Trains - Railfan Introduction
Welcome to my trains/railfan pages! Railfans have a wide range of dedication to the hobby. In addition to the educational, historical, and geographical material here; my photo priority for this site is to give you (1) a large number of railroads, (2) a variety of locomotive models, and (3) spectacular scenery. First, let me discuss the intricacies of being a rail fan:
commentThere's nothing wrong about being in this group; we all like the vivid colors and beautiful scenery! If you want to advance your RR knowledge, look up the locomotive make & model info, shown in the "alternate text" for each photo.
You're almost hooked! I try to provide you with educational material including a RR's history and it's geographic locale. Perhaps I can make a bit more sense of the model numbers; which many RR's show either on the cab or below the front running boards. Models are builder unique:
(Note: the above lists are not complete)
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commentThese are the folks that provide me with much of the RR history and locomotive roster data... Thank you!
* For scanner equipped railfans traveling in Minnesota, be advised that MN Statute 299C.37 Police Communication states: "...No person other than peace officers within the state, the members of the state patrol, and persons who hold an amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission, shall equip any motor vehicle with any radio equipment or combination of equipment, capable of receiving any radio signal, message, or information from any police emergency frequency...".
For those that choose to take up the railfan hobby, remember it's Safety First and respect for railroad property, e.g. heed "No Trespassing" signs. Railroads vary widely in their tolerance of railfans; even at different locations on the same railroad. Asking permission to enter RR property goes a long way towards improving the railroad's image of railfans. And be a gracious guest; thank your host when you leave their property!
Railroad Signals:To minimize screen (and source code) clutter , I normally only use clear signals on the home page. Depending on your browser, users may see a signal favicon on the tabs and address line.
If you thought locomotive model numbers are confusing; signals are even harder to understand. Please don't be dismayed; read on! I use only the simplest form of signaling to help you navigate the site: the single searchlight automatic block signal.
Much like highway traffic lights, RR signals are used to prevent collisions and other accidents. The red and green aspects are just like highway signals, however the yellow aspect is somewhat different with RR's. Here's how the RR's define them and how I use them to help you navigate.
I'm often asked why I don't provide links to the RR's web sites. First, maintaining links is a nightmare; I have enough trouble keeping up with ever changing RR ownership's! Secondly, most RR web sites are customer business oriented while the best "fan" sites are owned by railfans and/or RR historical organizations. Use your favorite search engine and type in the RR reporting mark and other interest keyword, such as "locomotive roster", to do additional research. Don't be surprised when you get thousands of hits, you are not alone when you are a railfan!