fauxcelt wrote:TREnecNYP, that looks like an example of "extreme" foaming to me.
(I hope I am not violating etiquette here)
I posted this a while ago on another thread, but it is relevant here too since what I am describing in it is a FOAMER...:
Re: Why is being a railfan considered weird?
Post by n2cbo on Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:04 am
It's the REAL NUTTY FEW that poison the term Railfan... I met one of these once in Union Station in Washington, DC some years ago. There used to be a model train shop in the shopping mall area of the station, and while on my lunch break I visited the store (I was working for AT&T at the time [back in the 1990's] and I was Project Manager for a telecommunication project that we were doing for Amtrak back then, and spent quite a bit of time around Union Station). While browsing in the book section of the store, looking at a book about diesels, a guy dressed up with a red bandanna and an old steam engineer's hat on struck up a conversation and told me that a (then) brand new locomotive (a P-40) was sitting on one of the tracks, and that he could get permission for us to take some pictures (I had a small camera with me at the time) inside the cab of a brand new P40 since he was good friends with the stationmaster. I felt a little uneasy about it, but I followed him to the Stationmaster, who indeed knew him, and (to my surprise) DID give him permission to go inside the locomotive and get some pics. I followed him to the track, but I just stood outside the locomotive and took some shots of the outside, because something made me feel uncomfortable about him. Well, I am GLAD that I did not go into the cab with him (even though he HAD the permission of the stationmaster) because he turned on the master switch and was going to try to start up the engine, when an Amtrak police officer approached the locomotive, and detained him while they summoned the stationmaster. I told the officer I did not know him , and was just taking photos of the station (this was LONG BEFORE 9/11) and left (I REALLY did not know him, since I just met him and didn't even know his name, plus I was wearing business attire and he looked like an idiot... and I guess they believed me). I hope that the stationmaster did not lose his job over it since it IS against the rules... (I was an electrician at Sunnyside Yard while in college back in the 70's and remembered most of the rulebook - I guess that's why I had enough sense to stay off...). I'm sure that was the LAST time the stationmaster EVER gave permission for ANY railfan to bend the rules..
Just in case you were wondering... The Nut in the red bandanna, THAT'S A FOAMER...........