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http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/05/08...test_travelfri

A good article, fairly written article in my opinion.. even though they call is "kooky" on the link from their main page.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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A train festival this summer in Oswego, Michigan, is expected to draw in 30,000 attendees, many of them railfans.
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Sometimes, amateur train lovers wander too close to the tracks, raising safety concerns and irritating rail conductors and employees. Rail workers nickname pestering railfans "foamers" because fans stand near the tracks in such awe that they are practically drooling when a train plows through.
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Wow. Reporting FAIL.



Shouldn't that belong in the fail thread ?
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On a lucky day, they may spot a historic steam locomotive.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:25 AM   #5
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i wish they had something like that here in utah it would be nice to do that on my days off
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Great video. However they didn't cover all the aspects of railfanning such as taking photos, videos, and chasing a train! But all in all I'm just glad that the railfan community is getting POSITIVE publicity!
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Sometimes, amateur train lovers wander...
Amateur train lovers? As opposed to professional train lovers??

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:34 AM   #8
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If anyone wants to see a railfan that is on the "kooky" side just watch this 35 sec youtube video I came across the other day...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmRQ...eature=related
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If anyone wants to see a railfan that is on the "kooky" side just watch this 35 sec youtube video I came across the other day...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmRQ...eature=related
That's hillarious. Like no one ever sees wide cab EMDs on Class 1s!!!
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That dude is actually pretty stupid all things being equal. Look at this one and read his description where he brags about being "too close" to the tracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4eaD...eature=related
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Wow. Reporting FAIL.
Another reporting fail today with the name "Owosso."

There was a double shooting today in that city, and the reporter on CNN said "Oswosso."

Wow.
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If anyone wants to see a railfan that is on the "kooky" side just watch this 35 sec youtube video I came across the other day...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmRQ...eature=related
I really dont know whether to laugh when watching that guys videos or to shake my head and wonder why people think railfans are crazy because people like that.

More videos to laugh or shake your head about
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMzx8lpHjGQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KThAV...e=channel_page
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Yea thats a bit to happy?
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BNSFME on YouTube has multiple, multiple videos involving his disruption of the horn and the overall video. I've tried to tell him numerous times that there isn't nor will there ever be a reason for verbal insanity while recording a train. I, as well as a few other YouTube users I've come to know and befriend (Which isn't many for my own reasons) believe in the concept of keeping quiet during the recording of trains. Verbal comments and narration in videos IMO dinge the overall quality of the video. Another user who has a similar "vocal" problem to BNSFME is SillyPuttyAccident;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t_nI...e=channel_page

This is in my opinion one of the most outrageous explosions this kid has ever had. If you play the video starting at about 00:20, you'll quickly come to find what I can;t stand about this video...
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Looking at just about all of "sillyputtyaccident" and "BNSFME's", videos, will get you going. Not to mention a few other YouTube railfans. Here are a couple of 'gems' that I always like to laugh at!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k73ZkvvAQa8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOPJIuexrEo
(Start watching this next one at 7:43)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6mvc...e=channel_page
(Also, what's with the morbid screamning at 4:29 - 4:51 in this video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdSEd...e=channel_page
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:03 AM   #16
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I really dont know whether to laugh when watching that guys videos or to shake my head and wonder why people think railfans are crazy because people like that.

More videos to laugh or shake your head about
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMzx8lpHjGQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KThAV...e=channel_page
On the first one, what does "shave and a haircut" mean? It isn't like they got up close to the train.
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On the first one, what does "shave and a haircut" mean? It isn't like they got up close to the train.
"Shave and a Haircut" is the horn melody. If you're a What's Eating Gilbert Grape fan, "Match In A Gas Can, Boom, Boom" also fits.

Edit-"Shave And A Haircut...2 Bits" is the full melody.
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BNSFME on YouTube has multiple, multiple videos involving his disruption of the horn and the overall video. I've tried to tell him numerous times that there isn't nor will there ever be a reason for verbal insanity while recording a train. I, as well as a few other YouTube users I've come to know and befriend (Which isn't many for my own reasons) believe in the concept of keeping quiet during the recording of trains. Verbal comments and narration in videos IMO dinge the overall quality of the video. Another user who has a similar "vocal" problem to BNSFME is SillyPuttyAccident;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t_nI...e=channel_page

This is in my opinion one of the most outrageous explosions this kid has ever had. If you play the video starting at about 00:20, you'll quickly come to find what I can;t stand about this video...
I couldn't agree more! However I think that if you do a voiceover, keep your energy down you can be successful when you narrate the videos. Here is a good example: http://www.youtube.com/user/distantsignal Another example of an alternative would be what this guy does he films in my area and instead of a voiceover, he narrates the whole thing through words-another good strategy!http://www.youtube.com/user/MC6853
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BNSFME on YouTube has multiple, multiple videos involving his disruption of the horn and the overall video. I've tried to tell him numerous times that there isn't nor will there ever be a reason for verbal insanity while recording a train. I, as well as a few other YouTube users I've come to know and befriend (Which isn't many for my own reasons) believe in the concept of keeping quiet during the recording of trains. Verbal comments and narration in videos IMO dinge the overall quality of the video. Another user who has a similar "vocal" problem to BNSFME is SillyPuttyAccident;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t_nI...e=channel_page

This is in my opinion one of the most outrageous explosions this kid has ever had. If you play the video starting at about 00:20, you'll quickly come to find what I can;t stand about this video...
To be honest I could care if people want to act like idiots in their own company, but when there are other railfans trying to do their thing, it is all out RUDE! I sure am glad the CNN video showed a more mellow railfan!

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However I think that if you do a voiceover, keep your energy down you can be successful when you narrate the videos. Here is a good example: http://www.youtube.com/user/distantsignal
If my voice was like that, I'd narrate videos too!
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One of the better photographers on here ran in circles when a train came by in his pre teen days, I wont say who it was and he grew out of it. So there is hope for all LOL.
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