View Full Version : Over Excited Trainspotter
5th Aug 2012, 09:56
This guy reminds me of a guy a met once whilst awaiting a delayed departure from Heathrow. I took a stroll to a roof top carpark to see if anything airside was viewable. I found a large group of 'enthusiasts'. LOL
Excited train guy, New York! - YouTube
5th Aug 2012, 10:17
Ah the swivels, an entertaining species :E
Uncanny.There's a guy at work exactly like this guy.Never stops babbling shyte.Ever..
5th Aug 2012, 12:09
I understood none of that. It was a bit like listenning to the HR Director where I used to work. He was a failed Operations Director.
5th Aug 2012, 12:53
"Listen to that bell..." STFU and maybe we could hear it.
Probably had to change his shreddies afterwards.
5th Aug 2012, 13:28
I wonder if the guy had a ciggy afterward
Sounds like the day I lost my viginity
I have ride tickets on that next month.
5th Aug 2012, 13:46
I like trains but real one that run on hot wet fog.
A A Gruntpuddock
5th Aug 2012, 14:00
We had an avid trainspotter at work - used to think they were mild-mannered wimps.
I mentioned that I might take the wife and kids to see a steam engine due to come through our area.
He advised against it as I had just bought a new car!
Apparently there are only a few good spotting locations on each route, so when a famous engine or train is on tour the first one is totally overrun by a multitude of vehicles parked (or dumped) anywhere.
Once it has passed, there is a frenzy to get away to the next point, which usually includes fistfights, vehicles being rammed out of the way, etc.
Because the engine is taking a fairly direct route, the roads become full of speeding cars trying to get through narrow country lanes at high speed trying to beat the train, this usually involves fistfights, vehicles being rammed out of the way, etc.
Seems that each outing results in many accidents, with vehicles being written off. Some enthusiasts even keep old cars just for this purpose.
I decided to watch it on the telly instead, and looked on him with a new respect.
5th Aug 2012, 15:53
I bet the "spotter" either lives alone (or with his Mum) and has never touched a woman in his life . He may, however, touch himself on a regular basis.......
5th Aug 2012, 16:09
Well, there are train enthusiasts, and the rest of you who just dont get it. I thought his reaction was perfectly understandable :ok:
Still, I sympathise with your non-comprehension. As someone who usually falls asleep around three minutes into the average Formula One race on TV I guess your lack of excitement at the loco is something similar.
5th Aug 2012, 16:19
REAL locomotives have a boiler and pump out thick black smoke (and sound glorious at speed :p )
Speaking of train spotters, this is one of my favorite quirky independent movies on the theme.
The Station Agent (2003) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340377/)
5th Aug 2012, 16:40
Hmm - another con, 11Fan. Just like Trainspotting - I was most disappointed to hear that it wasn't about trainspotting, so never bothered to watch it!
It's more about the three characters with a little train stuff thrown in. Like I said, it's just a quirky independent movie.
5th Aug 2012, 22:58
In the video they didn't show the locomotives coupling to the passenger cars. I think he would have had an orgasm when that happened if he hadn't had at least one already :ok:
"In the video they didn't show the locomotives coupling to the passenger cars. I think he would have had an orgasm when that happened if he hadn't had at least (one) TEN already :ok:"
I thought it was really funny and thought sled dog's summary spot on
"I bet the "spotter" either lives alone (or with his Mum) and has never touched a woman in his life . He may, however, touch himself on a regular basis......."
6th Aug 2012, 08:42
pump out thick black smoke
only for the
It's often a sign of bad firing
When a steam engine's fire is burning efficiently, it produces very little smoke and what you are really seeing is white steam. When coal has just been added to the fire, or the fire is burning inefficiently (perhaps too much coal) it produces grey or black smoke.
Read more: What causes white and black smoke from train steam engine (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_causes_white_and_black_smoke_from_train_steam_engine#ixzz22kn4OdJB)
Let me see ... he had a good time on a budget, did nobody any harm (including himself), went home happy and (I expect) slept soundly that night. Problem?
6th Aug 2012, 11:23
Smug and condescending posts above - people seem to have forgotten the maxim "live and let live".
6th Aug 2012, 12:43
Our local MP went to film Tornado passing through Welwyn garden City station. . .
