Railway Enthusiasts

  • FitGwynedd

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    Feb 10, 2013 12:30 AM GMT
    Any fellow railway enthusiasts? Been having a terrible time with the romantic life recently so I am becoming increasingly enveloped in anything to do with trains and railways. Some of my happiest childhood memories, well like 99% of them, revolve around trains and train trips, and I am looking to relive that in these challenging times. So feel free to post your own personal favourite stories about trains or train trips, favourite books about railways, or just your love of trains!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Feb 10, 2013 12:35 AM GMT
    Also, I found this book today at the market, what a find! It has loads of old ticket stubs in it too!

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    Feb 10, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    When I take a Virgin train I wait for the ticket collector to come over then I say "I know this is a Virgin train but I would like to go all the way".
  • FitGwynedd

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    Feb 10, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidWhen I take a Virgin train I wait for the ticket collector to come over then I say "I know this is a Virgin train but I would like to go all the way".


    On Arriva I once was on a two minute trip from Cardiff Bay to Queen Street and I asked the collector if there was a buffet car and he told me to fuck off
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    There's a board game called "Ticket to Ride" that's really fun
  • nicelyproport...

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    Feb 10, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    In college I was assigned a great book about train travel: The Old Patagonian Express. The author (Paul Theroux) boards a train in Boston and travels as far as he can -- all the way to the southernmost reaches of South America, if memory serves -- solely by rail:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Old-Patagonian-Express-Americas/dp/039552105X

    Highly recommended reading.

  • FitGwynedd

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    Feb 10, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidIn college I was assigned a great book about train travel: The Old Patagonian Express. The author (Paul Theroux) boards a train in Boston and travels as far as he can -- all the way to the southernmost reaches of South America, if memory serves -- solely by rail:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Old-Patagonian-Express-Americas/dp/039552105X

    Highly recommended reading.



    I quite like Paul Theroux, though his attitudes might offend some of those from the developing world. Riding the Iron Rooster by him is fantastic, he takes a train from London to Hong Kong, 14 days on the train, my true dream!
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    Feb 10, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Trains are awesome! Choo chooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • kew1

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    Feb 10, 2013 8:29 AM GMT
    When I spotted this train I had to take it just for the name.
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    The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe , Knysna to George, South Africa. Unfortunately no longer running.

  • Rowing_Ant

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    Feb 10, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Me! I'm a railway enthusiast.

    It's my one hobby I am embarrassed around my friends with. NOt sure why but Trains in most peoples heads = old men and anoracks counting the numbers on the side.


    I have an N-gauge (2mm : foot) layout in the loft and am currently building a LIVE STEAM 16mm: foot railway in my back yard. I've just finished building some wagons using individual planks and tiny tiny rivets! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

    I also volunteer at my local Steam Railway and have driven an engine. (harder than it looks)
  • calibro

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    Feb 10, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
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    Feb 10, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    We Aussies have really nice trains and trips to offer
    My favourite is the " The Ghan " , crossing OZ from South to North in totally deserted vistas brings you back to nature !
    Here is the intinerary and some pics ...

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    Feb 10, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    I like taking the auto train to Florida. I get my car instead of a cum stained rental and it gets around my fear of flying.

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    We also have a vintage railroad here in Connecticut. Doesn't really get you anywhere commute wise just a tourists trip.

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  • Zinc

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    Feb 10, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    I like them so much, I bought a railroad! icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:31 PM GMT
    Here are a few for your viewing pleasure:


    Every trip includes photos of trains, but I'm more fascinated by subways than trains. Hope there is something new for your eyes. The full size photos are available by clicking on the pictures.
  • wander2340

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    Feb 10, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    My all time favorite train experience was when we rented the entire caboose on the Durango-Silverton. It was such a cool experience to climb up to the little upper area and stare out the window or step out onto the back deck.

    We used to have some friends who worked at a railroad museum. They let us climb into and onto pretty much anything. We even got to drive one of the diesel engines that they were relocating to another area of the museum. Truly an extraordinary experience!
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    Feb 10, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    I Iove trains,streetcars etc.And I would love to see trolleys back in NYC.I think bullet trains are great but I am dead against the government spendings billions to build them when we are trillions in debt.It is sad how many great train stations are crumblings or abandoned like in Buffalo,NY and Detroit.I am so happy about the plans to turn the old Farley Post office into the new Penn Station.Ryan
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    Aug 20, 2015 8:30 PM GMT
    Darn, I wish I had know about this forum two years ago.
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    Aug 20, 2015 9:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidTrains are awesome! Choo chooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Paulflexes was in top form back then.   icon_razz.gif