Rampaging railfans...

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by doctorwayne, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    It looks like the situation with railfans is really getting out of hand, as these photos, taken at the Kiski Junction RR, in Schenley, PA. illustrate. (The photos were taken from the fan's confiscated camera.)

    While KJRR GM Charlie Bowyer walks ahead to throw a switch, an intrepid railfan hopped aboard the track inspection vehicle, brazenly snapping this photo:

    He even managed to get this shot...

    ....before being unceremoniously ejected from the car while attempting another photo....

    At least the walk back to Schenley offered additional scenic views of the Kiski River:

    The next day, undeterred, the out-of-control rail buff returned, hopping aboard the line's well maintained S-1 diesel locomotive as it departed Schenley, with empties for the Allegeny Ludlum plant at Bagdad, PA.:

    Wanting neither to leave the controls, nor to provoke an incident, Marty, the engineer, agreed to pose for a photo:

    But, seconds later, the rogue railfan wrested the throttle from his grasp....

    Fortunately, Charlie, the GM, managed to enter the cab, and with Marty's help, was able to subdue the maniacal fan and gain control of the runaway loco:

    With the day's work done, the crazed fan was turned over to authorities, who later learned that he was a foreigner, who had somehow managed to slip by local security forces.
    He's currently being held in a state correctional facility, with this view of the Norfolk Southern line:

    To paraphrase an old safety adage, "Expect a railfan, on any track, at any time, and in any direction."

  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Nice pics!
    Did you...uh...uh....I mean....did the railfan get his camera back?
  3. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Cool pics!! :mrgreen: the second picture is my favorite one, that just looks so cool with all the fall leaves... :thumb: :cool: :mrgreen:
  4. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    WOW! That is one PAMPERED S-1. Glad to see one like that, especially in regular service. I used to look for reasons to Bad Order our SW1200 each night so we could grab the S-4 or S-1 when I worked at ST&E.

    In fact, we all did.
  5. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    BTW, I'm now intrigued, do you have any photos of the outside of the inspection vehicle? Looks like Ford Truck mirrors on it?
  6. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    I thought that I had pictures of the exterior: the "authorities" must've erased them. ;) Charlie can probably supply some photos, but you're pretty observant regarding those mirrors: if I recall correctly, power is from a Ford straight 6, so there are probably other Ford parts in use.

    Just to clarify things: While some railfans do get careless and out-of-control, those that keep safety in mind are, I'm sure, welcome at the Kiski Junction. Charlie and his entire crew were extremely accommodating and hospitable, and I'll most certainly return next year (providing I can slip by "security" again ;)).
    Here's a LINK to some more info.

  7. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    That is the nicest trimmed S1 cab I've ever seen! Was the hogger's seat overstuffed leather? Where's the hot tub? :D
  8. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Rail fanners like that should be kept longer in custody....Just to prevent repeat "offenses"...:eek:

    Wood paneling in the cab of an S1..?? At what time does the stewardess make her rounds..?:mrgreen:
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I was looking for railfans in the figures section of the LHS.
    Closest I got was a set of ex-railfans wearing black-and-white stripes.
  10. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Wow! Someone modeled the crowd I railfan with:

    http://www.blmamodels.com/images/store/4900a.jpg sign1

  11. CCT70

    CCT70 Member

    Laguna Nigel, down on the Southern California Coast (Beach Community, where you WANT the ladies down there mooning you).

    HILLARIOUS to come through there working a train. Most of our trains "self" issued Track Bulletin Form "A"'s through there the one year I was working down there for Amtrak. Much fun, much fun.
  12. CCT70

    CCT70 Member


    Hey! Isn't Josh from Laguna Nigel?

    "Scuse me Son, can you account for your whereabouts on the afternoon of July 10th, 2008". [​IMG]
  13. cn nutbar

    cn nutbar Member

    That's great :mrgreen:---now my wife realizes I'm not the only train-nut to make an ass of him/her self---I'll have to join Doctor Wayne next time and show you where real Canadian back-bacon comes from :twisted:
  14. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    LMAO i am from the area. I dont live in Laguna Nigel, im in Rancho Santa Margarita, which is only a few miles away, but i do know that the mooning occurs once a year LOL and its ALWAYS all over the news here the day it happens. i first heard about it a few years ago i think, but apparently its been going on FOR A LONG TIME lol and the next date of the anual mooning is July 11th, 2009 :eek: :twisted:

    I was prolly with my girlfriend (seems i was with her everyday of the summer :mrgreen:) on the day of the famous Amtrak Mooning, i dont member for sure, but i know i wasnt at the "event" :mrgreen:

    It would sure be a sight to see for a passanger aboard the train tho lol
  15. DeckRoid

    DeckRoid Member

    Hey, I ordered those last week! Although I model Autumn '54, I think some kids might be lurking the bushes ready to moon the Mainstreeter...

    And Doc, I hope that Charlie & Marty didn't rough you...er... the Rapant Fan up too much....

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