Old 06-22-2011, 03:28 AM   #1
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Just an odd idea... anyone ever find anything odd railroad-related on Google Streetview?

About the strangest thing I've found... the camera looks like it's about to be hit when the train is actually backing up (D&I Railroad, Dell Rapids, SD):

http://maps.google.com/?ll=43.823257...,66.61,,0,3.57

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:32 AM   #2
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Nowhere near as cool as yours (not even close), but here's another fun one -- if you do a 180 from the MK1200G (Los Angeles Junction is the only railroad that uses these), you will see the blue Ford SUV of railfan Chris Walker - who was chasing the train that morning.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=vernon...205.51,,0,2.59
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Nowhere near as cool as yours (not even close), but here's another fun one -- if you do a 180 from the MK1200G (Los Angeles Junction is the only railroad that uses these), you will see the blue Ford SUV of railfan Chris Walker - who was chasing the train that morning.
Is that the one that just drove across the crossing away from the camera?

Edit: Scratch that, I spotted it now.
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For others who look, no, he's sitting down the track, exactly 180 degrees opposite, waiting for the train... there's a great signal there... assume he got it.

I have gone to that spot more times that I want to think about, and have never caught a train there. All about luck.
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Doesn't look like it's the most appealing area, exactly!
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It's fine - industrial. I wouldn't hang out there after dark, but in the daytime, you're totally fine.

Wouldn't buy a house there, mind you.
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Interesting shadow from the photo vehicle. That's the first time I've seen any evidence of the vehicle they use. Any ideas what it is by the distorted shadow profile?
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No need to speculate...

http://maps.google.com/help/maps/str...rs-trikes.html
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Holy crap...that's quite a contraption! I was expecting something a little more subtle. Thanks for the link.
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I've had a suspicion that a few of the streetviewers are railfans, they have some ridiculously obscure roads streetviewed that only people who live there or railfans would use.
Case and point, chasing a CSX stack train across the Evansville viaduct on a one lane dirt road.
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Evansv...,35.82,,0,7.86
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Wow, you might be right.
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If these links work, here are a couple in KY.
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http://maps.google.com/maps?q=horse+...8,,0,1.07&z=15

Park City KY on the Glasgow Branch

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=park+c...,148.81,,0,5.5
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Forget the spreader, that's a sweet dash-7!
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I actually saw one of these google cars the other day, took a really bad cell phone pic of it too

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I actually saw one of these google cars the other day, took a really bad cell phone pic of it too
Alright, get ready to look for someone in your make of car pointing a camera at the screen!
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You need to pay that bill, Troy.
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Alright, get ready to look for someone in your make of car pointing a camera at the screen!
I didnt think about that, it would be kind of cool if I could look and try to see myself. Let me try that, lol.

EDIT: I just looked and the photos/map they have of that location is several years old. I wonder how long it takes for them to compile that and make it available online.

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You know what that was? That was a letter from my bank saying they sold my loan to Freddie Mac.

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It took them like 9 mos. the first time through my area.
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