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Old 04-22-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Cool What do you carry while railfanning. Whats the railfan travel kit.

I was wondering what is the ''railfan emergency kit'' so to speak or what all do you carry with you on trips? Anything besides photography equipment.

Heres what I carry probably just a sample

Sunscreen(fair skin and hot days dont go well together), Hand sanitizer, a Coleman camping jug full of water, an issue of TRAINS, Imodium AD (God forbid it hits you and you dont have any on you, Tums, signal lists for the CSX Kingsport Subdivision, NS Appalachia District, NS Pulaski District, and the NS Clinch Valley District, a scanner of course(old bearcat need to get a new one), Lotion(hands always seem to be dry), Cell Phone, a pack of cheap cigars(dont want to smoke the good stuff while your out), something to knash on, Batteries, and an imaginary first aid kit(I need to buy one).


What do you carry as far as photography equipment is concerned?


Heres what I use to carry

Pentax K1000, several rolls of iso 200 and 400 film, 70-200 telephoto lens, and an HP 6 megapixel point and shoot(was a ''backup'' at the time)



What I carry now

Nikon D80, 18-135(i want a 70-300) Lens, Lowepro case, Quantaray blower bulb(for dust bunnies), lens cleaning kit, a 67mm UV filter(always seems to be hazy around here), a couple of microfiber cloths, that same point and shoot(for videos),and a tripod(for the p&s vids).

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Old 04-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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This is a good thread before 'trip season' (at least for me).

I like taking my own car since I keep it "railfanning ready" which means:

-scanner/antenna
-drinks/snacks
-cooler in summer (have to look into a mini-fridge)
-emergency kit with flashlight, blanket, etc.
-knife
-oil, washer fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid and de-icer
-extra clothes for all seasons at all times (you never know when it'll hit 40 in the mountains)
-boots
-bug spray
-plenty of reading material like school books
-papertowels, napkins, TP
-plastic utensils
-sports equipment (don't laugh there is a basketball court by the Hopewell, NJ ex-Reading station (CSX Trenton Line))
-maps, maps, maps, and more maps
-train schedules
-stepladder
-disposable camera

As for camera bag:

-Canon XT
-multiple CF card cases
-batteries (both camera and AA)
-Fuji Finepix S7000 (digital backup)
-Canon EOS Rebel 2000 (film)
-film Fuji 100
-lenses
-shutter releases
-compressed air
-blower bulb
-cleanng kit
-camera manuals
-mini flashlight
-magnifying lens
-2008 RR roster book
-another compact film camera

Yeah, I need a bigger camera bag.
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Old 04-22-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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I don't keep my Jeep as equipped as I intend to, which is asking for trouble, but I take along a decent amount of stuff, including:

Scanner
24 pack of bottled water
2 gallon jugs of Gatorade in addition to the water
Maps, though I rarely need them
First Aid kit
Toolbox
Spare tire, wish I had room for a second, need some fix-a-flat too
Beef Jerky and Cheezits
Pillow
Blanket
Shovel in case I'm ever overcome by sand...or snow
Ice Scraper...yeah, I'm really gonna need that in Vegas!
Cell phone

As for camera stuff:

Lowepro Camera/Notebook Backpack
Canon 30D
Battery Pack
Camera Armor
Canon Powershot A520
4 lenses
Slik 700DX Tripod
Giottos Air Canon (Blower Bulb)
Shutter Cable
A couple filters
As many AA's as I can cram into my bag
Battery Charger
Lens Pen
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:11 PM   #4
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Standard trip:
Water
Rebel XT
10-22
28-105
50 F/1.8
100-400 (if I know there's a spot where I could possibly use it)
mini tripod
77mm B+W polarizer
Lens cloth and lenspen
^Took a while to remember everythink that's in my pack.
Wallet including bus pass, obviously.

Extended trip: Add lunch.

Really, all I take is my gear and a bottle of water on most trips..
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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complete engine roster for CSX
timetables for every subdivision in WV, and VA for CSX
Delorme Atlas for WV and VA
notebook / pen
24 led flashlight
4D Maglight
Signal Aspect list for CSX
tripod
Scanner (Uniden Bearcat)
16" rubber antenna for walking around use
Ducktape
Cellphone
Cooler w/ food and drink
first aid kit


Canon S3IS (main camera)
Sony DSC-W30 (backup)
2 - 1 gb SD cards (formatted with CKDK software)
4 gb SD card for video
Lens cleaner
2 lens cloths
packages of single use lens cleaning tissues
12 AA 2500mah rechargeable batteries
AA 2 hour AC / DC charger

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Old 04-23-2008, 12:05 AM   #6
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Standard trip:
Water
Rebel XT
10-22
28-105
50 F/1.8
100-400 (if I know there's a spot where I could possibly use it)
mini tripod
77mm B+W polarizer
Lens cloth and lenspen
^Took a while to remember everythink that's in my pack.
Wallet including bus pass, obviously.

