The Gregarious Railfan
Floobydust*
* Floobydust is electronics slang. It basically means ‘miscellaneous’.
Special Trains:
These trains are all/were 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.
Unit Trains;  a partial list:
Coal   
Ethanol & Crude Oil   
Refrigerated produce and processed food
Garbage (honest!)   x
Stone and aggregates   
Molten Steel
Finished coiled steel   
Radioactive waste  
National Guard and DoD trains   
last update or addition 5/6/2018    
Schnabel Cars the largest cars on the rails   

Links:   
Schnabel Cars - Southern Railfan     
Schnabel Car - Wikipedia   
Picture Ciurtesy of Todd Sestero
RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
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
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'
Links:  
American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners   
Railroad Passenger Car Alliance   
Private Varnish on Amtrak   
An Introduction to Private Passenger Cars   

Pictures:   









These pictures are from the Private Varnish page of Passenger_Car_Photos.com. They are just a sampling.  More photos can be seen
at that Website. <
Clik here>
TRAINS multi page Trackside Guides  (Worth finding or purchasing back issues from TRAINS)
#1 Cincinnati TRAINS September 2002
#2 Portland, OR  TRAINS December 2002
#3 Detroit TRAINS June 2003
#4 Omaha TRAINS September 2003
#5 Minneapolis - St. Paul  TRAINS 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.   
The Hippest Train in America                                
                          click on images to enlarge
My top 10 Railfan Locations,  (limited to only those locations I've been)   

the Mark Twain Zephyr Trainset is for sale.  <Here>
An oddity from the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago: