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Military Railfans

Postby steamer69 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:31 pm

We have started to discover that a lot of us are either currently in, or are vets. I was just interested to see exactly how many of us there are. (in a neutral environment....lol) If you would like to sound off, please do.


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P.S. If the moderators need to move this, it's all good, wasn't sure where to put it.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby Dave D » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:45 pm

Navy 58-62, Army 62-65, Army National Guard 81-96 (SSG E-6)

Have loved railroading since I can remember. My mother would take me down to the Melrose station were it was always " one more train mom, one more". Unfortunately there are no more freight trains on this line (with the exception of last years detours from the floods). However; I can still look down the track and remember an 0-6-0 coming out of Oak Grove (Malden) and delivering cars to the West Foster sidings.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby Ocala Mike » Thu Mar 29, 2012 9:48 pm

USAF Communications Officer (Capt.), 1964-1968. On an assigment to Republic of Korea, 1966-1967, did a lot of railriding behind steam, Seoul to Taejon and Taegu. Also rode the pre-Amtrak L&N between New Orleans and Gulfport, MS a few times while stationed at Keesler AFB, 1965-1966.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby arcadia terminal » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:25 am

Massachusetts National Guard E-7 Retired, 1969 to 1989
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby steamer69 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:26 am

Thanks Guys!

I know there are more of us than that though.....(cough cough, Cosmo, Mike(trainnut), Jeff).....Welcome to the "club" Mikem, Dave, Arcadia and thanks for your service!
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby Mikejf » Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:22 pm

US Army Engineer 88 to 96. Tours in several locations, Hondouras, Korea, Somalia (twice). Fought fires in Idaho, built roads in New Mexico along the border of Mexico, cleaned up after Hurricane Andrew, and countless other smaller projects that I have worked on. Also got pretty well skilled at digging Tank Defilades.

I was able to railfan in Many countries, and many states because of my service. Very greatfull for the opportunities that I had. Proud to have served, even if only in the construction side of things.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby 7nqb00 » Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:54 pm

Retired Major-USAR. Long time railfan & modeler
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby F3A » Sat Mar 31, 2012 6:11 pm

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Re: Military Railfans

Postby Aa3rt » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:57 pm

USCG 1974-1978 Sonar technician aboard the USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721) homeported at Governors Island, NY.

USCGR 1985-1993 Electronics tech assigned to the Group Baltimore electronics shop.

Used to watch the operations of the New York Dock Railway from the flying bridge of the Gallatin when the cutter was in port, the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay (Baltimore) was near the location of the former Striegel (SP?) Railroad Supply and had a former B&O (Now CSX) branch crossing Curtis Creek.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby steamer69 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:37 pm

It's great to see how many of us are on here! Keep it coming everyone, and thanks for your service.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby JBConn » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:43 am

USN 1981-1989
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby JB283 » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:05 pm

US ARMY 2002 - 2006 M1A1 Abrams Driver.
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Deployed for OIF 1 2003 - 2004 Iraq

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Re: Military Railfans

Postby steamer69 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:00 am

I was in the sand box right after you were JB, I was there for OIF 05
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby SemperFidelis » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:33 pm

United States Army (Artillery) 1995-1997
United States Marine Corps (Rifleman...) 1997-2001
Israeli Defense Forces 2002-2003

Checked out the rail operations on every base I've ever been aboard. Sad to say that most of those were nothing more than weed-choked, pavement-covered remnants of what once was.

Proud father of two (2) future soldiers or Marines, both of whom are incredibly avid railfans.

Owner of company that supports many (formerly) nearly abandoned portions of the rail industry through the manufacturing of "frac sand" for oil and gas extraction.
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Re: Military Railfans

Postby markffisch » Sat Apr 14, 2012 12:02 pm

US Navy 1978 to 1982
US Navy Reserve 1982 to 1985

My son is currently active duty US Navy as well.

I still remember my first ride -- my grandmother took me from New Brunswick to Elizabeth. We had lunch at Woolworths and came back. Next memorable trip was going solo, taking the train into Penn Station and changing to the LIRR to get to the Navy recruiting office in Garden City.
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