6th Aug 2012, 14:26
If our trainspotter saw the above video he'd have a heart attack;)
6th Aug 2012, 14:43
It was kinda funny when that 1953 EA stopped ringing his bell and gave him the horn ... :E :D
6th Aug 2012, 17:17
Never a 'spotter', but there is a video (Youtube??) taken at a bend after a very long straight at the summit of a climb with the opening being all silence apart from a blackbird singing and then, gradually, a Black Five comes over the crest and grows and grows ... finally disappears off screen left at high speed. Superbly atmospheric:ok:
28th Nov 2012, 18:53
Trainspotters with attitude! (http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Police-hunting-extreme-trainspotter-Tewkesbury/story-17447803-detail/story.html)
28th Nov 2012, 20:12
To be honest I'd rather these eccentrics, who derive SO much joy and pleasure from something like this or whatever, than the masses who are half-dead to most things. Whether it be looking at birds, trains, planes, cars or collecting stamps etc etc, let's leave them be to reach nirvana. Some are a bit socially inept and might or might not have a partner (who knows?) and some live alone or with an elderly parent. I went to several airshows over the summer, and it was at Fairford where there were SO many amateur photographers with equipment that cost a pretty penny and then some, and it was evident hat they didn't seem interested in the flying display, but capturing as many images as possible then scurrying home to upload, grade, file and share on the many websites. Strange behavior, from my POV as to see the display and 'be there' was the whole point with the odd photo perhaps, but not to them. Each to their own i suppose.
28th Nov 2012, 21:01
BS Our local MP went to film Tornado passing through Welwyn garden City station. . .
Nah he said 'welwyn hatfield' station in the write up. Wot he meant was 'Brookmans Park' Station. Does that make me a station spotter?:8 ...
28th Nov 2012, 22:38
Well that's what it says - Released last night to publicise the 2013 Jacobite Season - Full Screen - Sound Up - enjoy.
This is real class
The Jacobite The Greatest Railway Journey in the World - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwljYBDD28U&feature=youtu.be)
This one should be up for a Darwin Award !!
Train Spotter In Narrow Escape (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8683750.stm)
29th Nov 2012, 18:20
When I do my trainspotting I tend to hide behind a signal box to avoid startling the driver. If no signal box then I get down on the ground and beat a retreat before the Amtrak police show up (figuring that the crew will call the cops as soon as they spot me)
The worst that has happened was when I left my wife in my car next to an abandoned track. I had made it about a mile walking down the track when I heard the train horn. Fortunately I was able to use my cell phone to get her to move the car before the train arrived.
30th Nov 2012, 00:02
I was also a bit offended by the condecending comments by some of the posters here. Who cares if he lives with his mum and frequently chokes the chicken. Its none of our business.
He does seem to know how to take a decent video, exposures set properly etc and must be a decent camera, so hes put some hard earned money into his passion. While a bit over the top i love to hear people genuinly enjoying life.
Now lets look at some other persuits that are aooarently more socially acceptable to some.
Drive for hrs and hrs, pay huge money to sleep in over priced lodgings, be dragged up a mountain on planks, freeze your butt off in expensive clothes, slide down hill, do it over and over till you break a leg or lose fingers due to frostbite. Get home work your butt off so you can do it all again next year.
Spend bucket loads of $ on gear, then sit on a slimy rock for hrs, freezing ur butt of, wet as a dog, having to put slimy worms on hooks, catch nothing but a cold then do it all again the next day.
Spend even more on clothes(must look the part huh), club membership, sticks, golf balls, sunscreen. Whack a little white ball hundreds of metres, spend hrs looking for it, when you find it you whack it again and start the search process all over again. Not to mention trying to get said ball in a hole so far away you need the hbbble telescope to find it.
And you think train spotters are mad???
30th Nov 2012, 03:56
Did he say he had a boner??? :confused:
30th Nov 2012, 04:03
One can never be too quick to assume anything about the source. When I visited the site in September they had that video playing non-stop next to the cash register in the train station. Gave me pause to to think that they may have done it themselves.
30th Nov 2012, 07:34
Having re-looked at the video I'm inclined to agree with you.
Listening the bloke he waxes lyrical about the loco in front and says nothing about the trailing loco until the ensemble pulls away. The trailing loco is clearly visible from the start of the video and any enthusiast visiting for the first time couldn't have helped noticing it and therefore commenting early in the piece.
Yep - manufactured, put-up job.
