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Old 05-02-2009, 07:28 AM   #17
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I'm a bit of both. It kind of depends on when I'm railfanning as well. If I'm hoping to get a train at a specific location on a beautiful sunny day, I'll try to get a general idea as to what is moving in the vicinity of that location to see if it's even worth it, but if I'm just headed out for a day of local railfanning, I don't try to get informed as much, although I still like to have a general idea. I've always got the laptop which is always monitoring two railroad streams (covering a distance of around 30 miles or so), and I'll monitor the streams the night before to predict as to whether or not they'll be running anything during the day.

If I just happen to be out and about in the local area on a nasty overcast day, I usually just stand trackside for a bit and see what's going on. I don't even bother bringing the camera with me most days if I don't see at least a little bit of sun.

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