into service on the Onehunga line in a few months woohoo
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jopartain on February 23, 2014, 10:29:56 pm
I love trains a lot....too bad I don't have a license yet.

In the area there are several cool trainwatching spots, though not too heavily active, and best of all

A railroad rebuilding shop, complete with a giant storage facility

AND

the Canadian National/Illinois Central paint shops!

PLUS a railroad diamond!!!!


In the meantime, I make model railroads on my computer...pretty fun too.  There are tons of train games, and there are always cool things to see, like

trainzforge.weebly.com
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NudieDaniel on February 23, 2014, 11:05:07 pm
I love trains a lot....too bad I don't have a license yet.

In the area there are several cool trainwatching spots, though not too heavily active, and best of all

A railroad rebuilding shop, complete with a giant storage facility

AND

the Canadian National/Illinois Central paint shops!

PLUS a railroad diamond!!!!


In the meantime, I make model railroads on my computer...pretty fun too.  There are tons of train games, and there are always cool things to see, like

trainzforge.weebly.com

Got any train or rail related videos? this includes rail simulator videos, can be posted in the train videos thread I created
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jopartain on February 24, 2014, 02:30:03 am
I haven't gotten anything, though Canadian Railroad Observations, a magazine or somethin like that, always has pics from the paint shop on their FB page.

And this is my own.  The trains, tracks, textures, everything, was designed by someone else of course.  I haven't been an asset creator before, but I designed the layout in the picture.  I decided to clean out all of the unneeded pictures in the game library.  There were probably over 1000 crappy ones, but this is a good one.
(http://i61.tinypic.com/98agyw.jpg)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: ToneBender on February 24, 2014, 03:00:39 am
There's been ongoing debates about bullet trains in Canada - a Montreal-Toronto route and a Calgary-Edmonton route and neither has gained traction but there's an upcoming plebiscite in Alberta so we'll see what happens.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: vfherman on March 05, 2014, 10:43:38 am
Any railfans here? I have been interested in railways for years probably because our next door neighbour was a train driver.

I am a huge railfan. I live near CSX's S-Line in north Florida. Drives my wife crazy if I see a green or yellow signal, or hear a train horn.
Title: Re: anyone do railroading or railfanning?
Post by: vfherman on March 05, 2014, 10:45:56 am
I really like trains.  Unfortunately we do not get enough of them around here . . . there is no passenger service here except for summer excursion trains.  Mostly I see unit trains of crude oil going to the refinery or LPG leaving the regasification port.  There is some variety, though nothing like you would see in the US Mid-West or out in Alberta.
Confession time . . . a friend and I bagged a freight last summer.   :879  We got all dressed up in camo then hopped a wood chip train and rode it for 270 km on top of one of the loads . . . out of sight of anyone not in an aircraft we didn't get caught.  We had a little picnic enroute and we even did a little naked sunbathing just for bragging rights.  It was a lot of fun and it was really exciting, but it was an incredibly stupid thing to do.  BIG lecture from my lawyer uncle afterward.

Cross that one off the ol' bucket list.

(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTXUPZg5NQbyFzVAHImidIjn1TAucoRZh6wLPCMlxaoz42Ko4D-)

(It is not my own photo and the power isn't pulling the right sort of cars but it is the right railway)
You're lucky. My wife would have my hide if I done that. Although I will admit, I am still tempted to do it.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NudieDaniel on April 25, 2014, 12:16:09 am
For Jerry09 and only days to go until Auckland has electric trains in official service :3456

http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/04/24/christchurch-to-use-aucklands-old-trains/ (http://transportblog.co.nz/2014/04/24/christchurch-to-use-aucklands-old-trains/)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NatureForever on April 25, 2014, 02:27:22 am
I like Zombie Trains on CoD!
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: cc71 on April 25, 2014, 04:16:43 am
Hey Daniel

This is what could have been in Auckland: Robbie's Rapid Rail (Robbie being then Auckland mayor Sir Dove Myer Robinson)

www.transportblog.co.nz/2011/12/02/an-auckland-that-could-have-been-the-1972-auckland-rapid-rail-transit-plan/ (http://www.transportblog.co.nz/2011/12/02/an-auckland-that-could-have-been-the-1972-auckland-rapid-rail-transit-plan/)

Also

www.transportblog.co.nz/2010/01/15/the-1974-cbd-rail-tunnel-proposal/ (http://www.transportblog.co.nz/2010/01/15/the-1974-cbd-rail-tunnel-proposal/)

As you can see from the map, Auckland looked less sprawling in 1974.

Most fascinating
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: spipper on April 25, 2014, 04:47:52 am
Love trains! Town I grew up in had two passenger lines going through it, one to NYC and two to Philadelphia, and then all of the abandoned lines, freight lines, and haunted tunnels within driving distance. Love it!

