Video: The excited train guy

posted at 8:59 pm on August 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

A palate cleanser via HuffPo and BuzzFeed, where one of the commenters describes this, perfectly aptly, as the “Double Trainbow” clip.

I think this is safe for work, but just listen to him. I don’t know, guys. I honestly don’t know.


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I vote real. And if not real, not a parody. This was played strait…

oprockwell on August 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

What’s a “foamer?” That conductor is just toying with the man now with the horn.

cynccook on August 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM

A ‘foamer’ is someone (we rails) refer to as a rather enthusiastic individual, usually taking pictures or videos of our trains, possible so excited that they are ‘foaming’ at the mouth…

Usually very nice and ‘harmless’ people…

Occasionally, they even film us crossing at grade and a car gets in front of us for a collision, and their footage is GOLDEN in exonerating us…

/s/ Locomotive Engineer for a Class 1 railroad…

Khun Joe on August 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 10:20 PM

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Do you have multiple personality disorder?

I think NS and CSX shared some yards as well. And Conrail might not have been taken over entirely. But like I said, not all that interested in the intricacies of the takeover. I am comfortable with you several personalities having far superior knowledge on the subject over myself.

NotCoach on August 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I feel the exact same way about women’s, er…headlights.

robblefarian on August 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

As a huge rail buff (specifically, we like to be called railfans) I can testify that this guy’s reaction is not that unusual. Like most geeky hobbies, this one attracts a large percentage of overly addicted, possibly autistic fanboys. I’ve actually witnessed worse at vintage railroad events, one which almost got someone killed. And if I said the name “Dennis Riga” to any buff from the New York City area, they would instantly know whom I was talking about.

BTW, in the rail buff community, we use the term “foamer” to describe people like this. The term dates to the 1950′s, being used by railroad employees to describe the nutty buffs they encounter while out in the field. Specifically, the ones who would “foam at the mouth” when a train would pass them by. Over the years, the term spread outside the industry.

TheLastBrainLeft on August 2, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Those old Diesels are cool, but prefer the old chuffah chuffah coal burners. Those babies just scream “Iron Horse”.

44Magnum on August 2, 2012 at 10:55 PM

But Obama fans want to know “Where’s the Gravy Train?”… you know, the one carrying “Obama Stash”.

Now that would be worth getting all excited about!

Hill60 on August 2, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Do you have multiple personality disorder?

I think NS and CSX shared some yards as well. And Conrail might not have been taken over entirely. But like I said, not all that interested in the intricacies of the takeover. I am comfortable with you several personalities having far superior knowledge on the subject over myself.

NotCoach on August 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

thank you quack and your ignorance of rr history

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

The term dates to the 1950′s, being used by railroad employees to describe the nutty buffs they encounter while out in the field.

chick-fil-a take out windows or code pink get together

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Do you have multiple personality disorder?

proggtard army

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 11:09 PM

This guy needs to get a Lionel Train set and a bunch of track, quickly!

Dollayo on August 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

…I wanted a Lionel Train set as a kid…never got one…wanted to get one for my son… he never wanted one…I’m going to get one somehow!

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

The term dates to the 1950′s, being used by railroad employees to describe the nutty buffs they encounter while out in the field.

does fainting at baracky rallies count?

newrouter on August 2, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The train looks like the model in the movie “Runaway Train,” with Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. One of the best B-movies of all time.

Mallard T. Drake on August 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

…I wanted a Lionel Train set as a kid…never got one…wanted to get one for my son… he never wanted one…I’m going to get one somehow!

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I’ve never had a house with enough room to build the kind of set I want, but train sims can be fun. You can build your own routes and scenery along with the trains. Some people get really good at it.

Eren on August 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

‘Foamer’ lol

Mr. Arrogant on August 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

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Line of the year: “…that doesn’t stop a foamer! Ooooohhhh, especially when it comes to heritage equipment!”

Absolutely hilarious! I’m trusting “foamer” has something to do with trains…if not, DUDE!

The Hort on August 2, 2012 at 10:30 PM

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No bigger rail-fan on this blog than myself (there might be some equals), but THAT was embarrassing. ( b l u s h )

“Foamer” has been slang for “rail-fans”, at least since I started reading railroad magazines some time ago. It may go all the way back to early 1900s, for all I know.

The guy might be “faking” excitement, but I’ve been present when some rail-fans were behaving nearly like that, and they definitely were not.

Never underestimate the power of older (heritage), working railroad locomotives to make a grown rail-fan “foam”.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

…I wanted a Lionel Train set as a kid…never got one…wanted to get one for my son… he never wanted one…I’m going to get one somehow!

