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Top 10 Reasons You know you are a Railfan:
- While driving your car, you put your arm on the window sill and wave your hand and blow your horn to all kids standing on the street.
- Your wife opens her wallet to show the relatives photos of the children while you open your wallet to show them your latest rail photos from last weeks fan trip.
- When you blow your horn two longs, a short, and a long through every intersection.
- When you end every phone conversation with "Roger".
- You curse the dispatcher when you're held up in traffic.
- Speaking of intersections, you call the signals as you go through them.
- When riding with someone who's backing into a parking space, you say, "two cars...one car...far enough.".
- ) You're in your car and you come up to a railroad crossing. The crossing lights are not flashing and no trains are coming, but you slow to a crawl and look up the track both ways in hope of seeing a train.
- You call zoning to ask if you can use a boxcar for a shed.
- You are on a highway overpass, at 60 mph you suddenly shout,"that's the Seaboard down there!", and you can't believe the others in the car didn't recognize it by the color of the ballast.
More about "Railfan"A railfan or rail buff (American English), railway enthusiast or railway buff , or (often with a more specialized meaning, described below) trainspotter (British English), is a person unnaturally interested in an amateur capacity in rail transport. Railfans can be found worldwide.
More reasons You know you are a Railfan
- ) You wonder why automobiles don't come equipped with couplers.
- When being served dinner, you say, "Easy, easy, that'll do!" as you've gotten enough.
- You open your refrigerator door only to find it full of film for the next fan trip.
- You install a pedal operated bell in your car and ring it while driving across railroad crossings.
- You barbecue using tie butts, for that special flavor!
- Your wife tells you her water burst, and your first reaction is, "My God, her boiler will be ruined!"
- When you get a shopping cart with a bad wheel, you tag it and set it aside for the shops to repair, or park it in an aisle and put up a blue flag in front of and behind it.
- You find yourself looking for old locomotives and color schemes during the obligatory chase scene through the rail yards when you're watching old cop shows and movies on TV.
- You rent certain movies at the video store because you know there is a very cool train scene in it.
- You refuse to cross the tracks until your favorite train has passed by.
- You tell your wife you are going down to the corner bar to have a few drinks with the guys, however, you go to your favorite train watching spot to take a few photos.
- When planning your next vacation, you choose your travel route based upon the location of active railroads and railroad museums.
- The efforts of Hollywood to re-create an earlier era using trains is met with your derisive snort, "They didn't have GP40-2's in 1970! Can't they get it right?".
- You tell your wife you would like take a nice ride to look at scenery, and she asks you,"Shall I'll take some magazines to look at while you look at the scenery in the rail yard?".
- You shop for a house by the tracks instead of away from them!
- You're on Amtrak, you find out that the guy across the isle is a Railfan, and your wives look at each other, roll their eyes and sigh.
- While engaged in intimate relations, you suddenly find yourself mentally debating the relative merits of Genesis vs. F40's.
- You are on a rail facility tour and start talking to one of the mechanics on the shop floor only to find out that you know more than he does.