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S.C. Vermillion
11-11-2003, 04:24 PM
What is the most trains you ever saw in one trip or single day?

Me May 4, 2002 Marion, Ohio on location for 10 hours 34 trains!

11-11-2003, 04:49 PM
Hmmm, well I can't compete with that, but for CTC Board's Day in North America 2003, I hit 6 railroads and 9 trains total in 2 different states. They were:
New England Central (2 trains) - CT & MA
CSX (2 trains) - MA
Mass Central (1 train) - MA
Guilford (2 trains) - MA
Central New England (1 train) - CT
Connecticut Southern (1 train) - MA

This was over a rainy 8 hour period, and put a few hundred miles on the old truck. Not too bad for lil' old southern New England...
At least one of my photos (NECR) got published...made it all worthwhile... :)


Gregory Wallace
11-11-2003, 05:23 PM
I could probably see dozens of trains in day just by sitting beside the Mississippi River RR bridges here in Memphis, since crossings are few and far between over the huge river.

But that would feel like shooting fish in a barrel.

11-11-2003, 06:58 PM
Amsterdam Central station (NL), one every 5 minutes or so. In 10 hours that would easily get me over the 100. :D

11-11-2003, 07:38 PM
Probably one of the larger German stations (Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich) or maybe Paris...anyways, 30+ tracks, almost all used, a couple of hours you could probably see 50+ trains :D

11-11-2003, 10:06 PM
Up in Palmer, MA I saw 7 trains in about 2.5 hours, which consisted of 1 Amtrak, 1 NECR, 5 CSX.

11-11-2003, 11:53 PM
The most I have ever seen is 42 in the 24 hour expedition on the CNO&TP Second District. The highlight of that was seeing 6 go by in about 45 minutes.

E.M. Bell
11-12-2003, 12:09 AM
on my usual stopping ground (the NS here in KY) its not unusal to bag 45 or 50 trains on a busy day, but of course that is a estimate...traffic varies from day to day.

I Can remember some of our 24 and 48 hour death marches up North to shoot CSX and the Conrail in ohio. Those trips would net a 100 + trains a day on the CR Chicago line and the CSX around Deshler....but many of those after dark...

S.C. Vermillion
11-12-2003, 03:55 AM
The most I ever saw in the shortest amount of time was two years ago at Columbus's Scioto Tower I viewed 21 in 4 hours.

The most I ever saw in one hour was in Enon, Ohio on NS's Dayton District. 5 eastbounds and 2 westbounds.

02-01-2004, 05:04 PM
The most trains I have ever seen from sunrise to sunset was at Gibbon Jct. Nebraska, as you could imagine. I saw & filmed 84 trains in a 12 hour period back in 1999 or 2000, which is an average of 7 trains an hour. WOW !!!!!!! the UP can really put on a good show there, though the scenery isn't all that great, but I'll sacrifice the scenery for that many trains in 12 hours.

02-09-2004, 02:45 PM

Lord Vader
02-11-2004, 05:31 PM
Frankfurt (at the time, West Germany). In just under 5 hours, 153 trains.

02-12-2004, 06:01 AM
Ashland, Virginia along the former RF&p now CSX 37 Trains

03-24-2004, 01:12 AM
I saw 113 in 24 hours railfanning UP's Marysville sub, Kearney sub, and the BNSF between Grand Island and Lincoln.

06-23-2004, 10:47 PM
I can't remember the number of trains i saw, but I spent about 6 hours at Washington Union Station, I came a little early to railfan before I took the 5:35pm Capitol Limited to Chicago. I saw many amtraks hard at work from the top of the Union Station Parking Garage. Too bad I didn't have a camera, it was a spectacular site.

07-06-2004, 04:12 AM
Rochelle two years ago, at least 75 from around 7 am til 11 pm

08-18-2004, 11:46 AM
I lived in the small town of Kents Hill, ME from 1976 to 1978. The MEC tracks were only a few miles away. They crossed Route 17 in the nearby town of Readfield, which I believe once had passenger train service.

I drove on Route 17 across the MEC tracks many times, and at all hours of the day. I don't recall ever seeing or hearing a train during the entire two year period I was there, yet the line was said to be open.

Maybe in those years the tracks people called the 'Lower Road' were considered the mainline? Nowadays I think the 'Lower Road' isn't even a through route anymore, so maybe my luck at the local grade crossing would be better if I went back for a visit.

But the Readfield grade crossing sure was a let down back then. Do people in Maine require the movement of goods and merchandise? I sure couln't tell! :D

I did see plenty of trains at Waterville, but never on the tracks near my house.

Dave S.

12-14-2004, 04:09 PM
Does a day and a half count? On the NYC Subway Ultimate Ride (http://talk.nycsubway.org/perl/read?subtalk=533340), we had to have RODE at least fifty different trains, and we probably saw hundreds.

02-21-2005, 09:00 AM
Six in one hour, though that wasn't really a trip. There's a double track UP line just a couple miles from my house.

A record of a different sort: on one 30-mile trip along US 24, I saw five UP trains stopped on one track. There may have been more ahead of the first one and behind the last one I saw for all I know. I don't know what was holding up the front of the line, since the tracks and the highway diverge rapidly going the other way.

02-21-2005, 04:12 PM
7 in roughly 30 minutes, and what's even weirder is that the track is single-track CTC. That must've been a challenge to get all the trains through. The railroad was CP.

02-24-2005, 11:48 PM
Most trains (train-hour ratio):

3 trains in 15 minutes (a couple weeks ago)
7 trains in 1 hour (two years ago)
All-time record:
35 trains in 12 hours (last July)

02-25-2005, 02:27 PM
The most I've seen at ONE time was 5 at the Gooseneck in Kansas City. I'll have to drag out my pix from that day.

Pat Lorenz
02-27-2005, 11:54 PM
On the sunset route in Benson, AZ i can usually pull off from sunrise to sunset (12hrs) about 25-30, thats with double track. Its usaually about 3 trains per hour. But most off them i can because there dirty.

02-28-2005, 02:27 AM
I saw 13 in about a 4 hour period on the Metropolitan Subdivison yesterday. There were a few detour trains running through due to the Howard Street Tunnel derailment.

03-01-2005, 10:40 PM
Just today, on the way home, in a span of 35 minutes from Richwood Ky to Williamstown Ky saw 5 trains. The first was headed down to the Richwood Ind. park.

Brian Gregg