The Gregarious Railfan
Floobydust*
* Floobydust is electronics slang. It basically means ‘miscellaneous’.
Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus Trains    
The Amtrak Auto Train     
Tropicana Juice Train      
Railex West Coast Salad Train (also called The Salad Bowl express)   
Pullman Rail Journeys on the 'City of New Orleans' and other trains.    
UP Steam Excursion trains    
RR Business trains   
These trains are all commercially active trains operating on 'main line' Class I
railroads; not tourist trains.
 
Private Varnish
Private varnish are privately owned custom built or restored passenger cars. Frequently they travel at the end of
scheduled Amtrak trains or in special excursion trains.
Miscellaneous pages of interest on this site:
Some Neat Video from YouTube (not my videos)
Special Trains:
Unit Trains;  a partial list:
Coal   
Ethanol & Crude Oil   
Refrigerated produce and processed food
Garbage (honest!)
Stone and aggregates   
Molten Steel
Finished coiled steel   
Radioactive waste  
National Guard and DoD trains   
last update or addition 12/26/16  
A Funeral/Hospital Train
Here's what's interesting about railfanning. Always something you haven't seen before; despite what non fans think, all
trains are not the same.  CSX 8028 is on the point of a hospital/funeral train at Ridgefield Park, NJ. The equipment
is stuff that was stored in the PSE&G yard for years. The equipment, with the exception the NYSW 206 are headed
for Boonton for storage and maybe eventual restoration. Date: 7/26/2008  Location: Ridgefield Park, NJ  
Picture © John Durant  <Click Thumbnail to enlarge>
CEBX 800 on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad north interchange track heading towards the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in La Grange,
Illinois. The car overhang on the curve is awesome! The world's largest operating railroad freight car is carrying a load bound for a refinery in Kansas. I
apologize for the shaky camera.  ©Ken Koren 2010    
See section below about Schnabel Cars
Schnabel Cars the largest cars on the rails
More about Schnabel Cars  by S. Berliner III
Picture Ciurtesy of Todd Sestero
RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
LINKS
In corresponding to a friend about a depot in Hampstead, MD, I had this epiphany:
"I always like to see an old depot with clean, non peeling paint and an A/C unit along side. It
tells me that someone there cares about our railroad heritage enough to save it and use it.
(The railroad, the city, some business, or some individual - that doesn't make a difference; just
so it's preserved.) Can you imagine railfanning without depots or cabooses? "   TGR
LINKS
Miniature Steam Railroads
There just isn't any way to describe all that's on this page and if you don't want to click all
the links, well you just might miss something interesting. Just sayin'
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Links:  
TRAINS multi page Trackside Guides  (Worth finding or purchasing back issues from TRAINS)
#1 Cincinnati Trains September 2002
#2 Portland, OR  December 2002
#3 Detroit Trains June 2003
#4 Omaha Trains September 2003
#5 Minneapolis - St. Paul  December 2003
Car/Train Accidents  Following is a link to: Google images of Car/Train accidents.  Now tell me something,
How many times did you see the train lose?  Moral: DON"T F**K WITH A TRAIN AT THE GRADE CROSSING.
Capish?