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Old Dec 14th 2011, 4:58 pm
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Brought tears to my eyes. (Both links)
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Old Dec 14th 2011, 5:49 pm
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Makes me wonder how many class 47s there really are now (they renumbered a bunch to a different 'class' apparently ..... ).

Class 58 was always my favourite.
Oh boy. My 10 year old self trainspotter mode is switched on. The one that we all wanted to "get" but rarely ever did, 55009 Alycidon...



Visions of cold, wet Kings Cross platforms come rushing back to haunt me!

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I have a friend who is a trainspotter out in the corn belt of Illinois. There you see massive freight trains of corn moving down toward the ports in New Orleans. He liked to go out and write down numbers or take picture or whatever trainspotters like to do.

And then the FBI came.

Seems he got reported by some 'terrorist activity hotline' as someone who was overly interested in trains. The FBI came to his house and asked him a bunch of questions and whatnot. The fact that he owned an old train caboose (and had it in his backyard) sort of backed up his train fascination claims, but it still was a bit spooky.
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I have a friend who is a trainspotter out in the corn belt of Illinois. There you see massive freight trains of corn moving down toward the ports in New Orleans. He liked to go out and write down numbers or take picture or whatever trainspotters like to do.

And then the FBI came.

Seems he got reported by some 'terrorist activity hotline' as someone who was overly interested in trains. The FBI came to his house and asked him a bunch of questions and whatnot. The fact that he owned an old train caboose (and had it in his backyard) sort of backed up his train fascination claims, but it still was a bit spooky.
The FBI???

Bloody hell
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Old Dec 15th 2011, 4:12 pm
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Over-zealous law enforcement seems to be a problem in the USA.

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Old Dec 15th 2011, 4:29 pm
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And then the FBI came.
I once had a visit from the FBI. You may remember that back in the summer of 2002, there was a rumor that Al Qaeda were plotting to blow up an apartment complex. At the time I was living in an apartment complex. It was a somewhat bizarre incident. Middle of the week in the afternoon, a knock at the door...

"Hi, I'm xxxx from the FBI (shows me his ID). I'd like to ask if you knew the guy who lived next door before the current gentleman?"

Me: "No. How long ago was he there?"

FBI: "About 3 years ago"

Me: "No sorry. I've only been in this apartment since earlier this year"

FBI: "oh well, if you hear anything or need us, here's my card"

Afterwards I realized he had to be checking me out. Non-USC (at the time), male, single and a pilot living in an apartment complex. He did ask for my name and write everything down in his little notebook as well. I'm sure that's why I spent more than 2 years stuck in the now infamous USCIS/FBI background checks for my Natz.
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I'll own up . In my youth (mid 60s) I spent many a happy day on New Street station Brum collecting numbers but best of all was Clapham Junction
Also illegaly sneaking into the train sheds was a challenge
I am still to this day fascinated by steam trains
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Memories.... Watching Deltics storm out of Kings Cross to overcome Copenhagen tunnel. Class 87's letting loose north of Watford. Showing My American wife what is like to stand on that yellow line.
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I'll own up . In my youth (mid 60s) I spent many a happy day on New Street station Brum collecting numbers but best of all was Clapham Junction
Also illegaly sneaking into the train sheds was a challenge
I am still to this day fascinated by steam trains
I was actually "escorted" from Aston loco sheds by a BTP officer - me and my mate were on our lunch break from school - mid 60's too Peter!!

My mate went onto higher things - he bought a Class 87 named after him !! He will only be familiar of course to Brummies...


North Shields loco depot on a cold November morning in 1963......
Watching the Holyhead trains pass at Abergele station..in the 50's
"Cabbing" a King at Snow Hill...
Afternoons spent at Tamworth TV..or Crewe - the Mecca..

..Memories like that are still (and will always be) vivid in my mind...

PS Have you any idea how big an old penny can get when laid on a rail to let a 10 coach train roll over it?

Now? My fascination is with tracing vanished old routes using Google Earth & my trusty Jowett's Rail Atlas

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Old Dec 16th 2011, 4:49 am
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All the UK preserved diesel classes in one place on the web:

http://www.preserved-diesels.co.uk/engines/index.htm

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All the UK preserved diesel classes in one place on the web:

http://www.preserved-diesels.co.uk/engines/index.htm

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Seems to be only mainland UK. No NIR Class 70s or 80s, nor the slightly less cool 450 ...

I'm being picky - the NIR ones had to be different because of the 5'3 gauge.

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I loved the typical British expletive from one of the spotters when a non stop train ruined his view of the loco as it sped through the station in the opposite direction......oh, bollox!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDWk0BCeblQ

Trainspotters - Enjoy


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I was never a trainspotter but used to work for WJV Anderson who took this photo at Glenfarg, he was a legend among spotters.

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