30th Nov 2012, 08:52
Trainspotting, you can't beat watching "The Titfield Thunderbolt". :ok:
30th Nov 2012, 08:56
Good post, nomorecatering. And what about Formula One which even has its own thread on JB? I watched it on TV a couple of times but the high-pitched screaming hurt my ears.
Mind you I hear it's not so bad now Murray Walker has retired ;)
30th Nov 2012, 13:30
August 2008 - Eighteen years and three million pounds later and Tornado is delivered for trials - in workshop grey
Then she went into service in British Railways apple green
Then in 2010 to Brunswick Green
And now - In early B R Blue
If you can't appreciate that - you're dead!
30th Nov 2012, 13:47
I still prefer the Brunswick Green. That was how they were painted when I was at school, although in many cases, overlaid with a protective layer of grime!
30th Nov 2012, 14:14
Great piccies as per TBF. With radeng on this prefer the green.:ok:
Blue reminds me of Thomas the tank engine.
30th Nov 2012, 14:58
Speaking of the Jacobite clip do you know what that background music is Mr Frank?
30th Nov 2012, 15:06
Thanks for the clip in the OP lancair, it was a privilege to see two such beautifully restored locomotives and to hear the bell and the horn. :ok:
30th Nov 2012, 15:33
I am with the laissez faire brigade on this. I know professionally that a large number of train spotters, planespotters and their ilk live somewhere on the autistic spectrum - Aspergers being particularly prevalent.
Their hobby is harmless to others and is something that they can easily assimilate and accommodate in the world in which they live.
Mock them if you must, but do it privately, and give thanks that you and your families do not live with the consequences on a daily basis.
30th Nov 2012, 16:47
Few of em here, over in Yankland. Action starts at 3 mins.
Central Ave. Derailment - YouTube
No way to run a railroad !!
A few diesel locomotives had that "something special" - one type being the 22 Deltic locos that ran out of Kings Cross up to Leeds, Newcastle & Edinburgh. Get in the first coach, open the window and stick your head out, listen to that Napier deltic roar, only thing missing from this video is the wind and rain in your face, and a lungfull of acrid 2 stroke diesel fumes !! (yes, Deltics are 2 strokes)
Turn the vol to max
30th Nov 2012, 17:36
listen to that Napier deltic roar, only thing missing from this video is the wind and rain in your face, and a lungfull of acrid 2 stroke diesel fumes !!
there's a lot more than that missing from that video.
It's akin to listening to the roar of a jet engine for 5 mins straight
30th Nov 2012, 18:10
Only saw max speed signs of 80, loads better between Doncaster and York where they used to give em big licks! The good old days.
30th Nov 2012, 19:29
Mr D - I wrote to James Shuttleworth who commissioned the video and asked him the same question.
He replied that it was a purpose composed track - amazing!
30th Nov 2012, 19:34
I would have guessed Vangelis,excellent piece,very fitting for the clip.:)
30th Nov 2012, 20:28
Agree not much speed in that video. The climb out of Kings Cross is pretty stiff form a standing start with 12 or so carriages on - all the way up to Potters Bar before the "flying" begins.
In the cab of a Deltic, 100mph thru' Doncaster.
Cabride on Deltic D9000 centre road Doncaster - YouTube
For steam buffs this is a good un. Standing start from Manchester Victoria up Miles Platting bank - just about makes it.
76079 departs from Man Vic - Cotton Mills Express - 12.01.08 - YouTube
Jubilee 3 cylinder 4-6-0 Leander thru the Pennines at Copy Pit Summit (between Todmorden & Blackburn). Nice sunny day (rare).
2nd Dec 2012, 13:45
Nice video of some major trackwork replacement work in 1947. Note - no hi-vis jackets, no steel-tipped boots or helmets!
2nd Dec 2012, 17:20
6201 stopped at Swindon to disembark passengers and ................
2nd Dec 2012, 17:35
That was probably the best thing that happened in Swindon on a Saturday evening!
G&T ice n slice
2nd Dec 2012, 18:09
of some major trackwork replacement work in 1947. Note - no hi-vis jackets, no steel-tipped boots or helmets!
What are (were) those small white tubes most of them were holding in their mouths?
Also did you notice mostly is shirt-sleeves, but it was cold enuff that many time you could see theire breath when then breathed out.
"Mummy what was it like when everything was black & white and everyone walked jerkily?"
followed by clip around the ear