Old 12-01-2005, 01:49 AM   #1
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Old 12-01-2005, 01:50 AM   #2
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Very friendly crews will invite you in (that's what has happened to me).
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I never got any shots during my cab rides, but I have a best friend who's an engineer. Next time I get the chance to head to NJ, I'm gonna meet up with him and hopefully get some cab shots on the M&E.
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Its all in the friendlyness of the crew.
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Forgot to tell you guys, not bragging, just telling you a rather cool fact. An engineer gave me a dynamic brake, and a reverser. Have any of you ever gotten anything like that? Thanks
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:45 AM   #6
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Most engineers asked my if I wanted to come up, the engineers that ask me up to the cab are VERY friendly.

I got some food and water from a BNSF crew on a CN reroute train in Stratford, IL.The conductor already ate his lunch and had rice-crispy bar left and offered it, they also had little plastic cups with purified water with CN labeled tin-foil covering, other than that I just got some photos of passing trains and the cab itself.

I also know some guys that are crews of passing trains in Polo, and since they don't stop they throw their old work-orders to me.
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:50 AM   #7
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Smile My very exciting day of railfanning

I've gotten a reverser before (on September 5th, my dad's birthday). Me and my family were out railfanning, and we saw a stopped BNSF train. A patched SP SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor was second engine. When I got out of the car to take some photos, the engineer waved us over. My dad and I walked over to the cab and the engineer's words were "Do you want to get a pic inside?". Right there, that made my day. I walked up the stairs of the BNSF Dash 9, opened the door and walked into the cab. It was really nice with the AC on. The engineer let us explore the cab of the SP! We got to blow the horn on both of the engines. The train was waiting for a green signal, which wouldn't come for about another five hours (probably even longer). The Transcon was really backed up that day. There was a derailment about 30 miles from where I was in the engine. Westbounds were backed up all the way to Joliet and eastbounds were backed up all the way to Galesburg. The engineer then gave us the reverser. It was very nice of him. We then went outside and chatted with the conductor for a while. When we were leaving, his final words were "You guys be careful around trains". You couldn't ask for better words from him. It was a very exciting day and a whole lot of fun!
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Man I wish that would happen to me. I've gotten to speak crew members, mostly just they hey and how ya doing, and ask me if I like trains. I had one tell me I could get closer to the engine, but not to climb on it. But normally it's just the friendly wave to a stopped train.
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I've gotten a reverser before (on September 5th, my dad's birthday).
Thats my b-day too!
I wish trains stopped around here so that I could get that offer. Thats the downfall of double track. No passing sidings=extremely few trains stopping and few opputunities for night still shots.
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I wish trains stopped around here so that I could get that offer.
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Man I wish that would happen to me.
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Trust me on this one guys...You've seen one, you've seen 'em all.
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Sure guys! Come on up! Hope ya don't mind the smell
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:28 PM   #12
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SHEESH! no wonder crews like to go outside to take a leak. I'm thinkin'n that photo is in an engine's nose.
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:02 PM   #14
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I personally have connections within the UP, as I know 3 engineers, 2 working, and one that's been "laid off" for a while. However, the several times I've been in cabs, it's all just been really nice crews that I didn't know. Such as this shot:
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Trust me on this one guys...You've seen one, you've seen 'em all.
Sometimes you get one that smells like a new car ... does GE have to buy the smell from GM??
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:37 PM   #16
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John, that's an excellent photo. It makes me feel like I'm playing MSTS.
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John, that's an excellent photo. It makes me feel like I'm playing MSTS.
Yea I agree.
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Old 12-02-2005, 11:52 AM   #18
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I hope you get your wish! i think it is more of a lottery of sorts . . . you need to be out when the right crew comes along. If you or the crew takes 'that' day off, tough luck. Over time, and I do mean over time, they will come to know you and take pity on you. They know what you want, the same thing everyone else wants, a ride. But at the risk of their jobs and with macro security, it is getting tougher to get that first one.

I find each and every cab type of interest . . . I just did a SW9 a week ago, I would never ask you to 'trust me' seen one seen them all, lol. Too each his own.

Next time I am up on the UP Overland Route, I will put in a good word for you, lol, perhaps it will make it out west for you . . .
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Old 12-03-2005, 01:39 AM   #19
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A lot of the guys that take them on this site also happen to work for the railroad.

Otherwise, being in the right place at the right time helps. It's also good not to act like a superfoamer. Most of the railroad guys don't want to hear about train stuff. Also, be nice. There is a local railfan here in STL who has in the past had the nuts to ask the crew to do certain things for him, then badmouth unions right in front of them. Of course, that is the way he operates every day. That stupid stunt, and his long record of being a spoiled ass momma's boy, got him booted out of a certain fallen flag's yard for good, because the crew was tired of his spoiled baby whiny crap. The downside is that this crew decided they just didn't want anyone on the train anymore because of this, kind of a clean sweep, which included me. I had been riding around with them for 8 years at the time with never a problem, and just like that, one little prick ruined it for everyone. I'm sure in time perhaps I could have got back on, but that railroad pulled up. The conductor still works with a friend of mine and asks about me every time he sees my friend. I was never a problem, just some other little turd. Anyone here in STL probably knows of whom I speak. Be polite. It is their job, not yours.

Caleb stated you've seen one, you've seen them all. It can still be fun. And a GP9 cab is different than an AC4400CW.

Like John stated, too, it helps to have some friends working for the railroad, although neither of them to my knowledge have actually hooked up with him in that regard. One of them, a contributor to this site, is more fun to torment outside the cab, anyway. It helps when you know someone from way back when. This clown and I have been friends since sometime way back.

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It was much easier in years past to go up. Nowadays you get the funny eye just looking at the tracks sometimes. Long live the days of old, even the 1990s. I can say I had many, many more in the 90s than anytime since then. That may also be the fact I don't have as much time to do so, either.

One thing you might consider, too, is that if you take pics, let them know, and keep the information to a minimum. There is no reason to jeopardize a nice crew by plastering their train ID, date, engine number, and everything else on the internet.
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Up here in the bush its common to see railway crews coming to my town to go to hockey and curling events. So we all know each other very well. When they stop I'll ask if they want a lift up the street to get a coffee.

I have been in tons of shots, some of my shots are in my collection here. A cab is a cab but walking through a SD40-2F is something else! Cabrides over long distances are fun too. Has anyone hear ever expierenced that as a railfan? Take a train from your town to the crew change point and then ride a westbound back.

Caleb, a SD40-2 cab is just a tad different than a toaster! :P

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Caleb, a SD40-2 cab is just a tad different than a toaster!
Yeah, maybe so in a sense. When it comes right down to it, though, the layout may be slightly different, but the controls are still the same. Of the cabs I've been in (Dash 9, SD70M - both NS and UP - , SD70, GP30, Alco C420, Alco MRS-1, and a Fairbanks-Morse H-12-44), only the Fairbanks was slightly different with its notchless throttle. It also did not have a reverser. Other than that, everything was basically the same as it is in modern units, except that newer units have a self-lapping automatic brake. In fact, just ask a few railroaders their thoughts on the matter...
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Old 12-09-2005, 04:49 AM   #22
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Default Talking to the crews.. as a railfan..

I didn't do much serious rail fanning till recently, I've only talked to one train driver, and some yard crew (one set drove me off of private property once.. oops) but they were all decent about everything and gave me some good tips as to where I could find some good local shots.
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