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Do you ever wish you could have been a railfan say 50 or more years ago?

There might be some users here that have had that priveledge. I'm not that old, but I can certainly remember many more rail lines (esp. industrial spurs) when I was really young. It would have been cool to see steam in action, or the transistion to diesel. Can anyone comment on how railfanning had changed over the years? I think it may be a bit more rosier lately (after years of overall decline)with all the massive locos and increased traffic/train length, and the sharing of foreign power. Whats your opinion on the current state of railfanning?

Asked By: LanceMiller77 - 4/23/2007
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Answered By: HOGHEAD - 4/23/2007
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I'm not sure about rail fanning, But it is interesting to see Conrail locomotives on Santa Fe trains. Just wonder What kind of mix there is of motive power back east.
Answered By: Gary K - 4/23/2007
 
If I was railfanning 50 years ago in the USA, I'd be desperately running all over the country riding streetcar lines before they got ripped up... More
Answered By: Wolf Harper - 4/23/2007
 
Yes, in a way.....I do wish I was around 50+ years ago. More than that, just so I could see more steam locomotives in action. I really do like those old steamers more so than I do those "Hi-Tech" modern diesels we have these days. Also, I can rember when anyone can tell one passenger train from another just by the... More
Answered By: Mike Mohrmann - 4/24/2007
 
I was a steam fan 50 years ago in London! very exciting... More
Answered By: gisburn - 4/24/2007
 
I would have liked to railfan 50 years ago. 1957 was a good year to watch trains for sure and you even got to see some of the last of mainline steam. I live in Kansas CIty, the second largest rail terminal in the nation and maybe the world. I would have liked to go through the yards and look at all the different... More
Answered By: conductor_mtm - 4/24/2007
 
Screw that foreign power in our consist. Those d**n things flag hot box detectors way more than ours do. And those silly NS control stands are wack! BNSF 7000 units all the way.
Answered By: lifeisfun - 4/25/2007
 
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