Your favorite train watching location

CPRailfan Oct 25, 2000

  1. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    Over the years I've had several favorite railfan spots.

    In Kansas: in front of the UP depot in Topeka, waching UP, Cotton Belt and Rio Grande freights (running trackage rights KC to Pueblo).

    State Line junction, Kansas City, MO/KS. BN,
    Santa Fe, Conrail, SP and UP (now it's BNSF
    and UP).

    Afton, OK, watching Frisco (later BN, then BNSF) action on the Cherokee Sub and on & off the Afton Sub. The one positive thing about the BN/Frisco merger was the increase of traffic and the addition of stack trains
    on the Cherokee Sub.

    The UP's ex-Rio Grand main line and yard in Grand Junction, CO. Amtrak, UP manifest and coal trains, and BNSF trackage-rights traffic
    plus a funky-looking SP SW1500 handling local switching chores.



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  2. CPRailfan

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    I've always wanted to railfan in Colorado. Hopefully this summer we'll head over there on vacation. Oh yeh, Colorado reminds me, GO BRONCOS! [​IMG]

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  3. tunnel88

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    Were gonna spank the Raiders next Monday! We showed those lame Jets... [​IMG]
     
  4. CPRailfan

    CPRailfan TrainBoard Member

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    Oh yeh! We beat em' once, we can do it again.
    Now it's at Mile High! I'm a rare breed up here in CHeese Land, but always have been, and always will be a Broncos fan, as well as a train fan [​IMG]

    talk later..

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    WISCONSIN CENTRAL LTD.
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  5. espee2

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    Mine is Dunsmuir, CA. it's not bad on weekends, especially when BNSF is detouring through [​IMG] .mainly the surrounding mountains make for some surrine pictures and not so bed while waiting.

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  6. Fred

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    I've got a ton of favorites but Cajon Pass & Joliet, the Huey Long Bridge, Palmer, Mass, Dale, Wy and Toledo Ohio's CP-285 (Vickers) are my favorites
     
  7. CPRailfan

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    Hey Fred, thanks for the input. I've rode through Joliet on an Amtrak, but never could find time to railfan there. It's on my "things to do" list though, and I hope to get there sometime. Welcome to trainboard too, you'll have lots of fun here [​IMG]

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    What's that?
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  8. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CPRailfan:
    Oh yeh! We beat em' once, we can do it again.
    Now it's at Mile High! I'm a rare breed up here in CHeese Land, but always have been, and always will be a Broncos fan, as well as a train fan [​IMG]

    talk later..

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    You think YOU'RE an oddity?? Try being a Cowboys fan in Broncos country!! Oh well, they forget that Denver has won only TWO Super Bowls, while Dallas has won FIVE. They seem to forget that... [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I will be at our local RR club meeting tonite, so I'll miss the game. Even so, I hope Griese has a good game, and Terrell racks up some big-time yards (and Dennis Miller has laryngitis [​IMG] )




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  9. Clifton

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    Here are my votes for favorite train watching spots.

    A) New Carrolton, Md. Metro station. Not the most scenic, but you get the Washington D.C. Metro, Marc, Amtrak and freight on the old Pennsy Line.

    B) Savannah, Ill. - BN at the Mississippi and the Soo.


    All of the following are in the Chicago area.

    1) Dolton, as previously mentioned.

    2) Blue Island. CSX, IHB, Rock Island, Iowa Interstate and Grand Trunk - lots o' action.

    3) Hayford (sp?) The BRC crosses the Grand Trunk. I love those BRC Alcos.

    4) Finally, the Roger Williams Ave. grade crossing in Ravinia (south Highland Park, Ill.) on the C&NW North Line.

    That's where I fell in love with trains. All you get are Metra commuters, but I've always had a soft spot for green over yellow.

    Besides if you catch the evening or morning rush, the action isn't too bad.



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  10. CPRailfan

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    Thanks Clifton. I was at Chi.Union Station over Thanksgiving. I've never seen so much Metra and Amtrak. Have you ever railfanned in the Milwaukee area?

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    What's that?
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  11. friscobob

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Fred:
    I've got a ton of favorites but Cajon Pass & Joliet, the Huey Long Bridge, Palmer, Mass, Dale, Wy and Toledo Ohio's CP-285 (Vickers) are my favorites <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Last time I was in Joliet was in 1971 to 1972, watching Santa Fe (later Amtrak) and
    Rock Island passenger trains, EJ&E, RI, ICG
    and Santa Fe freights, and Rock Island commuter runs. The night switching job west of joliet had an Alco RS3, and was cool to watch.


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  12. Kevin Stevens

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    Aw guys, do I really have to answer this question??? [​IMG] [​IMG]
    For newcomers who may be missing the joke, click on the link below...

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  13. DakotaFan

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    Another Broncos fan checking in! The first time I answered this question I stayed with places I get to regularly. I'm looking forward to returning some day to Belmont, NE; the portals of Cascade tunnel; and the Iron Cross in Joliet, IL.
     
  14. CPRailfan

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    Thanks for the second reply Dakota! It's great to hear from another Broncos fan.
    Here are some more of my favorites: (Maybe not well known across the nation, but great places to catch trains if you're ever in Milwaukee)
    1)Wendy's on 100th and Burliegh---Here, you can grab a bite to eat, and catch UP action around the clock. CSX and WC sometimes use these tracks too. UP trains sometimes stop here, and you can sometimes catch the crew having dinner.
    2)Hart Park, Wauwatosa, WI(Just on the south edge of Milwaukee)---Grab a chair, some food, a camera, and have a picnic just 100 feet away from CPR's hot double track mainline. CPR, WC, and Amtrak are always using the rails, and sometimes, you can catch BNSF and NS with run-throughs.


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    Drew

    What's that?
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  15. Ben

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    Footbridge just south of Kenton Station

    Leagrave Station

    Welwyn Garden City Station

    Anywhere on the Cambrian Coast Line

    Exeter St Davids Station

    BEN. [​IMG]
     
  16. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I agree with Exeter St. David's, Ben. On an August day in 1963, it was so busy with Western and Southern region trains, steam and diesel hauled, that it took us over two hours to drink one of those cartons of Kia-Ora squash!

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    The perfect combination - BNSF and N Scale!

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  17. CPRailfan

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    Thanks for the response Ben! If I ever go to London, I'll find time to visit those spots [​IMG]

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  18. John Whitby

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    And did you have one of those B.R. individual apple pies Alan ?......Happy days !!
     
  19. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  20. TexChris

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    Here goes--Clovis, NM/Farwell TX--fast and many BNSF plus great museum in town. Also, SP (UP) Sunset Route around Alpine, Tx--great scenery including Paisano Pass, featuring an old KCM&O (Santa Fe, then South Orient) branch junction. Also, Dayton's Bluff, MN--never been there, but dispatched it for BNSF.
     

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