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What does the Term RailFan means and what are the activities of Railfans ?  
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Dec 12 2015 (00:08)

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What does the Term RailFan means and what are the activities of Railfans ?

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Dec 11 2015 (23:56)
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=========== Detailed Discussion about the Term "Rail Fan" and the hobby "Rail Fanning" ==========
I am a Rail Fan since the year 1990 when I was a kid. Then many ups and downs in my life but this hobby of mine is always saved from any influence.
Now what does the term "Rail Fan" means ? This BLOG is dedicated for the answer of this question.
Particular BLOG give you a "Detailed Explanation" about the Term "Rail Fan" also known as Feroquinologist and the activities associated with Rail Fanning.
Definition of Rail Fan:
A railfan, rail buff or train buff (American English), railway enthusiast or railway buff (Australian/British English), or trainspotter or anorak (British English), is a person interested in a recreational capacity in rail transport.Railfans of many ages can be found worldwide. Railfans often combine their interest with other hobbies, especially photography and videography, radio scanning, model railroading, studying railroad history and participating in train station and rolling stock preservation efforts. Magazines dedicated to railfanning include Trains and Railfan & Railroad.
Other Names used to identify Rail Fan:
The term metrophile is used by some to identify a railfan with a particular interest in metro (subway, underground) systems. The study of railways, or a general interest in them as a hobby, is sometimes jocularly known as "ferroequinology" (literally, "study of iron horses").In the UK, railfans are sometimes called trainspotters or anoraks. The term gricer has been used in the UK since at least 1969, and is "Said to have been current in 1938 amongst members of the Manchester Locomotive Society", according to the Oxford English Dictionary. There has been speculation that the term derives from "grouser", one who collects dead grouse after a shoot, but other etymologies have also been suggested.In Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, however, the term Gricer has become increasingly popular within the Railway Enthusiast Community, with Griceling being used for younger enthusiasts.In Australia, they are sometimes referred to as "gunzels".For the avoidance of doubt, the term does not extend to an interest in trams.
Activities of Rail Fan:
The hobby extends to all aspects of rail transport systems. Railfans may have one or more particular concentrations of interest, such as:
Railway locomotives and rolling stock
Still-used or disused railroad lines, bridges, tunnels, stations, and other infrastructure
Subways and other local rail transit systems
Railway history
Railroad photography
Railway signalling
Rail transport modelling (traditional, physical) — V-scale modelling
Collection of railway artifacts, in particular: tickets, timetables, railway paper, number plates, builders' plates, railway crockery. It should be noted that many items such as timetables and railway paper (i.e. internal railway documents) are collected for study and not just as collectibles. There are many retailers and auction houses specializing in such material, both those with street premises and those only on-line.
Railway art or architecture
Railway operations, economics or commerce
Railway preservation/restoration
Level junction. This is where the railfan can be interested also in the railroad or "grade" crossing signals.
Monitoring railroad radio communications with a radio scanner.
Indeed, the scope of the subject is so large that fans may additionally concentrate their interest on a particular country, town, operating company, field of operations, or era in history – or a combination of any of the above.
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Attached Images:
Railfan photographing a Caltrain service in the United States
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Railfans taking groups photos at the Philippine National Railways (PNR) train in Manila
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Railfans on a 1939 camera excursion train in Ohio, USA
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A WAG-5 in Araku Valley near Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India, a paradise for trainspotters
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A brakeman's lantern from the Chicago and North Western Railway.
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Hope this BLOG will help you to know the Term "Rail Fan" & the hobby "Rail Fanning" in a very detailed manner
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