KOOLAID2 on August 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

There are a lot of fathers out there that convinced their sons to ask Santa for a train set.

Seriously though, I have to wonder if the proggies like Governor Moonbeam that pine for ‘high-speed rail’ are just working out childhood fantasies. Imagine how much money California could save if someone would just huury up and buy Moonbeam a $10K Lionel set already.

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Occasionally, they even film us crossing at grade and a car gets in front of us for a collision, and their footage is GOLDEN in exonerating us…

/s/ Locomotive Engineer for a Class 1 railroad…

Khun Joe on August 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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I’m NOT calling you a liar, but I find it hard to believe any of the Class 1 corporations, today, wouldn’t have cameras on every locomotive they own.

Class 2s & 3s maybe different.

If you don’t mind saying, which one do you work for?
(If you’d rather not divulge that, I understand)

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Never underestimate the power of older (heritage), working railroad locomotives to make a grown rail-fan “foam”.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Seen it myself many a time.

Way too laid back to do it myself though.

I might do it if I ever experience a real American 4-4-0 with a fat funnel stack.

I know I would if I ever got to see the General and the Texas fire up and re-enact their famous chase.

cozmo on August 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The train looks like the model in the movie “Runaway Train,” with Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. One of the best B-movies of all time.

Mallard T. Drake on August 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

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That IS a good movie, far as I’m concerned. : )

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Well, I do have to say it takes something with a little more firepower to have that effect on me.

OK. I know the video starts with seemingly endless footage of the plane-guard helo lifting off. But the combat pass by the E-2C is worth the wait. The appearance by the CO of VFA-25 “Fist of the Fleet” is truly inspiring. And the helos get to do a little showing off later on. Even the COD is in on this airshow.

Unofficial motto of the US Navy: Sierra Hotel.

J.E. Dyer on August 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

OMG. My husband works for Iowa Pacific Railroad(of which the S and NC is a subsidiary)… he thinks that the overly-enthusiastic railfan’s voice sounds familiar. Really. *sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

I know I would if I ever got to see the General and the Texas fire up and re-enact their famous chase.

cozmo on August 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

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That would be a spectacle . . . but aren’t they 5 foot gauge?
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It was disapointing to learn awhile back that the PRR Museum at Strasburg, PA, had taken the 1223 (4-4-0) and the 7002 (4-4-2) out of running, all together. They look great in the museum, but they’d look better running !
A few older videos of them double-heading excursions have been uploaded on YT.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

OMG. My husband works for Iowa Pacific Railroad(of which the S and NC is a subsidiary)… he thinks that the overly-enthusiastic railfan’s voice sounds familiar. Really. *sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

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What’s his position with them (IF you don’t mind saying)?

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

J.E. Dyer on August 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Nice, but no Dale Snodgrass.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM
IP is a fairly small company so he said to just say that he works in the Texas branch. He used to work in the Chicago HQ.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

who says diesels can’t be dynamic. I have to agree, 2 absolute beauty’s. Now these 2 would make a chill go up and down Chris Matthew’s leg, for sure…

Darvin Dowdy on August 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

That would be a spectacle . . . but aren’t they 5 foot gauge?
listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Heck, I dunno’. If I had known when they each got moved to their new locations I would have made an effort to be there.

The Age of rail Museum (I know it has a new name, but I forget it)in Dallas has been threatening to move to Frisco. Those are gonna’ be some nice consists if they ever do.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

dude luvs him some trains…..

ted c on August 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Btw: Husband used to work for two fallen flags-n of them was the great CNW. He’s also a serious model RR. I joke that the ‘other woman’ has drive-wheels and a stream engine. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM

J.E. Dyer on August 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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That was worth watching. : )

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:16 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I’d Better not tell husband that there’s a RR museum in Dallas.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I’d Better not tell husband that there’s a RR museum in Dallas.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:17 AM

I double dog bunny suit dare you.

Tell him it has a Big Boy AND a Centennial. Before Omaha did.

Very friendly folks runnin’ it too.

Nice old trolly’s run the MTA daily, for free.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM

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C&NW was a great road. I liked the Corporate logo/symbol as well.

My one aunt used to refer to her husband’s 1970s vintage Ford muscle car (rebuild hobby) as “The other woman”.

