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S.C. Vermillion
12-18-2003, 03:16 AM
Me I got a Yellow 2003 Mazda Proege 5.
Very comfortable as I fell asleep in it this past Saturday while waiting for train. Missed one but did manage to catch a few.

E.M. Bell
12-18-2003, 04:55 AM
1994 chevy 4x4 "radio equiped" with a GE MVA for all of the Railroad channels, a 2 meter transceiver (for amatuer radio), a GE Delta for 6 meters (amatuer again) and a scanner for everything else. I have had this truck in some mean places, and she has never let me down...135,000 miles and going strong.....and almost paid for :) We just added a Dodge Grand caravan (nicknamed the woody) to the fleet this year as well....not as good for obtaining those hard to get to shots, but perfect for those lazy days when a few of us want to just hang around and shoot the easy places, also radio equiped.

Here we are coming out of the old CS tunnel at Nemo TN.

And splashing through the mud at the North end of Kings Mountain KY, with RP contributer G.W. Brandenburgs Ford F250 behind me. Chirs Starnes should remember the day this was shot...he probably still has nightmares about the trip to the "bottom" of the mountan :twisted:

12-18-2003, 05:17 AM
Here in the Mohawk Valley of NY, car. In a week or so down in Pittsburgh, though, I'll be at the mercy of the Port Authority and Beaver County Transit Authority. Oh yeah, and hoofing it.

12-18-2003, 11:03 AM
I have myself a 97' Toyota Camry.

12-19-2003, 06:28 PM
A 1998 stuck-in-the-snow-good-thing-my-wife-was-with-me Jetta.


Chris Starnes
12-20-2003, 06:34 AM
Here is my ride.


2000 Ford Ranger 4x4. It does great in the snow (which is good given our current weather!)


Save The Wave
12-21-2003, 02:08 AM
Belive it or not...


I use the Vette (I call it my Economy Car) for the out of town excursions and a Ford Taurus for close to home.
Only problem with the Vette is that there is no place to stick the magnetic scanner antenna :oops:

12-21-2003, 04:18 AM
Radio Equipped (sort of) '95 Pontiac Grand Prix SE sedan. It's red and has 140K on it. It'll go pretty much anywhere except the places where a 4x4 is required. It's also very reliable, kinda like some other GM products that we railfans like to shoot...

01-01-2004, 04:54 PM
A 2001 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor, 32,000 miles. Nobody bothers me, no matter where I go. Still has the rubber floor mat which makes for easy clean up. Also has Goodyear Eagle RS-A performance tires which makes it fun to drive. But at $163 each (from Sam's Club!), I don't do a lot of off pavement excursions. I'll post a pic as soon as I figure out how!

01-11-2004, 06:37 AM
2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE. 245 hp; not bad for a sedan!!

09-17-2005, 02:21 AM
Me I got a Yellow 2003 Mazda Proege 5.

HA! I have the exact same car, but silver. (Not sure my Ohio railfanning neighbor Shawn, aka "S.C." will notice the coincidence, since he hasn't been on the forums since March and this thread is 2 years old...)

Here's me trying to include it in a shot with a train. During the spring/summer/fall I have a bike rack on the roof that's absent here. I also looked through S.C. Vermillion's shots, and lo and behold, I found his car in a shot!


ANYWAY, I kinda wish I also had a small, beat-up, old pickup truck for all the rough terrain off-road. Plus, it blends in better in the not so desirable areas of town...

09-17-2005, 08:50 AM
I run about in a white 2002/3 (not sure) Toyota Prado GXL

Ken Carr
09-17-2005, 09:54 AM
I use my personal vehicle a normally black 1995 GMC 1500 Ext cab 4x4 with the Z71 off road package minus the decal. 201,000 miles on it and still getting me around town, off road, along the UP and BNSF subís that I travel. Along with a Radio shack Pro 89 handheld scanner, external speaker and a UHF/VHF magnetic antenna. This also includes a tripod, folding chair, sleeping bag and assorted goodies to snack on.
The two views are a minor snow storm along the Cima Sub at Ivanpah and the second along the BNSF transcon in Arizona Indian country.

bnsf sammy
09-17-2005, 03:54 PM
I normally railfan with friends, heres a picture of our last trip to Tehachapi in May. This was taken in Caliente, and there is a UP worktrain in the back. I like to rent cars if I can get a good deal on them so I don't have to out the miles on my car, and so I can do a little off-roading in them. I got the yellow mustang. :-D

09-17-2005, 07:08 PM
Can't go wrong with a crappy mountain bike whose chain falls off at every pothole. :-D

09-17-2005, 08:02 PM
UPDATE: I had to sell the Grand Prix last year, and have been driving an '89 Toyota Camry since then. As required for railran transportation, it is radio equipped.


