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Any Train Nuts In The Family?  
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

Hey folks

I wonder how well we as aviation enthusiasts stack up in the world of hobbyists. Though it is debatable, I think our railroad friends are a few steps ahead of us in some aspects. My uncle is a train nut and has had a few impressive HO layouts over the years. His knowledge of railroad trivia is no less impressive. Do you have anyone like this in your family?

Cheers
TJ


God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7810 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

My dad is/was a train nut. As a kid he would think nothing of hopping on the bus to ride the CTA elevated in Chicago, this was in the 1950s and early 1960s mind you. As a kid growing up in Chicago my dad was at the rail hub of the US. So he could see the various rail companies and their equipment in his backyard.

But I think my dad's interests revolve most strongly around transit rail systems. And with the internet he can satisfy that interest.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

Definately more train and auto fans out there compared to plane spotters and they are indeed far ahead of us. My second cousin's husband, Penn State professor Harold Schobert and I are both train nuts. I once dabbled in HO trains but have been out of modeling for more than ten years for a couple of reasons. One was that lack of time and space precluded me from doing much with modeling and the other was that during that ten year period, I worked for a tourist shortline as a passenger train conductor. I (at various times) got to work on the cars and locomotives in the maintenance shop and have had the opportunity to fire the locomotives, run them and do a lot of other things that most folks can only dream of.


"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Hey Folks,

Isnt steam, but its good enough.. I work for EWS, (English-Welsh-Scottish Railway). I Currently Drive 60038 a Class 60.

Photo taken by the Mrs whilst running through our local station..



The Cab



I have 2 months left on the 60's before they are retired (or sold) and then i start a operational conversion course onto the Class 59's.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2540 times:

I'm a certified train buff...specifically Amtrak. Heck I've applied with them twice over the past year to work as an Assistant Conductor out of New Orleans, but the jobs went to people with prior railroad experience. I was close though.

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

I wouldn't call myself a train nut or a trainspotter (i.e. i don't sit in a field next to a railway line for endless hours listing down the ID of each train that passes), though i do use the railways a lot.

I wouldn't specifically spot trains but if i went past a bridge or something then i'd look out for one.

As i live in Sussex, i mostly use Southern. I go into London pretty much every weekend on the train and have no real problems with them. Its mostly Electrostars down here now, we don't get too many slammers anymore.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

My dad worked for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad from 1953 to 1995. He started as a signal maintainer and retired as a six-state signal supervisor...with a damned good pension. So I grew up around trains. He used to take me to work with him a lot. I even got to drive a train when I was 9 years old.

I'm still a train buff. The C&NW got bought out by Union Pacific a few years ago and those DDa40X locomotives are/were amazing...the largest diesel-electrics ever built. I remember seeing them chugging up the mountain passes:

http://www.robertmatsuo.com/images/up6936/0007B03b.jpg
Source: http://www.robertmatsuo.com/centennial.htm

I still remember the C&NW "400" screaming by at 90 mph:


Source: http://www.cnwhs.org/photos/images/motherpage.htm

Mark


User currently offlineJc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 589 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

TFSPhoto:

That is great! From a young age, I always wanted to be a driver/engineer. I still enjoy the fantasy from time to time.

Are us "common" people ever allowed to ride in the cab?



If not now, then when?
User currently offlinePJS800 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 242 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

No one in my family is a train nut but a friend of my father's is. He has a very big collection of Lionel trains and takes over a room to setup a big display for a couple months every year. I've also seen a guy taking pictures of the NJ Transit trains that comes though the town I live in.

PJ


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2503 times:

I have a good friend who is truly a railfan. When Concorde came to town a few years ago we were on the roof of the Hilton with still and video cameras when a train went by. He didn't know which way to point his camera - train or Concorde!

From where I now sit, I can reach behind me and pick up one of two artifacts from the shelf here in my den. One is an authentic coupling pin from the days before the knuckle drawhead - maybe a hundred years old. The other is a "brake hickey" which was a square headed wrench for operating ratchet-type mechanical train brakes before the invention of the air brake. Both came off a family owned railroad and were found below the right of way just a few years ago.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Before I discovered airplanes at age 8, I was the ultimate train fanatic in my family. I remember we used to run the American Flyer electric train set around the tree every Christmas (we also used to run it on the pool/ping-pong table when we had one). That was until an older sister left the transformer running and it burnt out. We haven't been able to run the train since then. It was a really old (1950s) American Flyer set, with a big black steam locomotive and tower, etc.

