About THIS SITE
I have been a railfan for about 25 years. I was born into a railroad family. My father started working for the
Pere Marquette Railway around 1935 and later was a station agent for the PM and then the C&O. After 25
years he switched to a career in industrial purchasing. Before him, my grandfather and great grandfather worked
for the Pere Marquette or its predecessors in Michigan. I never was a railfan until my son showed an interest in
trains big and small when he was about 7. We started by going to train shows and also had HO trains, but as my
son grew older, we found that we really enjoyed traveling to common railfan locations and watching big ole
modern freight trains. I was a gregarious industrial salesman (retired now) and enjoyed meeting and learning
about trains from fellow railfans as well as all the things railfans do, like photographing trains, searching out rail
themed restaurants, learning about railroads, and corresponding with some of those I meet. My son learned to
socialize with people through railfanning, and also became an accomplished photographer. Once my son started his
career in the Air Force, I continued to travel alone around the Midwest states, still always enjoying meeting
fellow railfans. To add interest to this hobby, I created this web site to share some of that knowledge I have
gained through the years, and perhaps encourage others to introduce themselves to me.
The goal that I have here is to give a brief description of many locations that I know about through reading or
through friends. I have been to quite a few of these locations and always dream to see more of them. The simple
useful information like GPS info, ‘lay of the land’ type info, and anything else to help you enjoy the experience.
This info will also help me when I get to those new places. I have posted contact information on the Contact
Page, and encourage you to share your thoughts with me. If you have pictures or detailed Information you can
share that are beyond the scope of my pages, a friend of mine Todd Sestero welcomes contributions to his sites:
RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S. and RAILFAN SIGNALS of the U.S.
Todd and I have been coordinating information for a while. Sometimes we duplicate information, but most of the
time our information is complimentary. In RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S., Todd likes RR signaling, commuter and
light rail, detail and maps. He makes excellent maps when he has the time. We both are looking for
correspondents to keep us up to date, correct errors, and suggest new locations. Be gentle with your criticism,
remember this is just a hobby, and we’re amateurs.
I have also added another site - road tripping, that is basically the same travel when trains aren't involved. See
that site which I just started in 2017 here: Roadtripping Home still in it's infant stages and under construction.
UPDATE July 2016: TGR has begun a collaboration with Charles Holzer who publishes RailfanLocations.weebly.
com to share links and information. Charles also publishes RailfanMotels.com The best of several railfan lodging
sites on the web. Railfan Guides to the U.S.; RailfanLocations; and The Gregarious Railfan all hope these
collaborations give you, our site visitors, better access to more content.
UPDATE April 2017: This June I will be 71 years young, and I still greet each new dawn with delight, but I
continue to feel the effects of advancing age. My hope is to continue expanding the website far beyond and
into the foreseeable future.
Note: Because a location on The Gregarious Railfan has a low or medium Gregarious Quotient, That does not
mean that it is unfriendly, it simply means that under normal conditions, you won't meet many railfans when you
Note: Train counts are from the DOT RR crossing inventory pages listed at the Federal Railroad Administration
Safety Map Website: http://fragis.fra.dot.gov/GISFRASafety/ , from local promotional literature, or sometimes
from the website “Railfans Welcome” at N8OAY’s Railfan Help Desk. Train counts may vary on different websites
because they may have been created on widely varying dates and they do change from year to year.
An additional note: You will see the term ‘Floobydust’ on a few pages. It is a term that I saw on Todd Sestero’s
website, he tells me that it is common electronics slang. It basically means ‘miscellaneous’.
I live where others take their vacations
Denver Todd TGR
The Gregarious Railfan in association with RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S. and RailfanLocations
The Gregarious Railfan