Railfanning Tips

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Tadman
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Re: Railfanning Tips

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BNSF's western suburbs are usually pretty good for watching trains. Friendly people and police make it nicer. My sister lives out there and her 3yo daughter is becoming a bit of a Metra fan, it's quite amusing.

I also had one of the greatest catches of my time watching trains out there. In the leadup to Streamliners at Spencer, I caught NKP 190 behind the power on a BN freight train. I was eating lunch with a friend and had no idea it was about to happen, and she cruised on by. I was in a state of shock.
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Re: Railfanning Tips

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Yes I'm looking forward to getting out to the burbs to watch some rail action and finding a good place for lunch. I really do appreciate that Metra recognizes the railfanning hobby and will respect a responsible railfan. Can't wait for my trip.
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Re: Railfanning Tips

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A bit of a clarification here - I feel the suburban police are decent to deal with, and the Chicago city police are too busy with real problems. Metra police, on the other hand, are not quite as easy to deal with. I'm not saying they're going to take you to jail tomorrow or pick a fight, but they're the least friendly of the bunch.
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