Ever since age 3, I have lived in the small railroad town of Garrett (20 miles due north of Fort Wayne, IN) (that is, until I moved to London this last fall).
It's still a busy rail freight hub; in the distant past passenger trains used to stop here at our old depot. Our middle- and high-school sports teams are called the Locomotives and Railroaders, respectively (and our high school marching band is the Railroader Regiment). The interior of the high school gym is painted with a huge 1800s locomotive and train. You can tell this town is mad about trains! So was I when I was younger.

I was never a trainspotter, but I was nonetheless excited about them--I would even act like one, chugging around the school gym track while everyone else was participating in PE. One classmate of mine in Reading Readiness (the same year I was in kindergarten) had his garage at home devoted totally to a model train setup; our class took a field trip there to see it!

I also loved the miniature train at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. It's still there today, running around the lake there. Also at the zoo is Little Puff, a climb-on locomotive (he now has a short train of cars with him).

Then, at age 8, I discovered airplanes (and have had a life-long love affair with them ever since, especially with the 747 jumbo jet!).

However, I do enjoy riding the passenger trains in London (and all over England); I experienced my first passenger train trip in Spain (an overnight sleeper between Granada and Madrid in Spain in 1994).

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Perhaps aviation nuts and train nuts fall in to similar categories. You have the spotters...people Who actually go out and watch and ID trains and planes. Then you have the flights and modelers who spend hours in a room in their fantasy world.
TJ



God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2459 times:

You bet; I have packed cases of HO in a mini-storage since our move. Waiting to start designing a layout. I like what I call the "art-deco" steam era (the Loewy, Dreyfus, etc. "styled" steam locos and moving into the great Pennsy GG-1 electrics).

Early diesel, like the shark-noses were cool, too. My idea is to replicate, in a conservative way at least, a portion of the NYC and Pennsy to operate an interesting combination of rolling stock (I'm almost as enthused with pax as I am the diversity of freight). Likewise, in my scale airplane modeling, I like pax and freighers although my 1:1 scale efforts are WWII. Cars are a big deal with me, also. I think many of us interested in machinery have overlapping enthusiasm. Regards...Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Quoting Jc2354 (Reply 7):
Are us "common" people ever allowed to ride in the cab?

Yes, it is possible, but only at official open days, such as the Doncaster Open Day, or Crewe e.t.c. Insurance doesnt permit us to carry non-EWS people on regular runs.

Cheers,

TFSPhoto


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

My Father started working for the Central of Georgia railroad in the 1930s. He retired from Railroading as the Vice President of Rail Operation for the White Pass and Yukon Corporation.

http://www.whitepassrailroad.com/

http://www.whitepassfan.net/

He tells tales constantly of places he's been and trains he's run from Steam Engines, electrics to diesels . . . from Florida to Alaska. Interesting to hear him tell some of the tales . . .


User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2556 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Quoting Jc2354 (Reply 7):
Are us "common" people ever allowed to ride in the cab?

Depends on which line and what's going on. On the Tennessee Valley Railroad, we had no problem with visitors visiting the cab or occasionally riding there so long as they were of appropriate age and properly dressed. However, on trains operating over foreign lines visits were per the foreign road's policy. No visitors are allowed in the cab or operator's compartment when operating over the Norfolk Southern Railway. However, on the Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway they would occasionally allow visitors in the operator's compartment of the Rail Diesel Cars while on their line. Visitors in the locomotive cab are strictly prohibited though while running there. I've never run an electric but have run diesel electrics (GP-7s and RSD-1s) as well as 2-8-2s and 2-8-0s on trains. Nothing like running one at track speed, ducking into a pre-Civil War tunnel and realizing that for a brief moment, what you're experiancing could have been in 1930 instead of 2000.



"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2434 times:

Jer (Teahan), are you listening  Wink ?

UTA



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2407 times:

Quoting Pilottj (Thread starter):
Any Train Nuts In The Family

I have enough to worry about being the Conductor on one nearly every day  wink 

I dont need to go around spotting them as well!!

