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Old 04-26-2008, 02:12 AM   #26
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Loyd, I think you need more fibre!



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Old 04-26-2008, 04:08 AM   #27
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wow! I couldn't go without the scanner! When you've been sitting trackside for three hours waiting for a movement, and the train crews who are stuck in the hole starting messing around on the radio, it makes it all worth it!

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I couldnt go without a scanner either, as a matter of fact i just bought a 1,300mhz antenna to stick on my roof. Helps out a lot, cant even remember what I done when I was 16 and didnt know to use a scanner for railfanning.

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Old 04-26-2008, 10:23 PM   #28
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Here's what I usually bring for a standard four to six hour railfan trip:

Fuji Finepix S5200: Primary camera, sometimes used for video as well.
Minolta XG-1: Ancient film camera, used for backup or simply when I need a break from digital.
2GB (main) and 1GB (backup) memory cards. Also a 128MB card hidden somewhere in the camera bag as a last resort.
A roll or two of slide film for the old film camera, usually 100 or 200 speed Ektachrome.
45mm and 135mm lenses for the film camera, with a 2x teleconverter as well.
Scanner (it's a Radioshack but I forget the exact model) with Diamond RH77CA antenna, which is a great investment for anyone with a scanner.
Plenty of AA batteries: particularly on the cold mornings of winter when battery life is reduced significantly.
Cell phone for giving the "heads up" to any of my railfan friends who are trackside.
My dad's Palm Pilot, very helpful for looking up photos of a particular engine while out in the field (i.e. If NS 8425 is ready to go on an outbound freight, go to nsdash9.com and look up what paint scheme the engine is in). Also good for checking sports scores or just wasting time surfing the web during traffic lulls.
A few tripods. While I find myself seldom using them for photos, I keep them around for the occasional video.
Drinks: usually water for midday trips or Pepsi for the morning trips when the caffeine surge is a must.
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Old 04-27-2008, 04:50 AM   #29
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iPhone? can't you just say cellphone? it's a bit pretentious...
Calling someone pretentious is pretentious.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:33 PM   #30
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Loyd, I think you need more fibre!
I should have said "..in the bushes". That would be considered fiber right?

you're bad Rob... very bad indeed

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Old 04-28-2008, 02:57 PM   #31
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In my backpack when travelling without the car

Public timetable for the relevant country
Tickets / rail passes.
Bottle of water
Money / credit cards
Spare glasses (can't see a thing without them)
Sunglasses
Plastic forks and spoons
Sticking plasters and headache pills
Hand wipes
Antiseptic hand / surface cleaner
Waterproof hat and over-trousers (and coat, if not already wearing one)
Small torch
PDA to write notes and journey details on (also has electronic European time table installed)
GPS
Tissues
Pens / pencils eraser and notebook

Camera wise
30D and 24-135 lens
Tripod (not all the time)
Cable release
Spare memory cards
Spare battery
Blower brush and cleaning tissues

On the rare occasions I go railfanning by road
Set of steps to stand on
Saw and pruning shears
Small first aid kit (permanently in car anyway)
HV coat
Railway style hand lamp
Large umbrella if expecting rain........
plus all the previously mentioned kit
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:35 AM   #32
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wow! I couldn't go without the scanner! When you've been sitting trackside for three hours waiting for a movement, and the train crews who are stuck in the hole starting messing around on the radio, it makes it all worth it!

Loyd L.

Most of what I chase/photograph is along a shortline, having a scanner would be pointless for me unless I wanted to hear them reading off the information from each car theyre picking up/dropping off, then again im usually close enough to hear them talking anyway.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:09 PM   #33
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Most of what I chase/photograph is along a shortline, having a scanner would be pointless for me unless I wanted to hear them reading off the information from each car theyre picking up/dropping off, then again im usually close enough to hear them talking anyway.
I railfan shortlines and still find the scanner helpful. If I'm paralleling them on a road ~1 mile from the track and they stop to set out a car, I'll know to turn around because I'll hear "stop", then "take 'em ahead", "that'll do", "start 'em back", "that'll do", "start em ahead", "that'll do", "start em back", "that'll do". Then I'll hear once they are done because whoever's driving a pickup along side the train will do a rollby!

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Most of what I chase/photograph is along a shortline, having a scanner would be pointless for me unless I wanted to hear them reading off the information from each car theyre picking up/dropping off, then again im usually close enough to hear them talking anyway.
Well I dont live anwhere near a shortline just CSX and Norfolk Southern around here and the scanner helps out a whole heck of a lot. (track warrants, signal calls, defect detectors,train id's etc). On a shortline I could understand how you might not need it as much......but in agreement with Carl that the scanner is a very helpful. I would actually be lost without one.
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iPhone? can't you just say cellphone? it's a bit pretentious...
How is that pretentious? ANYONE can have an iPhone if they want it. How is that any different from someone listing their specific lens instead of just simply saying "zoom lens?"
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How is that pretentious? ANYONE can have an iPhone if they want it. How is that any different from someone listing their specific lens instead of just simply saying "zoom lens?"
That reminds me, I didn't put mobile phone on my list! No iphone or blackberry here, mine is steam age in mobile communications terms and not used much - hence the reason that I forgot to put it on the list
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[quote=Andrew Blaszczyk (2)]-magnifying lens

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????????? for what?
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[quote=River Rails Photography][quote=Andrew Blaszczyk (2)]-magnifying lens

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????????? for what?

OOOOHHHG! you mean macro?
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OOOOHHHG! you mean macro?
You ever get a splinter or want to see that bug crawling on that rock bigger cause no trains have passed in the last 3 hours? I haven't had to use it yet but I know once I take it out, I'll be looking for it. It also helps when looking at prints either from a friend or in a magazine. I'm just learning about DPI and photo printing so I like to take a closer look sometimes.
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That reminds me, I didn't put mobile phone on my list! No iphone or blackberry here, mine is steam age in mobile communications terms and not used much - hence the reason that I forgot to put it on the list
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You ever get a splinter or want to see that bug crawling on that rock bigger cause no trains have passed in the last 3 hours? I haven't had to use it yet but I know once I take it out, I'll be looking for it. It also helps when looking at prints either from a friend or in a magazine. I'm just learning about DPI and photo printing so I like to take a closer look sometimes.


Ahhhhhh, I see. Very interesting, never heard of that before! btw nice phone
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You ever get a splinter or want to see that bug crawling on that rock bigger cause no trains have passed in the last 3 hours? I haven't had to use it yet but I know once I take it out, I'll be looking for it.
Riiiiiight. I bet you'd actually like to try to torch a bug by focusing the sun on it as it's sitting still.
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That reminds me, I didn't put mobile phone on my list! No iphone or blackberry here, mine is steam age in mobile communications terms and not used much - hence the reason that I forgot to put it on the list
A little too big to forget, I would have thought!
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So it looks like this...
Not quite that old

I do remember those phones though, we had a couple where I worked in the mid 1990s which were sent out with certain trains to report the consists from sidings where there were no landlines. Very sophisticated and high tech in those days.
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