History Main / RailEnthusiast

16th May '16 11:44:33 AM ctempire
Is there an issue? Send a Message


In the United States, most media depictions of the ''railfan'' (sometimes also called a "trainspotter" on the East Coast, or [[CanisLatinicus "ferroequinologist"]] for "one who studies iron horses") involve model railroads, which were generally treated as a common and respectable hobby. It's more rarely depicted in recent years. Most portrayed tend to be older, and although respectable, it tends to be treated as SeriousBusiness for humor's sake. Traditional railfans--already referred to by railroad workers as ''foamers'', a term some have adopted [[TakeThatUs self-deprecatingly]]--have been massively hurt by post 9-11 changes where standing around bridges waiting to photograph trains is considered terrorist behavior.

to:

In the United States, most media depictions of the ''railfan'' (sometimes also called a "trainspotter" on the East Coast, or [[CanisLatinicus "ferroequinologist"]] for "one who studies iron horses") involve model railroads, which were generally treated as a common and respectable hobby. It's more rarely depicted in recent years. Most portrayed tend to be older, and although respectable, it tends to be treated as SeriousBusiness for humor's sake. Traditional railfans--already derisively referred to by railroad workers as ''foamers'', a term some have adopted [[TakeThatUs self-deprecatingly]]--have been massively hurt by post 9-11 changes where standing around bridges waiting to photograph trains is considered terrorist behavior.
28th Apr '16 9:28:22 AM HiddenWindshield
Is there an issue? Send a Message


In Japan, the most commonly depicted form is the ''densha otaku'' (not to be confused with [[Franchise/TrainMan Densha Otoko]]), also known as ''tetsuota'' (''tetsu'' is Japanese for "iron", and railroads in several languages are known as "iron roads": ''chemin de fer'' in French, ''ferrovia'' in Italian, ''rautatie'' in Finnish, ''Eisenbahn'' in German, ''Järnväg'' in Swedish, ''sikkat hadid'' in Arabic, ''железная дорога'' in Russian, ''σιδηρόδρομοι'' in Greek and ''tetsudo'' in the aforementioned Japanese[[note]]as in [[GalaxyExpress999 Ginga Tetsudo 999]][[/note]], among others), a species of {{otaku}} whose obsession is trains. This stereotype has much in common with the English trainspotter, being extremely geeky and socially awkward, and obsessed with their chosen subject. The Japanese version is more likely than the English one to be a keen photographer of railway subjects, and many depictions involve a big camera and lens. Japanese rail photography often concentrates on trains' heads, by the way.

to:

In Japan, the most commonly depicted form is the ''densha otaku'' (not to be confused with [[Franchise/TrainMan Densha Otoko]]), also known as ''tetsuota'' (''tetsu'' ''tetsuota''[[note]]after the "iron roads" trans travel on; ''tetsu'' is Japanese for "iron", and railroads in several languages are known as "iron roads": ''chemin de fer'' in French, ''ferrovia'' in Italian, ''rautatie'' in Finnish, ''Eisenbahn'' in German, ''Järnväg'' in Swedish, ''sikkat hadid'' in Arabic, ''железная дорога'' in Russian, ''σιδηρόδρομοι'' in Greek and ''tetsudo'' in the aforementioned Japanese[[note]]as in [[GalaxyExpress999 Ginga Tetsudo 999]][[/note]], among others), "iron"[[/note]], a species of {{otaku}} whose obsession is trains. This stereotype has much in common with the English trainspotter, being extremely geeky and socially awkward, and obsessed with their chosen subject. The Japanese version is more likely than the English one to be a keen photographer of railway subjects, and many depictions involve a big camera and lens. Japanese rail photography often concentrates on trains' heads, by the way.
15th Apr '16 1:54:27 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhc1hWXH5IM sketch]], supposedly an excerpt from the latest WestEnd hit "It All Happened on the 11:20 from Hainault to Red Hill via Horsham and Reigate, calling at Carshalton Beeches, Malmesbury, Tooting Bec and Croydon West". The characters all get involved in a murder mystery that gets solved by everyone having a nearly-encyclopedic knowledge of trains and train schedules. At the end of the sketch, we see the author, a Mr. Neville Shunt, [[CloudCuckoolander making train noises with his mouth and ringing a large bell while typing on a typewriter]].
** There's also the sketch about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgF_jwjJwys camel-spotting]].

