History Main / RailEnthusiast

8th Jul '17 9:24:43 AM nombretomado
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TheOtherWiki also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railfan article on this.]]

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TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki also has an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railfan article on this.]]
10th May '17 4:26:35 AM Fallingwater
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Someone obsessed with trains and railways, sometimes to an unhealthy degree, {{otaku}}-like. This is a type especially common in British and Japanese fictional works, which makes sense since both nations in real life have a high population of such enthusiasts. The United States and Germany have a lot of such enthusiasts as well, as do most other European nations, but generally with fewer depictions in popular media.

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Someone obsessed with trains and railways, sometimes to an unhealthy degree, {{otaku}}-like.unhealthy, {{otaku}}-like degree. This is a type especially common in British and Japanese fictional works, which makes sense since both nations in real life have a high population of such enthusiasts. The United States and Germany have a lot of such enthusiasts as well, as do most other European nations, but generally with fewer depictions in popular media.
29th Apr '17 10:20:06 AM nombretomado
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* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', a series about trains, probably has a few examples within the cast but might well have been the starting point for a lot of railfans. For that matter, its popularity with autistic and Asperger's children overlaps, with some social workers noting that a lot of rail enthusiasts are also autistic or have Asperger's.

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* ''ThomasTheTankEngine'', ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', a series about trains, probably has a few examples within the cast but might well have been the starting point for a lot of railfans. For that matter, its popularity with autistic and Asperger's children overlaps, with some social workers noting that a lot of rail enthusiasts are also autistic or have Asperger's.



* DonaldDuck in the short "Out of Scale", which was inspired by Creator/WaltDisney's own love of trains.

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* DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck in the short "Out of Scale", which was inspired by Creator/WaltDisney's own love of trains.
24th Mar '17 5:50:56 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheTunnel'': A young man who knows the sounds of different trains is called in to help them locate where an elderly kidnapping victim has been held from those recorded going past.
28th Jan '17 4:27:12 AM StarTropes
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* One clip on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' was filmed by an enthusiast who was so excited that at least one commentator speculated about [[JizzedInMyPants what else he was doing]].
26th Jan '17 2:42:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Flodder}}'': Grandpa is fond of railways, collects train models, and even wears a train conductor's uniform as his standard outfit. This proves fatal when he goes up to a railway for sightseeing by himself and his wheelchair gets stuck on the tracks. Then his relatives discover that he left a fortune of old coins inside his model trains.
25th Jan '17 4:37:57 PM jormis29
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* Emmett Ray, protagonist of Sweet And Lowdown, has this as one of his alienating personality quirks.

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* Emmett Ray, protagonist of Sweet And Lowdown, ''Film/SweetAndLowdown'', has this as one of his alienating personality quirks.
11th Dec '16 8:46:33 PM dmcreif
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* ''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]].

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' did a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhc1hWXH5IM sketch,]] supposedly an excerpt from the latest WestEnd West End hit "It ''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".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]].
22nd Nov '16 12:30:40 PM Jhonny
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* Wikivoyage of course also has [[https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Travel_for_rail_enthusiasts an article]] on the travel aspects of railfanning.
22nd Nov '16 7:13:48 AM TheBigBopper
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[[caption-width-right:350:The American Rail Enthusiast in their natural habitat]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[caption-width-right:350:Some American Rail Enthusiast Enthusiasts in their natural habitat]]
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