I'll stick to aircraft thanks Big grin


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Quoting Jc2354 (Reply 7):
TFSPhoto:
Are us "common" people ever allowed to ride in the cab?

I went on a cab ride from Haslemere to Guildford (through 4 stations) once, last year. However out of all my journey's (where most i actuallly go up and ask the driver - who usually says no in a pretty angry way) that is the only time i have been successful.

That driver was nice, he even let me do the horn as we came out the tunnel before Guildford, unfortunately, most aren't. I guess they shouldn't really let me in the cab so i have no real complaints with them saying no.

-Stephen


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2389 times:

Yeah, I'm a train buff, railways and 00 gauge models are my second hobby after aircraft and flying. About 6 years ago I started collecting the models, British modern image, a mixture of Hornby, Lima and Bachmann and now have over 70 engines and too much rolling stock to count! However as is the problem with the hobby I don't have enough space any more for my layout which was 12ft X 6ft, so it's been sat in the shed for the last few years and I run the trains at a railway club instead. We have a couple of exhibition layouts permanently erected and several running lines, there's also a new layout being built.

Being allowed into a cab is difficult because of liability of the company should anything go wrong, but most preserved railways offer weekends where you can learn how to drive a steam engine.

TFS Photo, strange that EWS are getting rid of their 100 class 60's, they are only 15-20 years old at the most and there's a lot of life left in them yet. If it's fleet compatibility then why are they not getting rid of the 59's as well?

Dan Smile



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User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

Not really a train nut but i find this thing very comfy when i have to travel Milan-Rome and i dont find a flight (or a decent fare)...
!





If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 19):
TFS Photo, strange that EWS are getting rid of their 100 class 60's, they are only 15-20 years old at the most and there's a lot of life left in them yet. If it's fleet compatibility then why are they not getting rid of the 59's as well?

Howdy,

They arnt retiring all of them, just the ones from Immingham.. only 6 left here now.. The 59's will soon go (from Immingham), as they are being rapidly being reaplced by the 66's, the 66's offer a 20MPH increase (80mph) over the 59's and 60's, Which are slower at 60MPH.. Where the 59/60's engine spec is 3,100hp.. the 66 runs at 4,200hp..  Smile


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

Here's the trains i use most:




And slightly less often:




-Stephen


User currently offlinePilottj From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

I lived in Japan quite about 10 years ago and I do remember the fine quality and efficiency of Japanese rail. I am curious, can you find Japanese train stuff for HO scale? I know the Shinkansen is a wider gauge then the regular Japanese trains. I wouldn't mind getting my train nut Uncle a model of the JR Chuo line or Tokkaido Shinkansen.
Cheers
TJ



God was my copilot, but we crashed in the mountains and I had to eat him...
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

A Few Views from the rear window of My High Speed Office Big grin

http://www.leebrompton.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/misc12.jpg

http://www.leebrompton.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/misc4.jpg

http://www.leebrompton.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/misc11.jpg

http://www.leebrompton.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/misc3.jpg