to:

* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhc1hWXH5IM sketch]], sketch,]] supposedly an excerpt from the latest WestEnd hit "It All Happened on the 11:20 from Hainault to Red Hill via Horsham and Reigate, calling at Carshalton Beeches, Malmesbury, Tooting Bec and Croydon West". The characters all get involved in a murder mystery that gets solved by everyone having a nearly-encyclopedic knowledge of trains and train schedules. At the end of the sketch, we see the author, a Mr. Neville Shunt, [[CloudCuckoolander making train noises with his mouth and ringing a large bell while typing on a typewriter]].
** There's also the sketch about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgF_jwjJwys camel-spotting]].camel-spotting.]]
15th Apr '16 1:53:45 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Music/NeilYoung bought a model train company, and designed new control systems to allow his handicapped son to experience the full features of his model trains with just one [[http://www.lionel.com/products/ProductNavigator/_ProductImages_590/6-12890_49.jpg button]].

to:

* Music/NeilYoung bought a model train company, and designed new control systems to allow his handicapped son to experience the full features of his model trains with just one [[http://www.lionel.com/products/ProductNavigator/_ProductImages_590/6-12890_49.jpg button]].button.]]
15th Apr '16 1:53:22 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The kid in [[MaxAndDaveFleischer Play Safe]], leading to NightmareFuel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgyWhKlH78 when he gets a little to close to his beloved trains]].

to:

* The kid in [[MaxAndDaveFleischer Play Safe]], leading to NightmareFuel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgyWhKlH78 when he gets a little to close to his beloved trains]].trains.]]



* The [=F40PH=] locomotive, depicted in the page image, is a subject of MemeticMutation. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext For some odd reason]][[note]]weekly posting of trains have replaced weekly posting of furry artwork on [[{{Imageboards}} 4chan]][[/note]], it's common to post it coupled with the phrase "{{Yiff}} in hell, [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furfags]]!" on Image Boards. Also, [[BerserkButton don't call it a train]] in front of Rail Enthusiasts.

to:

* The [=F40PH=] locomotive, depicted in the page image, is a subject of MemeticMutation. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext For some odd reason]][[note]]weekly reason]],[[note]]weekly posting of trains have replaced weekly posting of furry artwork on [[{{Imageboards}} 4chan]][[/note]], 4chan,]][[/note]] it's common to post it coupled with the phrase "{{Yiff}} in hell, [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furfags]]!" on Image Boards. Also, [[BerserkButton don't call it a train]] in front of Rail Enthusiasts.
15th Apr '16 1:52:23 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The British indie rock band [[http://www.iliketrains.co.uk/ I Like Trains]].

to:

* The British indie rock band [[http://www.iliketrains.co.uk/ I Like Trains]].
Trains.]]
15th Apr '16 1:51:37 PM WillKeaton
Is there an issue? Send a Message


TheOtherWiki also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railfan article on this]].

to:

TheOtherWiki also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railfan article on this]].
this.]]
15th Apr '16 8:54:28 AM ImpudentInfidel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Numerous Rail Enthusiasts appear in ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', including established "geeky" characters Ponder Stibbons and Drumknott. Mostly in the context of trainspotting, but model railway sets also feature.

to:

** Numerous Rail Enthusiasts appear in ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', including established "geeky" characters Ponder Stibbons and Drumknott. Mostly in the context of trainspotting, but model railway sets also feature. A number of them show up for the first demo of the first engine, spotter notebooks in hand.
10th Mar '16 6:18:29 PM Roxor
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* A few of the bosses in ''Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell'' fit the trope, though given this is the BOFH, the conversations where it comes up portray said bosses as being pathetic for having such hobbies.
18th Feb '16 9:36:24 PM Cinereous
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* Haruka in ''Anime/ActiveRaid'' is a major railfan, regularly spending time at work sighing over pictures of trains and railroad tracks. [[http://i.imgur.com/QLnb3TZ.jpg She even gets up close and personal just to listen to the sounds of train compressors.]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 223. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.RailEnthusiast