Old 12-20-2006, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default Holiday railfanning plans?

Who's taking time off between X-mas and New Years and spending most of it with a camera pointed in the general direction of a train? Where you headed?

Got some time off, myself, and surfing Travelocity getting ideas....

I might hang in the NE - maybe head South to Roanoke, VA but I saw some cheap packages tonight to Renoland (AKA Donner Pass).

Anyone have a railroad vacation planned?

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Old 12-20-2006, 08:14 AM   #2
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No money, or time, for this year, I'm afraid. Already blown this year's budget, in a very big way! Heh. No real railfanning until the first week of the new year. As for locations, they're going to have to be local. One area may be Peak Forest.
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:35 PM   #3
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we're making the annual pilgrimage back to pittsburgh, pa to visit family.

i wasn't into rail fanning when we lived there. i have been thinking of a few places from my old stomping grounds that i'd like to photograph, now that i have that affliction.

also, if time permits, there's a hobby shop in town that requires my presence. i have to go present my annual offering.

hope that y'all have a nice christmas, no matter where it finds you.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:19 PM   #4
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I'm going to try and get out over the holiday, but I don't know what my schedcule is yet. I resigned from my job with the Leech Lake Police and took a job as full-time communications officer for Beltrami County Sheriff's Department... I start tomorrow. Since I had to start on their new pay schedule, I am just finishing my last of ten days off today. I made it to the tracks west of Detroit Lakes two times for two days in this time. Had some good results, but also had some really slow times.

On a side note, I'm in far northern Minnesota, about 90 miles south of the Canadian border, this is the first time in my life that I remember not having atleast 6 inches of snow on the ground at one point this time of year.

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Old 12-20-2006, 05:09 PM   #5
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Good question!

Nothing interesting for me, mostly becasue my dad and I are re-building our basement HO scale model RR, and that will take up lots of time over the holiday.

But, my dad and I do plan to hit up some of our favorite spots in Chicago, maybe take a day to hit southern Wisconsin.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season!
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Old 12-20-2006, 07:30 PM   #6
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Im planning on heading over to Western Wisconsin to catch some WC action before its all gone, and to catch the A406 coming over the Saint Croix Highbridge.

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Old 12-21-2006, 06:55 PM   #7
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Got the best part of five days off over the holiday but probably won't be doing any railfanning due to visiting family.

Anyway Happy Christmas and New Year to all

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Old 12-21-2006, 07:55 PM   #8
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Is train traffic greatly slowed down like say over Christmas day and New Year's day?
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Old 12-22-2006, 12:57 AM   #9
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Is train traffic greatly slowed down like say over Christmas day and New Year's day?
It definitely is in the UK! No services, at all, on Christmas Day, and limited services on Boxing Day.
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:49 PM   #10
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How 'bout Christmas Eve? My thought is that the lines will be at their busiest as the railroads attempt to shove as much through as possible before the Christmas shutdown(or at least somthing approaching that).

It's supposed to be sunny for the first time in days here in Chicago, and I thought I'd hit up the old spots since I got nothing else going on that day.

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Old 12-22-2006, 09:15 PM   #11
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Actually, quite the contrary. Services actually start winding down in the early evening. Particularly intercity services. Local services will go later, though.
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Looks like im going to be working on the Eve and the Day. I don't know why they didnt cancel by C-Eve shift being that I thought people we supposed to be home by 6 or as close to it. And my shift is 2-10. At lease I get the morning off.
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Old 12-23-2006, 05:24 PM   #13
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Is train traffic greatly slowed down like say over Christmas day and New Year's day?
That's why I plan on hitting the Staples Sub on the 26th, hoping to catch the post-Christmas rush. See you there (if it's sunny)?
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I have a lot of company coming over tomorrow and Monday. I'm really looking forward to that.

The rest of the week after Christmas is looking nice, weather wise. I'd like to get out to the BNSF Chilli Sub, UP Geneva Sub and the BNSF Chicago Sub (Race Track).
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The line through my town seems almost busier on Christmas! I went to Kansas City twice this last week, and looks like I will go again on Thursday.
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