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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by Tanker1497
 
"I dunno what fantasy land this happened in, but there is no way in hell that myself or any of the other railroaders I work with are asking railfans how to do our jobs."

@cr9617 Here in lies the problem... railfans living vicariously in a dream land that no one else has a invite too!
  by CR7876
 
RailsEast wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:00 pm Don't think anyone will see it tonight.
OI16 pulled them back to Browns
  by Bracdude181
 
@Tanker1497 Imagine if some of those dreams were real life though.

Would it be the best thing ever? Or would it be Premium Grade A+ Nightmare Fuel? Lol
  by Bracdude181
 
@CR7876 Thank you. I had a feeling they broke down.
  by Jersey Rail FIlmmakers
 
I mean if I’m going to be completely honest, If I was a crew member, I wouldn’t be too thrilled seeing people chase the train for 8-12 hours straight, every crossing, etc. I mean I think “no photos/videos” is extreme, but if someone is doing that for 12+ hours, I can see how the wrong crew could get a little grumpy. Anyway, I think we’ve been pretty lucky with friendly crews for the past few years though!

Although, I must say chasing is a fun and a unique experience, but I doubt a lot of grumpy crews view it that way. And like tanker said, you mess up once, it’s likely going to be on the internet!
  by GSC
 
I can understand some crews getting testy about constantly being watched. I worked a few railfan trips on engine crews and had endless requests for lots of smoke, poses with rods-down for better pics (pose my engine for you?), can we come up to the cab and pretty much be in your way for fifteen minutes, etc. without thinking of what we are doing mainly for your entertainment.

I tend to just show up at a crossing somewhere and lean on my car and watch the train go by. A once-a-week trip down the Southern is a special treat to see and I see no reason to be a nuisance to those trying to do their jobs. For me, seeing anything on the Southern brings back memories of CNJ JS1/SJ2 through freights, sand trains, etc.

Maybe I have a little better idea of operations from working fantrips and museum operations, but I'm not one to get in the way of working men doing their jobs, no matter what their jobs might be.

Be safe out there.
  by Bracdude181
 
SA31 pulling off Church Running onto the Coast Line now with 6159 and 4421.
  by Bracdude181
 
Boxcar at the head end might be for Extech. About 11 cars for Woodhaven at least.
  by Bracdude181
 
Before I forget, NS 5634 has been replaced by NS 5285.
  by Bracdude181
 
Through Newman Springs Rd 3:42 PM
  by Bracdude181
 
Looks like a car for Marjam as well.

So if the front boxcar is for Extech then it’s one for Extech, 12 for Woodhaven, and one for Marjam.

Approaching Sycamore Ave 3:47 PM
  by Bracdude181
 
Working Extech now. They will likely stop in Farmingdale after they finish up here.
  by Bracdude181
 
Through Farmingdale 5:27 PM
  by Bracdude181
 
Not even 6:30 and he’s almost to Squankum Rd already! Been a while since we’ve had a run this fast.
  by Hear my train a coming
 
GSC wrote: Fri Sep 24, 2021 11:25 am

I tend to just show up at a crossing somewhere and lean on my car and watch the train go by. A once-a-week trip down the Southern is a special treat to see and I see no reason to be a nuisance to those trying to do their jobs.
That's my railfanning technique as well. I keep my distance from the train and don't trespass on their tracks. I'm not trying to be a nuisance. The only communications from railroad employees has been a friendly wave on rare occasions, so I guess I'm not much of a bother.
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