Old 08-16-2010, 04:21 PM   #1
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So I came up with this idea for a thread after a recent string of medical appointments, operations, and a surgery. What are some of the funny things you do just because you're a railfan/photog?

One of mine, must admit, was scheduling appointments and stuff during high sun. The strategy did prove to be worth it in the Twin Cities.

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Old 08-16-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:36 PM   #3
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I fell into a dep crevice a few years ago and nearly broke my leg. But I managde to throw my camera bag out harms way. Missed a day of work.
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Took off of school to see the 3985 a few years back. Hope to do the same in October!
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One of mine, must admit, was scheduling appointments and stuff during high sun.
Guilty I get free truck inspections in Grove City, PA, so I schedule during high sun, and try to catch CN/Bessemer in the morning/evening.
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I stand by myself at 2am in the middle of nowhere. Beat that.

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #8
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Spend hundreds of dollars on cameras and lenses as well as video editing software and other useless crap I donít need. Then dragging family out to sleazy places to use it.
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Trying to figure out real vacation spots near railfanning that I want to do... so that I can include the family.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #11
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I find creative ways to stimulate the local economies of podunk towns by getting speeding tickets chasing special movements, steam locomotives, rare units and rare paint schemes.
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I stand by myself at 2am in the middle of nowhere. Beat that.
OK: I drive into the middle of Cascade Range blizzards for night shots.
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I ask my wife permission to go out, and then I try and read the way she said "sure, go ahead" to figure out if that was a real "sure, go ahead" or a couched "whatever, go chase your stupid strings of rust" (hey, if you're married, you'll understand).

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i fell into the mud today
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I ask my wife permission to go out, and then I try and read the way she said "sure, go ahead" to figure out if that was a real "sure, go ahead" or a couched "whatever, go chase your stupid strings of rust" (hey, if you're married, you'll understand).
I understand.

My wife considers my once every month or 2 chase days as "all of the time".
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I ask my older family members what they see as every night to take me into town at 10:30 at night when they'd like to be sleeping or what not.
Spend 5 hours out in the middle of no where on a hot, humid, rainy day waiting on the OCS that I thought would be there any minute. (keep in mind, I don't sit in the car until it comes like some o' you older folks)
Spend 3 hours trackside in another state with the thermometer at 18F and only one bad-lit train the whole time.

Probably not as good as y'alls but, I'm crazy as far as your average joe is concerned.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:05 PM   #17
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Peter,

Many of us were once teen railfans, dependent on our parents or other railfans to get us around.

I recall many a trip where one parent dropped me off somewhere (in the days before cell phones) and I waited on trains that never came.

Still remember very clearly my mom had an all day meeting in Montclair, NJ, and I had read that Conrail was moving most of its freight on the Bonnton Line, which went through Montclair. Although my mom was really reluctant (because I was 15), I convinced her to bring me along and drop me at the tracks, where I would wait the eight hours until her meeting was done.

Well, what I didn't know was that Conrail ran all its freight through Montclair at night. During the day the line was completely moribund. For eight hours, I stood, figured out places to sit, paced, listened to planes and trucks and motorcycles in the distance trying to make them sound more like a train, and waited on a freight that never came.

In fact, to this day, 33 years later, I have never seen a freight train on that line (and am unlikely to now as it's no longer a through line).
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This most recent five hour stretch was my longest by a "dead" set of rails. And it didn't seem too terribly long because I knew the OCS would come sometime, but all I have to say is WOW.
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I fear the same...
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Smarter people would learn to slow down.

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I convinced my brother to take me to the tracks one night so I could see a heritage unit that was supposed to come through and we waited for four hours. The unit never came. I found out the next day that it had actually gone through about 20 minutes after we had left.

That is what railfaning is, you enjoy trains when they come and you just wait when they don't.
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OK: I drive into the middle of Cascade Range blizzards for night shots.
must not be too bad if you're driving...

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One of my railfan friends tied a rope to his waste and another to a tree and went into the side of Letchworth State park gorge to snip a couple trees that were in our way. (thanks callduckfarm)! Not something I recommend doing, but nonetheless, it was what had to be done to get that shot!

And the scenario of "waited four hours and it never came" has occurred many times.

Lastly in the winter, when my dad takes me on my early morning train chases in the southern tier, I get up at 4 in the morning to start shoveling the car out of the driveway, so I can be done in time to leave four hours later!
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must not be too bad if you're driving...
I'm sure not walking the 75 miles up to Skykomish!
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