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@ J T « Thu 10:48:24 am »
Knowing the roads would be the most important...what shortcuts to take, how to get around the train so you’re not stuck waiting for it, etc.
@ J T « Thu 10:46:17 am »
David Collins wrote: Are trains on the Grand Rapids subdivision at all chaseable?
Depends on the direction of the train, the size of the train, the type of train, etc. Also depends on how frequently you want to photograph the train and how well you know the roads, not to mention how willing you are to exceed the speed limit.
@ Jetlink « Thu 10:23:09 am »
I would say you can chase trains on the GR subdivion. You just have to be strategic and/or plan your encounters farther apart. Also the scanner is very much your friend. And not an online scanner. A real hand held one.
@ Jetlink « Thu 10:21:30 am »
Live waking up in Nashville, Tennessee today
@ Jetlink « Thu 10:21:13 am »
@ ~Z~ « Thu 9:53:52 am »
chasing from say Saugatuck area down to Hartford isn’t the easiest, unless you hop on the highway or drive like JT :) Other sections you can get ahead of them easier. Not like chasing a 10-20mph shortline train, that’s for sure.
@ David Collins « Thu 9:52:19 am »
for the longest time some of my non-railfan friends thought chasing trains meant chasing them on foot for some reason 🗿
@ David Collins « Thu 9:51:48 am »
@ GRHC « Thu 9:48:35 am »
David Collins wrote: Are trains on the Grand Rapids subdivision at all chaseable?
that depends on if you’re chasing them on foot or if you’re in a vehicle if you’re on foot you’re SOL if you’re in a vehicle yeah I think you could.
@ David Collins « Thu 9:18:53 am »
Are trains on the Grand Rapids subdivision at all chaseable?
@ AARR « Thu 6:53:04 am »
@ ~Z~ « Thu 6:14:48 am »
awaken with thee
@ joeyuboats « Thu 12:58:53 am »
has started a new topic: The Famous Flying Diesel Corp.
@ Jeff L « Thu 12:00:19 am »
@ KenB « Wed 7:37:58 pm »
has started a new topic: Michigan Railroad Club
@ LansingRailFan « Wed 7:13:33 pm »
has started a new topic: BCOL cowl to museum
@ SecondCreek « Wed 6:19:29 pm »
has started a new topic: Traverse City Railroad Questions
@ ~Z~ « Wed 4:56:12 pm »
i hear you on that one JT. Fell near the end of the season in track as I was tripped from behind when running during practice. Skid on the rough track surface, both knees and hands were bleeding bad. So not just the running joint pain, but skin skids too :)
@ David Collins « Wed 3:16:26 pm »
@ J T « Wed 3:11:13 pm »
cycling >>>> running for the knees
@ David Collins « Wed 1:00:01 pm »
Managed to catch E251 ✅
@ David Collins « Wed 12:20:57 pm »
Live from Moterm in hopes of catching a train while I’m home…
@ Jetlink « Wed 11:28:07 am »
Running is a great excersize. Unlike cycling, it is load bearing. So very good for you.
@ Jetlink « Wed 11:27:35 am »
I was never a runner. SomehowI think I have what it takes to be a distance runner. But may never know.
@ AARR « Wed 11:20:33 am »
That’s cool guys
@ David Collins « Wed 9:31:53 am »
did track in 6th/7th grade too, never have been a distance runner myself so I ran the 70 and 100m dashes
@ ~Z~ « Wed 9:30:15 am »
sort of. Ran track and field in 6th and 7th grade, 1/2 mile run was the main one I did. Then got into tennis in 8th grade and did that instead.
@ AARR « Wed 9:25:38 am »
Those are good times. Were you ever a runner?
~Z~ wrote: he ran in 13:38. Previous was 14:06.
@ GP30M4216 « Wed 9:09:16 am »
NS OCS EB on the water level route today, just passed Elkhart depot
@ jrgerber « Wed 8:31:04 am »
has started a new topic: Keokuk Junction CRISI Grant
@ ~Z~ « Wed 8:12:20 am »
he ran in 13:38. Previous was 14:06. This last run was at a golf course up in Gowen MI. Usually it's at a school with ample parking lot spaces, but they directed everyone to park out off the fairways on the course grounds. Some hilly terrain to run, some single track, cool place. Golf course ran along the old PM Railroad ROW between Greenville and Howard City.