Extended trip: Add lunch.

Really, all I take is my gear and a bottle of water on most trips..
What!? No Canadian Trackside Guide?
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:04 AM   #7
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Why would I need one of those? I already know everything
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Why would I need one of those? I already know everything
I leave mine at home too.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:36 AM   #9
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Delorme Atlas for WV and VA
I don't go anywhere without the DeLorme! I carry both Michigan and Indiana books with me at all times in the car. I'm already on my second Michigan copy, and with the condition it's in now, I'm going to need to replace it soon. Definitely THE best state mapbooks I've come across.

And along with the DeLorme, if I know I'm going to be out for most of the day, I'll pack a cooler with a sandwich, drink, chips and fruit.

And more to add to my list:

-two cameras (5D & 350D) & lenses (100-400L & 17-40L)
-tripod and monopod
-sunblock
-mosquito repellent
-small folding saw for tree trimming to clear photo lines
-manual weedwacker to clear tall weeds
-Swiss army knife to fend off any undesireables
-usually a light jacket or hooded sweatshirt
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07 Jeep Liberty
6-12 bottles of water
Box of Granola Bars
iPhone 16GB + Charger (all the map, rr info, music, and extra camera storage needed!)
DeLorome IL Map (in the rare chance that AT&T doesn't get service )
Nikon D50
Nikon N50
Nikon 18-135mm, 70-300mm, 50mm, 500m
Nikon SB-600 Flash
Bogen Tripod
2 rolls of Velvia 100
2 1GB SD's and 4 256MB's
Scanner + Mag Mount Antenna
Swiss Army Knife
Screwdrivers, a Hammer, Duct Tape, small Clippers and a Crowbar

Thats if I'm really goin all out, usually its the Jeep, the iPhone and D50.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:09 PM   #11
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I guess you can say, when I go railfanning, I go "paperless". I have a laptop stand installed in my pickup, and my laptop has a GPS receiver which I use with either USGS quad maps (via MapTech's Terrain Navagator software) or Microsoft Streets. It's also wireless, so whenever I can find a signal, I also run ATCS (I don't have a modified scanner). The laptop also comes in handy for those looong drives back home at the end of the day (or trip) when I have my 9 year old son along - he can watch Star Wars (I, II, III, IV, V, or VI) while I drive. Sometimes, when there's no action, and he gets bored, I let him play Nascar Pinball on it too.

My trusty Uniden Bearcat scanner has been serving me for many years. In fact, I wish it would die so that I could buy a new one. I have a Radio Shack telescoping whip antenna on a BNC window mount, and a railroad tuned rubber antenna for when I am away from my truck. When it is in my truck, I have it running through my car stereo via a casette adapter.

I have a 125 watt 12v to 110v adapter for when I have to recharge my laptop or scanner. Camera batteries are recharged the night before, but I also have spare sets of AAs in case they run down (Fuji cameras use 4 AA batteries, and I have a set of rechargeables and a set of ordinaries for each camera).

Fuji FinePix S9100 for stills
Fuji FinePix S5100 for video (and backup camera)
Tripod

Igloo cooler with lunch and drinks (supplemented by a Sheetz or Wawa stop)

Cheap TracFone cell phone (it gets the job done)

sunscreen
bugscreen
eyescreen (sunglasses)
baldscreen (hat)
first aid kit
music CDs
DVD movies
railfan reading materials

I've been thinking about getting a short step ladder, but my tailgate is good enough for now.

As for mechanical supplies for my truck, I haven't been far enough away from AAA to worry about breaking down. If I'm going on a long trip, I top off all of my fluids before I go.

That's about it. My 2000 Ford Ranger has served me well, but I'm thinking about trading it in for a Jeep Liberty.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:15 PM   #12
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In the JEEP 92 Cherokee
Must haves
Med kit tow rope, big jack, 4 way, Water,oil, wipes.
Pillow, light sleeping bag, LED lantern , chargers for all things, binocular, Delorme maps for all states besides Iowa and Iowa to
Nice to have Yaesu VX170, scanner , 1/4 wave antenna, FSR radio, Batteries.
30D 17-35 2.8 4 tamron 24-85 3.5 4.5 canon 70-200 f4L canon X1.4 & X2 convertors, 2 tripods one is carbonfiber. and one wide brimmed hat.
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Old 04-23-2008, 11:58 PM   #13
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Since I usually bike everwhere, its usually this:

