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Do you...erm...train spot?

  • Yes

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • No

    Votes: 5 33.3%
  • WTF?

    Votes: 9 60.0%
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So...yeah. I've found what may be considered the goofiest hobby ever.

"Train spotting is a pastime practised largely in the United Kingdom (and possibly elsewhere) in which enthusiasts spend time at railway depots, train stations or at trackside vantage points noting down serial numbers of passing trains and locomotives.

"The aim of these hobbyists is to see all of the locomotives and perhaps coaching stock and multiple units (coaches with motive power as well as passenger seating) in the country. To this end, they collect and exchange detailed information about the movements of locomotives and other equipment on the railway network, and become very knowledgable about its operations.

"The equipment of a train spotter consists, generally, of a data book listing all the locomotives or other equipment in question, in which locomotives seen are ticked off; a notebook and pens, to note down sightings to transfer into the book at leisure; a thick anorak, to keep warm and dry in Britain's generally awful weather; and an infinite supply of patience. More advanced trainspotters sometimes use a tape recorder instead of the notebook.

"Some began carrying cameras in order to document more unusual sightings, in order that they be believed, as well as to 'collect' the photographs as well as the numbers. This type of train spotter is usually known as a 'gricer'.

"Train spotting is generally the larval stage of the British railway enthusiast (railfan). The knowledge of the railways obtained by a trainspotter is generally the start of a larger hobby; many start taking photographs, for instance, merely to document their sightings, and become hooked, and before long are full-fledged railway photographers. Some turn their railway interests into a career. Others write for the specialist press, or become model railway enthusiasts. Others get involved in the railway preservation movement, becoming volunteers at the museums and organisations dedicated to preserving railway history and historic equipment."

Train spotting - what's up with that? :???:
 

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There are still a lot of ppl who don't know what to do with their free time and haven't discovered emuforums (yet) :p

I prefer babe spotting :eek:nthepull
 

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You stole the contents of your post from Wikipedia, Ryos :p

Anyway, I didn't even knew this thing existed before you mentioned it, so my vote went to "WTF" ;)

And now that I know what it is, I hope to stay away from everyone who answers "yes" in this poll. They're surely mentally deranged people :???:

I always knew that the british were crazy fellows :joke:
 

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Yeah especially around area 51 :evil:

Anyways, yes, I've heard of trainspotters. They are also called anoraks, because normally that's what they wear whilst participating in their hobby :D. Although the term anorak can also be applied to any geek hobby, eg stamp collectors.
 

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Trains spotting? Id rather count how many beards i spot each day and count points... :lol:
 

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Beta's last post sums it up pretty well for me...

I first heard of "trainspotting" several years ago, when the movie was out. Initially I thought it was just a silly name for a movie, but then I read a movie review in a newspaper and learned about the hobby, too. :eyemove: (...and no, I never actually saw the movie - I thought it would be kinda depressing).

...oh, that was also the first time I heard Ewan McGregor's name. :p
 

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I really like train locomotives and stuff, so I don't find it all that wierd, but surely a waste of time if you happen to spend too much of your life doing it. :p But then again, it just comes to prove the many different ways that such trivial activity can be seem by different people. ;)
 

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Hey, there are some really beautiful locomotives out there if you look at it. :p
 
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