Old 08-29-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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I've always wondered what people prefer as their 'Railfanmobile.' I just acquired a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix, to replace the 1994 Pontiac Bonneville I had beforehand, but which was rear-ended and totaled. Some may like 4wd, some may like trucks, but I love my car with its 3.8L engine. My old car had the 3.8 as well, but was a boat on wheels. The Grand Prix though is comfy inside, light on the road, and has some great handling. Not to mention the 3 cigarette lighter outlets in the front, for iPod, scanner, and cellphone, and the roomy passenger seat for the camera bag . My preliminary tests last week prove that this is THE machine for 'chasin here in Flatland Illinois - so what's yours?
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Old 08-29-2006, 11:34 PM   #2
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Mine is a 1992 Cherokee Laredo. Here she is next to a fast moving Santa Fe Warbonnet!
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Old 08-30-2006, 12:04 AM   #3
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That is a neat shot Nick!
You should put that on RP.
You really get a sense of how large those engines are.

Anyway, I need to trade in my current railfan transportation.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, fast, convertable, got
a great price on it but in the end, a Camaro Z-28 SS is just
not the car to own when your a die hard fan...

Returned to asphalt unscathed but it was hairy!

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Wow Mitch;

I've been on hiking trails out in New Mexico that are in better condition than that road. Good Lawd!
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Hi Mitch,

Thanks! I'll give it a try.
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The shot is from the vicinity of Sandpatch, known as Foley.
The "road" I was on was actually a paved road when I first
got on it... then, it was just one of those situations where
I wasn't initially willing to backtrack but that hill put up one
heck of an argument.
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That is a neat shot Nick!
You should put that on RP.
You really get a sense of how large those engines are.

Anyway, I need to trade in my current railfan transportation.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, fast, convertable, got
a great price on it but in the end, a Camaro Z-28 SS is just
not the car to own when your a die hard fan...

Returned to asphalt unscathed but it was hairy!

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/Mitch
Since I am an F body fan, that picture made me cringe. My current ride is a dark green 2001 GMC Sierra Z71.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:02 AM   #9
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Mitch,

If I'm not mistaken, you were on the road to the Foley overlook which begins in Fairhope? You've got some serious guts taking the Camaro over that one! I had my old Blazer up there a few times, but never tried it with my current wheels.

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Mitch,

If I'm not mistaken, you were on the road to the Foley overlook which begins in Fairhope? You've got some serious guts taking the Camaro over that one! I had my old Blazer up there a few times, but never tried it with my current wheels.
Yup, sometimes passable, sometimes not.
15 minutes before the photo was taken, I pulled onto the paved road thinking, "looks OK today....."
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i use my 2006 Mustang GT sometimes if the weather permits and has been dry for a while(dont want mud in my interior dony ya know) beleive me with 300hp you will never miss out on a train chase most trips though since its always wet and muddy around here i just use a 1989 dodge dually and i can just bang it around as much as i want to

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Well here's mine, purchased new in 92 it's starting to look a bit ragged around the edges.


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Christine, is that what is known as a "roo bar" on the front?

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Christine, is that what is known as a "roo bar" on the front?

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Yes it is but it's official name is a "Bull Bar" kind of strange really because if you are going to hit any thing it will most likely be a kangaroo or a pedestrian, both of which have a tendency to jump out in front of you at the most inappropriate times.

The other useful thing they are good for is attaching driving lights and radio antennas to the car.
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Well here's mine, purchased new in 92 it's starting to look a bit ragged around the edges.
Toyota makes a damn fine automobile. This thread alone has 2 Toyotas, both over 14 years old, and GM wonders why they are losing market share?
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Yes it is but it's official name is a "Bull Bar" kind of strange really because if you are going to hit any thing it will most likely be a kangaroo or a pedestrian, both of which have a tendency to jump out in front of you at the most inappropriate time.
An Aussie comrade told me that it is no fun having a pissed off roo come through the windshield and end up in the seat next to you. Seems to me he totalled two company vehicles before they would pay for a roo bar.....he used to drive between Sydney and the Hunter Valley. I went with him one day and we didn't see a single roo....but the wine was great and we even saw some interesting trains even though it was a business trip.

Your Land Cruiser is probably the top of the line train chasing vehicle. I've put 100,000 miles on two different Jeeps (working on a new Honda Pilot now), while a friend is working on something over 200,000 and still counting on his Cruiser.

But remember the best off road vehicle is a rented car.

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I'm like the Kansas Railfan. Mine is a '97 Jeep Wrangler with the custom plate SD70ACE.
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I wish I had a Jeep, but for now I have to settle for this...



After driving through snow squalls in Michigan, here's my car in Chicago a few hours later basking in the sun:



Incidentally, the photo of a train I took at this location was rejected. haha
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