Thanks  bigthumbsup 


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
25 TWAMD-80 : My uncle was a BIG train buff. He had some really cool train setups as well. I myself like trains, but not as much as planes. I always get a kick out
26 Planespotterx : I wouldnt call myself a "train spotter" either, but theres nothing better than to just hop on a train from the station which is 10 mins walk away, and
27 Lowrider : Had an uncle who was a tremendous train fan. He died a few years back, but spent part of his retirement (from Braniff) traveling to train museums arou
28 UK_Dispatcher : When I was into trains as a kid, these were the new thing - I remember seeing 60001 'Steadfast' at Leicester and being particularly excited! sad, whe
29 Post contains images Willo : I know some of the British trains services aren't that reliable but does she really have to go by foot, and how did she keep the camera so steady ?
30 777ER : Nope, but I can't wait till Wellington gets its brand new, state of the art communter trains. They start arriving in 2-5 years.
31 Shamrock_747 : I've been interested in railways ever since I can remember, certainly dating back much longer than any interest in aviation. Although I don't go train
32 JGPH1A : HAH ! Sez you - no-one believes you. We know you have a bobble-hat stashed somewhere !
33 Post contains images Willo : you'll be too young have enjoyed the delights of SUB's, COR's and EPB's then?
34 Post contains links and images ANCFlyer : Here's a photo for you Shamrock . . . 1949 Baldwin 2-8-4, narrow gauge, White Pass and Yukon, still active, hauls tourist trains from the dock at Ska
35 Post contains images TFSPhoto : Ive not yet seen something, but im sure there will be something... EWS today sent four 47's off to the scrapyard.. sad to see them go, i'd just come
36 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : No offence to yourself, but they look like 56s to me Lee
37 Post contains links TFSPhoto : Just got confermation, another 2 people dead, yet another level crossing incident.. Trans-Pennine Manchester - Newcastle involved... Found something o
38 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Oh Shit, thats my company Lee
39 Post contains links and images PMN : I used to be a volunteer on a preserved railway, but because of work I haven't had time to do anything up there for years. I did pay it a visit today
40 57AZ : I have to say that I've always liked the simplistic lines of the British steam locomotives. Most steam locomotives that I have seen or worked with ten
41 Post contains links and images ANCFlyer : Yeah, they sold those locomotive to the Tweetsie in the early 1960s, same with the Dollywood steam engine - one of them anyway - you can look up the
42 UK_Dispatcher : BMIFlyer - I recognised Darlington station from that photo! (my home town) Sadly, this is where the two young lads have been killed - on the '5 arches
43 Post contains images TFSPhoto : She's into photography, tripod always comes in handy... (shes not into trains but i asked her to do that) Your absoloutly right, sorry didnt see the
44 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Maybe now the teenagers of Darlington will think twice before playing on that Bridge. From what I was told, it wasn't a pretty sight to see, those 2
45 WunalaYann : I am a trains, cars and planes nut. Trains : nothing like SNCF's Dupleix TGV #270 and 271 paired together. Perhaps Next Generation Shinkansen... Cars
46 TFSPhoto : Yeah he's a operations manager.. I got to get myself to picadilly tomorrow morning, and yet another TPE bus service to delight me.. Scunny to Donny..
47 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Hello. Send him here:- http://www.firstgroup.com/tpexpress/recruitment/recruitment.htm Can download an application form and go from there. Ive done t
48 TFSPhoto : Cheers matey, Doesnt say nothing about conductors on there, can he just download the form and state conductor is the job he is after? Is there alot of
49 Post contains links and images Matt D :
50 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Yes May be put onto a waiting list though, if his application goes through. Total of 3 months in school then up to a month "out with a minder" (im a
51 TFSPhoto : Thanks Lee.. Ive passed the info on.. he though you had to start as a trolly dolly before you got the chance to become a conductor.. does it pay well?
52 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Currently just over £17000 basic + overtime/sunday work/rest days..... Last year I topped £23000 5 weeks holiday a year, pension scheme etc, usual
53 Post contains images TFSPhoto : hey thats pritty decent actually, how does your shift system work? my mate lives in scunny, would he start from scunny or would he have to travell to
54 Post contains links BMIFlyer : You start and finish at your 'base', unless theres a major emergency such as a derailment etc... He would need to move to sheff. Mind you We traincre
55 Post contains images TFSPhoto : Yeah i guess Clee would be better for him.. Thanks for the info mate.. if you ever see 60038 around give her a toot.. ill toot back Cheers
56 Post contains images Pilottj : Well glad to see there are quite a few T-nutters here. When it is too cloudy to spot planes, you can always go inside and play with your trains! TJ
57 DAL7e7 : My Dad is train crazy. It's fun sitting at RR Crossings looking for when the certain car was built. Trey in TVI
58 TFSPhoto : Lee, I take everything back i said about TPE, lol.. i spent most of this morning riding round int he read end of 158801.. donny to man airport.. old p
59 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Yes please Lee
60 Post contains images TFSPhoto : Howdy Lee,
61 Post contains links and images BMIFlyer : Hi. Cool pics  Thats my 'Office' alright    See you on the network sometime   Lee[Edited 2005-03-29 19:13:36]
62 TFSPhoto : I like the new log books you have to do, recording passenger numbers, is the trolly dolly wearing his tie, namebadge e.t.c.. classicial.. lol Sure hop
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