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Old 02-10-2014, 07:23 PM   #2
Kevin B.
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Welcome to the "whole other dimension of railfanningĒ (as you put it)! As far as learning what a particular trainís symbol (or I.D.) is, the best way is to get a scanner, if you donít already have one. You can buy a good one for around $100. This will allow you to hear the radio transmissions from the trainís crew. It is common practice for a crew to call out signals as they pass them, and this transmission will often include the trainís symbol. If you listen to the scanner on a regular basis, some basic traffic patterns will start to emerge. Eventually, you should almost be able to tell what symbol a particular train is simply based on the time of day you see it, itís direction of travel, and the type of cars in itís consist.
A list of scanner frequencies is readily available on the internet. Hope that helps!
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