I am a railfan/policeman and proud of both. I used to ride with another and when the city quieted down after about 5AM or so, we'd head over to the rail yards and see what was cooking. My partner, John Provance (and myself, if I may say so) are not sissies nor weird. John had a productive career in Boston and is now in Africa consulting in the jungle. John was the only guy that I ever knew who could instantly spout specifications on any rail locomotive or motor - tractive effort, weight, HP, etc. etc. I did pretty much everything a policeman can do including being a member of the 2001 World Trade Center Joint Task Force, got shot at, commendated, thrown down stairs, hit by numerous cars purposefully, brought numerous persons back from the dead...you name it. I also happen to know a little about streetcars which you'll see if you follow my "Quizzes" on the MBTA Rail Operations forum. You're in good company, bucko.
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Paul Joyce passed away in August, 2013. We honor his memory and his devotion at railroad.net.