Here are pictures from wherever and whenever.  Some may interest you, most probably won't :-)

Non-Train Stuff


A few shots of an NS freight passing a U.S. DOT track car in Manassas VA, August 22, 2005

A SB VRE commuter train in Alexandria VA, August 22, 2005

A few shots of New Haven freights in Queens, New York City, about a mile and a half from Hell Gate bridge.  The middle picture shows southbound E-33's in 10/68 - a year later they were gone as evidenced in the bottom picture.  These pictures were taken when I was in my teens when I would stay with my grandparents over the summer.  Nice view from the sixth floor of the apartment building - trains, planes, and subways!  These are scans of Instamatic pictures.  If I had snapped the first one a second earlier, you would have had a better shot of the semaphore the E-33 just passed, dang......

Gallitzin PA - At the Horseshoe Curve helper facility

Marietta GA - Georgia Northeastern #9708 and #316 leaving the yard for the mainline.

Eastbound Amtrak heading down Horseshoe Curve into Altoona.

Pennsy GP-9 #7048 on display at Horseshoe Curve.

A westbound Norfolk Southern freight with Conrail engines climbing Horseshoe Curve.

New Castle PA - New Castle Industrial #4094 in the shops and doing the local thing.

New Castle PA - A couple of heavy weight transformer cars

On the east side of Kokomo IN

South of Waterloo IA - After an hour of waiting in 12" of snow with tennies on, and it's nearly dark.....

Union Bridge MD - A Maryland Midland freight

Downtown Roanoke VA - we're in NS territory

Relay MD - EB CSX freight at the St Denis commuter station

Hagerstown MD - an EB CSX freight

Berea OH - THE Railfan spot of Cleveland area where both CSX and NS are easy to shoot....

Roanoke VA - An NS freight with a BNSF GE on the lead

Rosenburg TX - a WB BNSF freight.

Houston TX

Baltimore MD - Pictures at the Martins MARC station


Last day of operation before the double tracking project started on the north end.  Bottom photo by John Buxton, that's me off to the left.

Philadelphia PA - SEPTA streetcar near the 69th St terminal.

Houston TX Light Rail

Three of the Minneapolis MN Light Rail System

Non-Train Stuff

This is one of my all time favorite photos.  It's from the Hubble, and every spec of light is a galaxy, there are no stars in the picture!  More pictures Here

The Mason's Washington Monument in Alexandria VA / 082205

This is the "big chicken" on Cobb Pkwy in Marietta GA. It almost got torn down in a remodeling of the KFC, but the locals prevailed and kept the landmark. The eyes and beak move.

The water tower on the left is along I85 in Gaffney SC.... Pretty cool, huh?  The smiley face is on I-75 above Flint MI!!!

Downtown Atlanta skyline at dusk and a couple of buildings at night that decorate the Atlanta skyline, the one on the left is particularly neat.

A couple of cars seen on the highway in North Carolina that you probably want to avoid.... I stayed away from the one on the left, figuring he wouldn't have insurance to cover my truck if he hit it - he was on the cellphone and not paying much attention to his driving, probably why his car is the way it is!


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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