She however, was NOT joking or smiling when she said it.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Even on our honeymoon I got dragged to a RR museum.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Even on our honeymoon I got dragged to a RR museum.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

So, I almost got arrested tryin’ to sneak onto the ex USS Cabot during ours.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

Humongous train fans exist in Japan, too. They go in mostly for photographing and riding the bullet trains (Shinkansen) and commuter trains, although some do follow the freight trains. There are videos of train routes, filmed from the cab so you see what the conductor sees. There are at least two magazines devoted to the hobby, and a huge museum north of Tokyo. Let’s just say the reason I know all this is because I know someone who has gotten caught up in the hobby…someone very close to me, and no, it’s not me. I just go along for the ride. :-)

theotherone on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I like sharks-he likes trains.
It is what it is.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

who says diesels can’t be dynamic. I have to agree, 2 absolute beauty’s. Now these 2 would make a chill go up and down Chris Matthew’s leg, for sure…

Darvin Dowdy on August 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

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And if he got too close, they might make him wet his pants. : )

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

He didn’t do anything that daring-though all that ate the mastocolli(sp?)…including him-at our reception, ended up with food-poisoning.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

My son is a train fan. Six years old, and he is not autistic. He just loves trains. I could see him being that excited.

Me… I’d rather drool over some British cars. Preferrably old, but some of the new ones are very nice too.

Logus on August 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I once had a coworker leave my car while I was stopped for a train and do something similar but at much lower key. Afterwards he ranted all through lunch about what he had just seen. Weird then, weird thinking about it now.

roy_batty on August 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Folks, it’s a parody of this.
http://youtu.be/RhYXNwvcl6A

basicbill on August 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I agree. he pretty much says in this video the same as what the other guy said. You really can tell when he started talking about how cold it is and the elderly man in the video has a short sleeve shirt on and its appears to be the middle of the summer…trees.

tommer74 on August 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

You may also want to tell him about the Grapevine Rail Road between Grapevine and the stockyards. Or the Texas State Rail Road between Athens and Palestine. The Oklahoma Railway Museum operates some diesels if that is what he prefers.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Tell him it has a Big Boy AND a Centennial. Before Omaha did.

Very friendly folks runnin’ it too.

Nice old trolly’s run the MTA daily, for free.

cozmo
on August 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

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Could you imagine restoring one of the “Big Boys” to working condition?

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

I can dream, too.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:34 AM

I’m reminded of this clip from Little Shop Of Horrors with Bill Murray and Steve Martin.

simkeith on August 3, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I can dream, too.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:34 AM

There was a deal in the works to do just that for a movie. It fell through due the amount of work (mostly because of the cut piston rods I think). I believe there was one that ended getting restores for the movie though. Don’t remember the movie.

As long as we’re dreamin’, a working type VIIC, or US fleet boat…

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Folks, it’s a parody of this.
http://youtu.be/RhYXNwvcl6A

basicbill on August 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I agree. he pretty much says in this video the same as what the other guy said. You really can tell when he started talking about how cold it is and the elderly man in the video has a short sleeve shirt on and its appears to be the middle of the summer…trees.

tommer74 on August 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Same basic video and monologue. This one I buy as real. Not the excited train guy video.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:27 AM

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He didn’t do anything that daring-though all that ate the mastocolli(sp?)…including him-at our reception, ended up with food-poisoning.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

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I remember an episode of ‘Homer’ beginning like that, but it was a child’s birthday party, instead of a wedding.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM

I wasn’t sure if this was actually safe for work, but when I heard the line “Foamer for Harringtons equipment”….well…er…

Brychance on August 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

As long as we’re dreamin’, a working type VIIC, or US fleet boat…

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

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Or the “Spruce Goose”.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

Obviously this is a foamer wannabe.

tommer74 on August 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Or the “Spruce Goose”.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

No one left with big enough ego for that.

And I’ll raise you…SaturnV…with SkylabII.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Forget it. Our 10th anniversary is in November and I don’t want to spending the weekend RR museum hopping.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Chicken…bunny

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:52 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Dunderhead, when my wife and I do these things, she drops me of like a kid at the candy store and goes…shopping. Unless you prefer shopping in Lubbock to Fort Worth, or Dallas. Or the Strand in Galveston. Nice RR museum there too.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Lived in a train depot as a kid. Dad worked for the CNR. Those are beauties.

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Obviously this is a foamer wannabe.

tommer74 on August 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Or someone who wants their 15 minutes of fame on youtube.

sharrukin on August 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

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No one left with big enough ego for that.

And I’ll raise you…SaturnV…with SkylabII.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 12:49 AM

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I was never interested in the Space Program, but that would be an undertaking.

I know, how about we re-float, salvage and restore the original USS Hornet?
It launched the Doolittle Raid, and as such would have some Historic Landmark value.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

To much confusion among the masses. They would say we already have the Hornet, in San Francisco.