Here's  a cool place to check out for anyone in that area. Spoooooky
http://www.americanghostsandhauntings.com/2011/04/perkasie-tunnel-ghost-train-perkasie-pa.html (http://www.americanghostsandhauntings.com/2011/04/perkasie-tunnel-ghost-train-perkasie-pa.html)
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NudieDaniel on April 25, 2014, 05:10:17 am
Hey Daniel

This is what could have been in Auckland: Robbie's Rapid Rail (Robbie being then Auckland mayor Sir Dove Myer Robinson)

www.transportblog.co.nz/2011/12/02/an-auckland-that-could-have-been-the-1972-auckland-rapid-rail-transit-plan/ (http://www.transportblog.co.nz/2011/12/02/an-auckland-that-could-have-been-the-1972-auckland-rapid-rail-transit-plan/)

Also

www.transportblog.co.nz/2010/01/15/the-1974-cbd-rail-tunnel-proposal/ (http://www.transportblog.co.nz/2010/01/15/the-1974-cbd-rail-tunnel-proposal/)

As you can see from the map, Auckland looked less sprawling in 1974.

Most fascinating

I used to know the author of the last post before he became the transport planner for the council and had to give up Transport blog he's doing great work at council but I miss his musings and the last time I saw him was last year walking down Queen St didn't talk to him. Miss you so much Jarbs  :cry:
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jboi on March 31, 2015, 11:39:18 pm
I like model trains :-) I have several of the Hornby HO scale trains
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Post by: davelemmo on April 02, 2015, 07:14:34 pm
Ive been into trains for as long as I can remember. I'm especially interested in  rare and vintage equipment. I'm considering becoming a Train Operator as well.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jopartain on April 02, 2015, 10:21:18 pm
Ive been into trains for as long as I can remember. I'm especially interested in  rare and vintage equipment. I'm considering becoming a Train Operator as well.

Cool pictures.  I'm thinking the same, but I'm questioning the work requirements for it.  I'm not a very physical person and I imagine there is a bit of physical labor involved.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: davelemmo on April 02, 2015, 11:42:42 pm
Ive been into trains for as long as I can remember. I'm especially interested in  rare and vintage equipment. I'm considering becoming a Train Operator as well.

Cool pictures.  I'm thinking the same, but I'm questioning the work requirements for it.  I'm not a very physical person and I imagine there is a bit of physical labor involved.

It is definately phyically demanding, especially during training from what I can gather. Im not super physical either, but I don't see that limititng be in any way. There's also a strong reading and writing component to operaitions that must be heeded.  Fortunately for you, you have time to prepare yourself for such a career.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jopartain on April 03, 2015, 05:37:06 pm
Hopefully.  I'm questioning my career paths right now and I don't want to go into teaching because of pay reasons, and I'm not such a great communicator.  For me, I'm stuck between this and designing locomotives and locomotive parts through mechanical engineering.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: davelemmo on April 03, 2015, 06:41:56 pm
I would recommend you go and get a 4 year degree anyway before you go looking for work as an operator. Having a degree will look better on your resume than just having general work experience. Also, direct trainee hire is quite competitive, so pretraining is through interning at Modoc Railroad is a wise investment. However, they dont take anyone under 21, and require either work experience or college education to qualify for internship.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: jopartain on April 04, 2015, 11:26:26 pm
I guess I'm still feeling lost on career path.  Thanks, though.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: NudieDaniel on April 04, 2015, 11:55:28 pm
I guess I'm still feeling lost on career path.  Thanks, though.

There a people lost at much older age, don't think you should worry at 15 when you haven't even started!!!
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: davelemmo on April 05, 2015, 03:09:39 am
 @NudieDaniel I couldn't agree with you more. I think alot of young people, myself included are lost on their career path. I am 25, and I am facing the obligation to work hitting me like a brick wall. @jopartain, you are only 15, you have time to sort things out for yourself. My advice to you, is to do what makes you happy careerwise.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: Ad1210 on December 10, 2015, 10:57:40 pm
An old topic I know but as Im a train driver I thought Id contribute. Ive been involved/employed on the railways for about 11 years now, first in preservation/heritage and then with a freight operator. Ive always had an interest and being involved with them but the job isnt for everyone. Shiftwork, nightwork and a lot of away from home travel can be tough on family and social life. You might get home from a shift early morning and the spend 90% of the day resting for the next night.
That said, its an extremely well paid job and the 'weekends' can be up to 5 days long.

Im also still involved on the heritage side as a steam locomotive fireman- this is the hobby side.
Title: Re: Railroading and Railfanning
Post by: cc71 on August 16, 2019, 07:59:41 am
Some videos of the Tranz Alpine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs68_C2prkQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBTuXB24fXU