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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby Mattydred » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:43 pm

Let's not forget former race car driver and TV sports analyst Sam Posey. He loves trains so much, he wrote a book about them and his basement layout in Connecticut-Playing with Trains. He's a very capable writer as well, the book being more of a confessional than a how-to. I find it amusing a racer would be into trains at all.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby steamal » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:20 pm

Mattydred, I don't know for a fact, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out F.E. and F.O. Stanley (of Stanley Steamer fame) were railfans.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby Jtgshu » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:04 pm

Kamen Rider wrote:Rod Stewart has been quoted as rather being in Model Railroader than on the cover of Rolling Stone. He's got atleast two layouts; one in his LA home of the NYC and PRR in the 1940's, and one in his home near London of the East Coast Main.


Rumor has it that when he was filming the video of "Downtown Train" in Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, NJ on NJTransit, he was quite interested in the railroad itself and was doing a little "buffing" while he was there. He was also hanging off the Jersey Arrow like a pro in the video - hahhaa
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby daylight4449 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:15 am

GSC wrote:No one mentioned Ross Rowland. As far as the general public is concerned, he is known for establishing the American Freedom Train in 1976. We "enthusiasts" know of quite a few of his other endeavors.

Edgar T. Meade wrote several books on narrow gauge railroads around the world.

Ross Rowland is one of my idols (along with JJJ and Doyle McCormack). I wish i could have the chance to meet him. Patrick Stewart as a railfan, and Kevin Kostner owning a steam locomotive? Not impossible, seeing John Travolta is a huge aircraft fanatic.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby daylight4449 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:17 am

Wait, Barry Burbank is a railfan? Sweet. All i need to do is run into him at the steaming tender...
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby daylight4449 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:18 am

Mattydred wrote:Let's not forget former race car driver and TV sports analyst Sam Posey. He loves trains so much, he wrote a book about them and his basement layout in Connecticut-Playing with Trains. He's a very capable writer as well, the book being more of a confessional than a how-to. I find it amusing a racer would be into trains at all.

I read that book. Very good way to chronicle one's modeling exploits.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby chucksc » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:36 pm

Also don't forget that the "chunky" Mafiosa who was Tony's brother in law on the Supranos....
There were some great layout shots in several of the episodes (I think the layout was in the garage) and I believe he was assasinated in a train store in one of the final episodes...
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby JasW » Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:19 pm

chucksc wrote:Also don't forget that the "chunky" Mafiosa who was Tony's brother in law on the Supranos....
There were some great layout shots in several of the episodes (I think the layout was in the garage) and I believe he was assasinated in a train store in one of the final episodes...


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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby Patrick Boylan » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:50 am

steamal wrote:
3rdrail wrote:The late Tom Snyder was a fan and ran a Lionel layout.


Really? I never knew! Now I wish I had known!

3rdrail wrote:Yes, he was a big buff and had a good sized layout. Here he is talking with Mandy Patinkin about their layouts. Mandy continues to be a big buff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RTcaJmoYLI

Thank you JasW, chucksc, daylight4449 for resurrecting this thread, otherwise I probably would not have clicked on it. Thank you also 3rdrail for that link to a fantastic video. Folks, it's less than 10 minutes long and well worth the time investment. I urge you all to watch it.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby 3rdrail » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:54 am

You're entirely welcome, Patrick. You watch that video and get the feeling that these men are your friends. A couple of good guys there.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby daylight4449 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:26 am

Patrick Boylan wrote:
steamal wrote:
3rdrail wrote:The late Tom Snyder was a fan and ran a Lionel layout.


Really? I never knew! Now I wish I had known!

3rdrail wrote:Yes, he was a big buff and had a good sized layout. Here he is talking with Mandy Patinkin about their layouts. Mandy continues to be a big buff.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RTcaJmoYLI

Thank you JasW, chucksc, daylight4449 for resurrecting this thread, otherwise I probably would not have clicked on it. Thank you also 3rdrail for that link to a fantastic video. Folks, it's less than 10 minutes long and well worth the time investment. I urge you all to watch it.

Just glad to help. I'll watch that video right now. Waiting for Itunes to update while i'm typing this.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby David Benton » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:45 pm

how did we miss Neil Young ???
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby daylight4449 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:16 pm

David Benton wrote:how did we miss Neil Young ???
http://youtu.be/1UENULIH0Ks

Thats some impressive stuff.
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Re: Famous Railfans?

Postby David Benton » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:27 pm

gives me something to aspire to as a dad to be . Won't be lionel though .
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Postby Aa3rt » Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:53 am

emd_SD_60 wrote:Michael Gross, the dad on "Family Ties" is a railfan also. If i'm not mistaken, he's always on those infomercials late at night promoting some sort of train videos. :wink:


The Fall 2011 issue of Classic Trains contains an article by Michael Gross detailing his employment with the Chicago & North Western in the summer of 1967 as an extra board fireman on the Wisconsin Division. Gross had roots in railroading as he mentions in the article that his grandfather was employed by the Santa Fe for 56 years and his great-grandfather had been a boilermaker with the Santa Fe and the Burlington.

On the first page of the article there's a photo from 1967 of Gross in a locomotive cab, bearing little resemblance to the personality that many of us know from television and movies.
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