Yorktown class, Essex class…they’re all the same.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

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IP is a fairly small company so he said to just say that he works in the Texas branch. He used to work in the Chicago HQ.

annoyinglittletwerp
on August 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

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So he’s in actual ‘train service’? (loco engineer, conductor, and there’s still a few “brake-men” around)

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Me and the ex went to Battleship Cove on our Honeymoon, I’ve also been on the Midway, and the USS Bary…and of course the U505. I love Navy ships.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

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To much confusion among the masses. They would say we already have the Hornet, in San Francisco.

Yorktown class, Essex class…they’re all the same.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

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( s i g h )
But it’s not the same . . . . . . .

I’m cutting out for bed, so “‘nite all”.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Customer service-but he’s an old school RR. He’s done it all.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2012 at 12:56 AM

That was one thing good about Chicago-it’s a HUGE RR hub.
It’s got: Metra, the ‘El’, Amtrak, South Shore(owned/run by Indiana), UP, BNSF, CN, EJ&E,…and of course-IP.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:10 AM

neophyte

…and of course the U505

Above ground, or underground?

I almost got arrested there too. Something about unauthorized access. Go figure.

‘Till you’ve experienced the USS Texas, you ain’t a Texan. Or the Cavalla, or the Stewart, or the Lexington.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

RE: U505..I’m a Chicago girl-so BOTH.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM

RE: U505..I’m a Chicago girl-so BOTH.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Pictures or it never happened.
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Lots of pictures. Especially of it being moved, the second time. And the first time too, if your folks were around.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:25 AM

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:25 AM

I started being taken to the MSI when I was THREE. I don’t have no stinkin’ pictures-but I WAS in it ‘above ground’ MANY times.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:27 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:27 AM

Yeah, right. You expect me to believe that story?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Yeah, right. You expect me to believe that story?

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:29 AM

You’re just being a HATER because I’m from Chicago-and you’re not.
H8-TR!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

H8-TR!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Ya’ got me. I have yankee envy.

Now I’m so broken up I’m goin’ to bed.

cozmo on August 3, 2012 at 1:37 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM

No better perch than Chicago, the beating heart of rail-era America. Pity I’ve never been there.

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2012 at 1:58 AM

I’m hoping to make it back ‘home’ for a visit next spring.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 2:04 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Chicago, where the Great Lakes dip most deeply into the heartland!

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Allah, I don’t give a crap what anyone says. You are a master. You know your crew like nobody’s business. 175 comments off a stinking train thread. I bow to you and chant. I’m not worthy.
Well done. Up twinkles. ; )

Bmore on August 3, 2012 at 3:46 AM

maybe TC Durant is

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_C._Durant

Thomas Clark, 1820–85, U.S. railroad developer and financier.

Just so the guy feels complete.

TXJenny on August 3, 2012 at 5:35 AM

J.E. Dyer on August 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Just looked at the video again. I harassed the pooch on 400: it appears to be DCAG’s aircraft and not the CO’s. Another keel-haul on the books for this old sea dog.

J.E. Dyer on August 3, 2012 at 6:29 AM

I’m NOT calling you a liar, but I find it hard to believe any of the Class 1 corporations, today, wouldn’t have cameras on every locomotive they own.

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Speaking from experience, not every engine has camera’s on the front, it depends on the age of the engine

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on August 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Beautiful machines indeed.

leon on August 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

If this video is indeed genuine, then I guarantee this person is on the Autism spectrum. They tend to have extreme areas of interest. Kinda like an extreme baseball fan that knows all the stats spanning over decades.

How do I know this? Our son is on the Autism spectrum. Students, parents, and adults all make fun on him and make judgments.

Welcome to our world.

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

He just never grew up…

Here he is as a kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zBwdCpkJGc&feature=related

Bootleghooch on August 3, 2012 at 9:07 AM

We used to hang at the tracks as kids.

Once we were talking to a caboosie behind the caboose, and I stood on the rail preparing to attempt a jump to the next track, swinging my arms like a standing long jumper.

“No!” he yelled, and at that moment a high speed commuter went by. I hadn’t heard it at all. He saved my life.

Akzed on August 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I can’t help thinking of Bill Murray while this guy narrates the thing.

Relative, perhaps?

Cricket624 on August 3, 2012 at 9:46 AM

They tend to have extreme areas of interest. Kinda like an extreme baseball fan that knows all the stats spanning over decades.

How do I know this? Our son is on the Autism spectrum. Students, parents, and adults all make fun on him and make judgments.

Welcome to our world.