Ipod
Scanner
Monster Energy drink
Bike lock
Tripod
And thats about it.... OH, the camera too!
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Old 04-24-2008, 02:24 AM   #14
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Nice thread. For a typical one day trip, here's my general kit:

- Camera bag, which includes a Canon SX100 IS, a 4 GB SDHC card, the POS 16 MB SD card that you get with any Canon (for emergency - I've never had to use it), the camera's included wrist strap, a neckstrap, 16 AA batteries, 2 AAA batteries, a digital recorder, a 15 minute rapid AA/AAA charger, and the manual for the camera
- Scanner
- Headphones
- Handheld CB radio
- NOAA Wx Radio
- Tripod
- Binoculars (yeah, it might sound weird, but I do take them)
- Cell phone
- CRS card
- Track warrant book
- Notebook
- Napkins and/or Kleenex
- Cooler full of beverages and snacks
- Timetable for BNSF's Twin Cities Division
- First aid kit
- Switchman's lantern
- Delorme Atlasses for whatever states I'm visiting (ND, MN, MT, SD, or IA)

Definitely a fun thread to read. I'm looking forward to reading other's responses...

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Definitely a fun thread to read. I'm looking forward to reading other's responses...

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Thanks a lot, beeing a noobie and getting into photography seriously, I started to carry a whole bunch of stuff that I needed. Was good to see im not the only one.

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- Camera equipment
-- Rebel XT
-- Canon 70-200 f/4 L
-- Sigma 17-70
-- Lowepro TLZ2 case
-- (3) 2 GB Ultra II CF cards
-- Manfrotto 681B monopod + 322RC2 head*
- Relevant notes on the area, if I'm exploring new territory
- Another railfan*
- Garmin Venture Cx GPS*
- SonyEricsson W810i phone (to keep an eye on GMail for heads-up's from the local Yahoo! groups, weather, and the occasional voice call)
- A small pile of cash to sustain my supple figure

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No maps, no scanners, or anything else like that.


I bring a tripod, a bottle or two of water, a sweater in case it gets cold or it rains.

And my camera bag.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Canon EOS 1N
Canon 28-135mm IS (dont use it too much for trains)
Sigma 50mm
Sigma 70-300mm
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS L (my school owns it but I check it out quite a bit on weekends.)
Plus all the bandannas you could ever imagine (to cover cameras/lenses in the rain), extra batteries, memory cards, cleaning supplies, first aid kit, hand warmers, and IBprofen that are always in my camera bag.

I also on occasion have a few other lenses or cameras that belong to my school, but not as often as the 70-200.
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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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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!
Talking about scanners, would I be questioned if I arrived in the States with my scanner on hand? It's a 15 year old AOR AR 1000XLT.

As for what I take with me:

EOS 400D
EOS 3000N
A couple of rolls of film
18-35mm
28-80mm
90-300mm
FL-W filter
80B filter
Skylight filter
Polarising filter
Blower (though, badly need a new one)
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wow! When you've been sitting trackside for three hours waiting for a movement . . . . stuck in the hole . . . .
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sports equipment (don't laugh there is a basketball court by the Hopewell, NJ ex-Reading station (CSX Trenton Line))
Not laughing here. I carry a basketball for when I'm in Richburg on the L&C. There's a public park and I used to shoot a lot when waiting for them to get up the hill or to finihsh switching. But I also carry other sporting stuff for when I have the kids and wife with me. We love to play some, especially in the middle of the day.

High sun, you know.

We also carry snacks and stock a cooler for drinks and sandwich stuff. We might eat out one time a day, but stopping for drinks, etc. gets expensive and time consuming. If I'm by myself for the day, I try to bring a paperback or a magazine for those times when I'm waiting for a train and there's not a basketball goal nearby.

Next up, when I get a cmera bookbag, I want to buy a bike rack so I can ride the bike around some areas like Hamlet, etc. instead of driving everywhere.


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Joe,
Maybe you should carry a strecher and some crutches with you. Or get one of those first alert emergency transponders that you keep around your neck and push a button when you need help.
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07 Jeep Liberty
6-12 bottles of water
Box of Granola Bars
iPhone 16GB + Charger (all the map, rr info, music, and extra camera storage needed!)
DeLorome IL Map (in the rare chance that AT&T doesn't get service )
Nikon D50
Nikon N50
Nikon 18-135mm, 70-300mm, 50mm, 500m
Nikon SB-600 Flash
Bogen Tripod
2 rolls of Velvia 100
2 1GB SD's and 4 256MB's
Scanner + Mag Mount Antenna
Swiss Army Knife
Screwdrivers, a Hammer, Duct Tape, small Clippers and a Crowbar

Thats if I'm really goin all out, usually its the Jeep, the iPhone and D50.
iPhone? can't you just say cellphone? it's a bit pretentious...
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