Railroadfan Spring Meet 2017 - Rochelle IL 6/24-6/25

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Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:39 pm

So we never had a fall meet, what's the status on having a Spring meet?
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Re: Spring RRFan Meet???

Unread postby ~Z~ » Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:22 pm

Last spring meet for 2016 was Deshler area... spring 2017? We'll do a new spot for us.. Rochelle IL. You guys mentioned it a lot for this past fall and other years, so let's give it a try. Lets shoot for the first weekend in summer, June 24-25. I have some work travels in early June, so planning this gathering later in the month. Thank you Jeff L for mentioning the 18th is Fathers Day.
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Re: Spring RRFan Meet???

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:05 pm

Rochelle??? YAY!!!

I'm looking forward to it already!!! :D
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby BerkshireKid » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:28 pm

Brace yourselves for the "It's to far of a drive" posts.
I'll try to make it.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:30 am

BerkshireKid wrote:Brace yourselves for the "It's to far of a drive" posts.
I'll try to make it.


If you and I can make it, it's not too far. And Rochelle is an easy drive, at least from this end of Michigan.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:11 am

Can't we do it sooner while Saturnalia is still stuck in Da UP? :twisted: :lol:
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Saturnalia » Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:16 am

MQT1223 wrote:Can't we do it sooner while Saturnalia is still stuck in Da UP? :twisted: :lol:

I mean, unless you want it to be cold and crappy. We're done at the end of April...usually too early for this.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:10 am

Saturnalia wrote:
MQT1223 wrote:Can't we do it sooner while Saturnalia is still stuck in Da UP? :twisted: :lol:

I mean, unless you want it to be cold and crappy. We're done at the end of April...usually too early for this.


Then again, I don't want to miss BerkshireKid's shenanigans behind Alex like last year. :lol:
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:57 am

I wonder if anybody will be tossing rocks at low-flying targets again?

I'm assuming the town's horn ban includes collector editions?

I hope so... :roll:
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:27 pm

Why does it have to be Rochelle? Has basically every railfan hotspot been picked over? Why not Delray or something?
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:56 pm

MQT1223 wrote:Why not Delray or something?

You've obviously never been to a RRFan meet...

We've done Deshler so much because it's a perfect place with plenty of trains, an established park where neither the community nor the railroad would bother us, has a fire pit, and in general allows for railfans to mingle (and party) in peace and safety.

Delray doesn't fit that bill...like at all.

Rochelle is a bit under 4 hours from KGRR. Deshler is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Carpooling is a thing.

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You asked where the meet was going to be, so there it is. Good choice, something new, and something that fits the bill. :D
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:11 am

I know Rochelle has been brought up countless times, and this year will be my first meet.

What criteria does a location have to have to be a good meet location? Someone other then Saturnalia please...

Who says we have to go railfan freight trains? Why not ride a passenger train or chase an excursion?
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Ypsi » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:11 am

MQT1223 wrote:Why not Delray or something?

I assume you've never been to or seen delray outside of photos/ videos. Delray is a fine spot for a couple people.. but it wouldn't want and can't really have a large group there. No parking, it's dirty, and the area doesn't include many close food/ restroom options at all. I enjoy delray, but I wouldn't send a group of people there.

MQT1223 wrote:Who says we have to go railfan freight trains? Why not ride a passenger train or chase an excursion?

Admin says Amtrak trains aren't trains so that how it be. Also that kind of defeats the purpose of meeting and chatting. For a railfanning meet you really want a place where you can sit and talk instead of have to be moving, chasing, or setting up shots for an excursion/ chase. It should be a relaxed gathering with chances to catch up.. trains are normally secondary from what I have seen in meet reports.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Jetlink » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:00 pm

Agree with the above. The meets are about 70% social and 30% about the trains. Most of us want to meet, hang out, and catch up primarily. The trains just provide the back drop. Having a place to easily park and relax as well as nearby facilities and food makes a good location for a meet. Of course you need some decent amounts of rail traffic too. That's what I appreciate about this website the most. We actually go out an see each other in person instead of just continually insulting each other online. Once you meet someone in person you a have a little more empathy for them. Sounds like Rochelle should have all of that.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby Evan » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:29 am

The few times I have been to Delray, I watched many drug deals go down. That doesn't bother me really, as long as you don't stare the people down or make yourself out to be suspicious. I've only been to Rochelle once. Train traffic was what I expected (I was there about a month before the Signals got cut over and the horn ban took effect). The shots are pretty bland (pretty well done by everyone and not many that haven't been done). However, Cortland still has the older style CNW signals (if they are your forte). Nelson also has a bridge of signals as well as an old coaling tower.

Now -- Just an idea to toss around, maybe consider Port Huron? Fairly local, there's a platform for foaming, boats and other neat stuff around there. I think the PH&D society guys are still by the depot area, so that could be something to check out too. Just a thought.
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Unread postby AARR » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:13 pm

I'd go if it's in PH. Maybe even ride my bike (40 miles one way) 8)
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby atrainguy60 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:42 pm

Jetlink wrote:The meets are about 70% social and 30% about the trains.


If that's the case, then Durand could still be considered a good meeting spot. It may not be the busiest in the area, but it seems to me it's a good spot right in the middle of the state, not too far from people on both the west side and the east side, and right by those in the middle. It's got the ATCS up at the depot in the window for people sitting by the tracks outside. When I go on Thursday's or Friday's, it usually get's busy from about 2pm to 5pm/6pm with a few eastbounds and 1-2 westbounds and 451 coming north up the Holly (there's also the HESR and GLC, but I'm guessing they won't show up on the weekend when the meet would presumably take place; there is also usually an westbound or two in the mid morning). I can't speak for the weekend though I haven't really rail fanned Durand on those days, other than I'm pretty sure the short lines don't run on those days aside from extra grain and coal trains.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby AARR » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:06 pm

I was thinking the same thing as atrain. I'd go to Durand too.
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Jetlink wrote:The meets are about 70% social and 30% about the trains.


If that's the case, then Durand could still be considered a good meeting spot.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby PereMarquette1223 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:47 pm

So what I'm hearing is train traffic doesn't matter at this point then.

Holly, Michigan has plenty of space to meet, the Saginaw and Holly Subs and is in close proximity to everything food wise.

Plenty of nice places that lack serious train traffic over on the other side but still have trains with plenty of meeting areas.
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Re: Spring 2017 RRFan Meet???

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:53 pm

Not true. While the social aspect may make up 70% of what constitutes a "good meet", and trains the other 30%, there is still a criteria. Traffic very much matters, the whole point of everyone traveling a long distance to meet up is to enjoy each other's company and watch a good number of trains. Durand and Port Huron, while good places to sit, do not meet that criteria.
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