Old 08-29-2006, 10:10 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, 10:34 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 08-29-2006, 11:04 PM   #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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Hey, Mitch;

When I saw that picture, I thought of

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Well, I was driving a Jeep Cherokee which was cool because you could get on the top of it and shoot over high weeds and other foreground clutter. But it had 185,000 miles on it, the air didn't work too well and the radio only picked up AM and the tape player ate tapes. So we gave it away.

To my mother-in-law.



Now I drive a 2001 PT Cruiser which I got a great deal on. Air works fine, has a nice sound system with CD player, 60,000 miles when I picked it up.


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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!

Warning: the following image may not be suitable for certain
audiences. Proceed with caution.

/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, 05:02 AM   #12
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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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Old 08-30-2006, 04:32 PM   #14
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Here my ride. I have an old junker bike too if I'm shoot where there may be mud and dirt I'll have to through.
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I drive a 1989 Toyota Camry that has almost 314,000 miles on it and still going strong. It's relatively loaded for an older vehicle, with air, power locks, power windows, CD player, and manual transmission. Power plant is a DOHC, fuel injected four-cylinder engine that gets great milage (35+ mpg) and has relatively good pickup. It will go most places I want to, and I've actually taken it in a few places where some guys wouldn't even take a 4x4.

I also have a Trek 7100 bicycle that I get around on.
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96 Tacoma, and so far it's held up to the abuse of chasing trains @ 60+ mph on gravel/dirt roads.
Two past vehicles that didn't survive: '89 Fleetwood and '97 Taurus.

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Here's mine. Nothing has changed for me since I resurrected this other rail transportation thread last year.

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Just to contrary, my local railfan ride is usually one of these.
I hate driving so usually use the train to get around.
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Just to contrary, my local railfan ride is usually one of these.
I hate driving so usually use the train to get around.
Like you , in Hong Kong , we do not have any roads / highways
for you to chase any thing , unless the cars next to you .

So , I will take this , chasing behind the locomotive .
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Here's a rental ride, or in my case, just a good excuse to share a cool photo.
Reminds me of my PM#1225 photo where one object in the photo bows over as a reference to a speeding, err, uhm, a speedy passerby.
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You know, my dad always says....the fastest, most off road capable vehicle one will ever drive is a rental car... Nice photo, Mitch!
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Here's mine, '97 Ford F-150, sitting in Mazon, IL next to the Transcon. Due to the fact I've only had my license since December, and the fact I still have parents to answer to, it has yet to be put through many tests by me. Definately nice to know though, that should I need to go off road, I could
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