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Well then I know a whole lot of autistic people. Come on, people can have hobbies they really really love and that’s what this is. I know, I have train buffs as friends and in the family. They get excited when they see something like this, you should see them on an actual train trip. It’s like seeing and getting a picture of a rare species of animal or bird to them.
Sure some people carry it to extreme, just like any hobbyist. But outside of their hobby they are perfectly normal. And most are extremely sociable, often belonging to clubs and travel groups or as preservationists. If we are now starting to claim that enthusiasts are autistic that is taking it too far. Now if it totally dominates their lives and they show other serious lack of social skills, perhaps. JMO

Deanna on August 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I’m on the autistic spectrum. My interest tend toward things like shark attacks, naval disasters, train wrecks(Aspie women tend to gravitate toward interests like those)…and I’m NOTHING like that guy.
you can keep you world-and your stereotypes.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 3, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Deanna on August 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I did not claim that enthusiasts are autistic — at least not all of them. However, after watching this video, it’s very much like going on our group outings. LOL!! This is very much how an Asperger’s person would present. Not saying the person in the video **IS** on the spectrum, but this is how it presents itself. And this is why people make fun of my son — because he’s quirky and different.

Knowing someone and living it day-to-day are two different things. No two are the same.

So maybe this dude in the video IS just a regular guy that’s an enthusiast. But it sure as heck doesn’t look that way to me. :)

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I live in Cheyenne, Wyoming, home of the Union Pacific steam shop and roundhouse. They maintain two locomotives (844 “Northern” and 3985 “Challenger”) in running condition and occasionally take them out for excursions.

The sound of the steam whistles gives me the chills. Love them old fire-breathing monsters.

http://www.up.com/aboutup/special_trains/steam/index.shtml

merlich on August 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I hear you on this.
Our son is on the Autism spectrum and has extreme areas of interest and I can relate to the adults and children making fun of his interests. Kids know no better; the adults I cannot understand.
My consolation is knowing the joy those interests bring to my son and us and the fact that later in life he’ll use them to make a name for himself while the rest of the slobs b*tch and moan over his success.
Even if it’s not the interests that will help him the drive will.
I keep thinking of Edison and Gates and to a certain extent Jobs as well.

Bubba Redneck on August 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

So maybe this dude in the video IS just a regular guy that’s an enthusiast. But it sure as heck doesn’t look that way to me. :)

pastselldate on August 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I took issue when you said “guarantee.” I think we need more information on the rest of this man’s life to make any kind of judgement. To me this is no different than die hard sports fans, or even researchers. I volunteered at a paleontolgy dig once. Try it if you want to see real excitement and filming. Or go talk to reenactors at a battle or hot rod owners at a show;)

Deanna on August 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Annoyinglittletwerp

Naval disasters! My kind of woman!
Check out “Great Naval Disasters: U.S. Naval accidents in the 20th Century” by K. Bonner and C. Bonner.
I thought I owned the only copy.

Speaking of naval disasters, no nuclear powered Burkes is a disaster in my opinion.

Bubba Redneck on August 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I see this video being used by his wife at the divorce proceedings.

profitsbeard on August 3, 2012 at 10:54 AM

No dude, that really wasn’t the light at the end of the tunnel.

Speakup on August 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Over the top…but right there with him, in a calm sense. Unfortunately a lot of cities are applying for quiet zones to limit the horns.

Love trains, really more of an old electic interurban guy myself, especially the North Shore Line from Chicago to Milwaukee.

bhawknine on August 3, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The Chris Matthews of trains…

Let’s see if that old locomotive can actually pull something!

Steve Z on August 3, 2012 at 11:59 AM

listens2glenn on August 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

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Speaking from experience, not every engine has camera’s on the front, it depends on the age of the engine

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on August 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

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Sorry it took so long for me to get back to HA, today . . . . .

Thanks for your reply, CIRD. I honestly believed that the Class 1s had outfitted all of their engines with cams.

So I’ll have to stand corrected on that.

listens2glenn on August 3, 2012 at 12:15 PM

All two cars? Woo-hoo.

djaymick on August 3, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The guy obviously loves and appreciates trains but at the same time I think he’s playing up the enthusiasm. I think it’s great and the guy is probably a blast to be around.

I guess he’s not sophisticated enough for a grenwich village denizen like allah.

peacenprosperity on August 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

An obvious parody of Double Rainbow Guy. And double rainbow guy was so totally stoned it was hilarious. This guy just sounded kinda lame.

D-Bar on August 4, 2012 at 6:49 AM

Yes, its a parody of the Rainbow Guy. As is the Heritage Paint Scheme video that this video resembles. Word on one of the railroad history sites is that the person behind this parody works for the railroad industry.

Personally, it would take a fully restored and operable Yellowstone to get me that excited. And I hope I would be able to contain myself.

Orson Buggeigh on August 4, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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