@ AARR « Wed 7:56:48 am »
What was their time?
~Z~ wrote:kiddo after cross country run, new personal best time for the 2 mile.
@ AARR « Wed 7:54:21 am »
@ AARR « Wed 6:35:29 am »
@ Jetlink « Wed 2:46:17 am »
live from Salt Lake City....
@ Jeff L « Wed 12:00:01 am »
@ ~Z~ « Tue 8:13:16 pm »
Rockford taco Bell refueled kiddo after cross country run, new personal best time for the 2 mile.
@ David Collins « Tue 6:17:54 pm »
has started a new topic: Op-Ed: Passenger rail in Michigan
@ David Collins « Tue 10:49:14 am »
DaveO wrote: unless you’re in ohio with a michigan license plate
@ DaveO « Tue 10:47:26 am »
@ ~Z~ « Tue 10:46:34 am »
@ ~Z~ « Tue 10:46:23 am »
Sammy Hagar’s I can’t Drive 55 .. i do have hard time not hitting the gas harder if this song pops on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvV3nn_de2k
@ DaveO « Tue 10:40:48 am »
unless you’re in ohio with a michigan license plate
@ Jetlink « Tue 8:10:12 am »
Isn’t the speed limit always optional? At least for a few more years.
@ David Collins « Tue 7:55:41 am »
My friend just came up with a genius rule, when the guitar solo from Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd plays, the speed limit becomes optional :lol:
@ AARR « Tue 6:38:56 am »
@ GRHC « Tue 5:44:30 am »
~Z~ wrote: nevermind indeed GRHC.
I was tracking a helicopter and provided a link so others could track it but then it landed at the airport so I wrote never mind. It had nothing to do the fact that you edited and then removed one of my post. I think that’s what you thought I was referring to but I could be wrong.
@ Jeff L « Tue 12:01:32 am »
@ Jetlink « Mon 11:49:57 pm »
Bikey complete. 16? Miles total maybe.
@ ~Z~ « Mon 8:48:44 pm »
nevermind indeed GRHC.
@ David Collins « Mon 7:30:25 pm »
Just learned that the place we’re staying at for my dad’s 60th birthday is a mere mile away from the GR Subdivision :)
@ Jetlink « Mon 6:57:03 pm »
Also worked at making tomato sauce and canning tomatoes today
@ Jetlink « Mon 6:56:03 pm »
Hopefully bikey when I get home
@ Jetlink « Mon 6:55:53 pm »
Live from a random soccer practice scrimmage
@ GRHC « Mon 6:06:13 pm »
Never mind.
@ Andy24 « Mon 4:17:33 pm »
~Z~ wrote: have you not see some of the youtubers who start their video a good couple minutes before the train is seen, before a horn or engine sound is heard? well, at least before I hear it :)
the 129th Ave crossing, I was having trouble finding the angle to start recording if I waited a bit longer for the train 😕
@ Andy24 « Mon 4:16:20 pm »
~Z~ wrote: to each their own Andy. If I’m going to be at a crossing for 45 mins waiting on a train, much rather use a lightly used road than a busier one and be getting honked at, doesn’t sound peaceful :)
I have to thank the cars for giving a cool breeze while I waited for 45 minutes tho
@ J T « Mon 4:01:48 pm »
SD80MAC wrote:
Andy24 wrote: But I do enjoy filming right when the train is within view of me
maybe I’m not getting it but, when else would you be filming, other than when the train was in view?
@ GRHC « Mon 3:15:01 pm »
I wish there were a better train watching hotspot on the weekends closer to where I live unfortunately there’s not. So I would definitely have to travel a ways in order to go to one of those gatherings. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time in the summer to do a whole lot of anything but work. Oh and that reminds me this needs to be brought to peoples attention. 😏

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