Old 01-30-2011, 09:57 PM   #51
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Fullerton is one of the heaviest action railfan spots, I would guess in the country. There is a snack bar. There are plenty of places to sit. There is a bridge to shoot from. There are restrooms. There are restaurants (two in old train stations). There is free parking.

I actually don't know most of those guys, but the guys I do know who hang with them are good people.

And while I would never personally shout at a train or get overly excited about a GP60M meeting a stacker, I still have to say, let he who is without nerdiness cast the first chunk of ballast.

As an aside, that is not the only group of railfans that hang out there even. On Friday evenings, I believe you can find multiple groups... and if you are discerning, choose the group that matches your own level of social awkwardness.

Personally, I'm probably too socially awkward for any of them to accept me.
I don't fit into the nerdy appearence, but I do have some nerdy tendences when it comes to trains, no denying it here, heck even a parade of coal trains led by GEVO's still gets me excited(I don't scream, I usually just wave). I'm just happy to see a train while foaming.

I meant in my other post, specifically when xtremepadrefan is there. I think he does cocaine or something, or maybe just a 12 pack of Redbull before he foams; that guy is SUPER excited to see a train. lol

I do want to go to Fullerton, along with Tehachapi Pass, and Folkston one of these days. While I'm still young..
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Yes... had I witnessed that display on the platform, I would have walked to another location myself.
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Personally, I'm probably too socially awkward for any of them to accept me.
These videos define social awkwardness.
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akwardness doesnt quite cut it for the Fullterton foamers.
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We have a certain code around here that prevents stuff like this from getting out of check.
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Watching these videos reminds me why I foam alone.

For the teens here... trains are great, but they'll be there in ten years so don't make them your life right now... save that for when you're older and stuck in the grind. Go and tap everything that will let you when you're young.
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akwardness doesnt quite cut it for the Fullterton foamers.
Is that term too tame for them?
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Trains don't give you diseases or make you pay child support and ruin your life.
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Neither does a Trojan.
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Trains don't give you diseases or make you pay child support and ruin your life.
Stay away from the skanks and you won't have that problem.
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Trains don't give you diseases or make you pay child support and ruin your life.
Never use your real name. Hotels exist for a reason. Two words: "Trojan Man".

And when all else fails...

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Yes... had I witnessed that display on the platform, I would have walked to another location myself.
Was going to say something about them but changed my mind Their past fixing I think by referring to the other ones by screen names and they maybe just acting too? As some that age do just to be annoying? Where is Dr Phil!
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Never use your real name. Hotels exist for a reason. Two words: "Trojan Man".

And when all else fails...

And with that post, this thread is dangerously close to being locked.
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Jim, I was thinking the same thing. But hell, it's a better end than many threads have met.
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Since this thread has already jumped the shark, lets push it over the ledge.

This begs the question: What is the train equivalent of the mile high club?
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Since this thread has already jumped the shark, lets push it over the ledge.

This begs the question: What is the train equivalent of the mile high club?

The Mile-Long Club

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Who knew! I'm with Troy.. You learn something new every day!

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Great thread, will read again.
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This begs the question: What is the train equivalent of the mile high club?
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Or, sex on the ballast as a train passes by. A friend of mine sent me a whole series of pics and videos of a couple doing that in California as a UP train rolls by. Whoever was taking the pics even got shots of the conductor's reaction as the train passed.

I'm sure someone on this site can identify the location.
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Anyone that thinks freight trains go 80mph is a moron (Check out the comments on the video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xznP1Sfx0U
I don't think that this video makes us feel "ashamed". Maybe he exaggerated the speed by 10 mph, but regardless it is fast. He showed you his speedometer at one point, and the needle was in the 70's, so I don't think he is too far off. Plus, if I record all of the dumb exaggerations that I hear, I would be ashamed to be a high school student (oh wait, I already am!). And if you look through Jack's video collection, both on Youtube and Railpictures, he has some great stuff. He has covered a lot of ground, and has locations that are way better than the average "stand at a platform" spots. And I've never heard him shout or talk in any of his videos.

If their are any railfans to be ashamed of, we should be mad at the perfectly normal people (mentally, at least) who drive up and jump into other people's shots at the last minute, the people who drive like madmen (passing 10 cars at a time and driving in the oncoming lane, which surprisingly I have witnessed) on a two-lane highway to see a steam locomotive at 1 additional location, or the people who walk around cussing because the engine was a GE instead of an EMD.

People like the man in the first video are everywhere, including NASCAR races, car shows, and sporting events. I don't think that is anything unique to the hobby and it isn't a big deal anyway.
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Jake's point is well made... lens lice are the scourge of our hobby (unless you want them in your shot)...
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This begs the question: What is the train equivalent of the mile high club?
From what I've seen of some foamers, anything that you did not have to pay for AND is human

Would the real equivalent not simply be on any train as mile high has no restrictions other than on a plane?
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