Taking a break between railfanning trips in the driveway.


Driver's side view showing the radio, and something you won't find too often (on most cars at least) nowadays: a manual transmission.


Your eyes are not deceiving you. It really does have that many miles on it and still runs. Not only that, but it's still getting 35 mpg average which is definitely a plus considering the price of gas right now.

09-17-2005, 09:15 PM
Dang! This must be the one of the oldest topics on the forum.

09-17-2005, 10:14 PM
Radio equipped, 2005 Black Chevy Colorado 4x4. Full backseat, so I can crash in the back if I decide to spend the night trackside. ;)


09-17-2005, 11:53 PM
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Here is my old one. j/k Don't ever try to beat a train!

I drive a 91 Honda Accord and I am gaining on you Caleb with 271k miles. I love the Honda with the good gas mileage and it is paid for too! Icom equiped 2m which seems to be on the railroad freq more than anything else.

09-20-2005, 09:24 PM
2004 Ford Focus SE painted Silver...

Gotta love that 36 MPG Highway and 30 in the city presently...

Not radio equipped, because I live in the ghetto known as downtown Atlanta..


09-20-2005, 11:54 PM
Just traded my '98 Ram 4X4, which was a great truck, but sucked gas, now chasin' trains in an '05 Dodge Magnum. It has room for all the cameras and radios you could ever want to carry, gets 27mpg highway, rides great and....oh yeah....its got a hemi:-)

09-21-2005, 02:07 AM
1972 Pontiac Ventura II... 350, 12-14mpg (hwy) 9-10 (town). All original, in need of restoration, but runs good. Even does nicely off road. :shock: Well, unkept dirt roads, I'm not climbing rocks in this baby! Get's me to the trains, let's put it that way.

-anybody want to sell me a small PU for cheap? :grin:

09-22-2005, 05:17 AM
I've got a 99 Ford Taurus. Sure it's a soccer mom car, but it gets me to the trains. I also managed to dent the gas tank when I bottomed out doing a little bit of off-roading trying to get a better photo angle. Oops.

09-22-2005, 05:51 AM
I've been chasin trains for years and have had an assortment. Here's my old Ramcharger. Sucked gas and not much to look at but it never let me down.

09-22-2005, 05:58 AM
A few more of my favs including a Jetta, Chevy Blazer, Jeep Cherokee, my current Toyota Tacoma and my Lingenfelter 1995 Corvette the day after I picked it up.

09-22-2005, 06:00 AM
Forgot the Tacoma, my current ride soon to be replace by a Tundra when we launch the new model down in Texas.....

09-23-2005, 12:23 AM
My 1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4 Off Road with 73,000 miles only goes to clean tracks with clean trains (Ya right) small 3.0L about 18-22mpg, use my 94 carrvan alot. I take my cooler, scanner, laptop or two, GPS, PDA, photo needs etc, etc.:wink:


09-23-2005, 07:00 AM
Sorry no pics, but I tool around in a 2005 Nissan Titan. Great truck!

10-04-2005, 05:47 AM
I know its a late post, but a 1988 Volvo 240DL stationwagon, with a manual transmission to get down those tricky roads on forest service land! It can crash through a lot of brush too if need be. Sure shes slow, but very efficent only sipping gas at 35mpg. A lot of train watching at a nice low cost! No SUV or truck needed for me :-D The wagon is nice too b/c i can get all my camping gear in there easily for a night by the tracks. I think I might take the cake for the least expected off road railfanning car 8-)


10-10-2005, 03:12 AM
Well if you are ever in northern Ohio, or lower Michigan, I will be in the 2001 Dodge Intrepid, with CSXT 700 on the plate's.

10-10-2005, 03:23 AM

'04 Toyota Corolla S 32/38mpg

I now have a 5/8 wave antenna mounted to the trunk... :D

11-01-2005, 11:37 PM