How many trains you see a day?

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pedrop

A Railfan in Brazil
The chart below was made by a friend of mine in Sandpoint ID and shows the BNSF trains he counted in front of his home during the month of January 2011. I am wondering if somebody here also counted how many trains pass near home each day. Have you ever counted them?:)
 

Dippo

New Member
I didn't keep a chart like that, but I did keep a list of all the trains I see from the time I get back from school, to the time it gets dark. I only did this during the summer and 8th grade. I tried it for the first few weeks of HS but I've been way to busy to keep doing this. Anyway, I wrote down which way the train was traveling, what time, and what type.


That's not the entire chart but it's the most I could fit in the camera. This is the next best thing I could come up with without having a scanner.
 

storminorman

New Member
Todays newspaper had an article re: the slow trains that block traffic here in town all too often. Article goes on to mention there are between 80-100 trains daily that travel these rails. I see darn near all of them when I'm at work. I love my job....:)
 

andrewjonathon

New Member
Todays newspaper had an article re: the slow trains that block traffic here in town all too often. Article goes on to mention there are between 80-100 trains daily that travel these rails. I see darn near all of them when I'm at work. I love my job....:)
Maybe I am missing something obvious but what town are you talking about? Can you provide a link to the newspaper article? I'd be curious to read it.
 

TPWRY

member
Usually bout 0 a day!! Maybe 1 a week if I'm lucky!! Unless I could actually go railfanning for once!! But with winter coming up any trips I could take wont happen as often!
 

Ryder P. Moses

Half Man Half Loco
I dont see any trains a day...I want to but I "cant get there anymore".
Well I could if the passion returned enough to "get anything" from it.
Thanks to this place and others, there are signs that there is "another
generation" of "railfools" ready to keep the whole thing going...I'm OK with that.
 

Smitty905

New Member
I didn't keep a chart like that, but I did keep a list of all the trains I see from the time I get back from school, to the time it gets dark. I only did this during the summer and 8th grade. I tried it for the first few weeks of HS but I've been way to busy to keep doing this. Anyway, I wrote down which way the train was traveling, what time, and what type.


That's not the entire chart but it's the most I could fit in the camera. This is the next best thing I could come up with without having a scanner.
Glad to see I wasn't the only one who kept records as a child. :)

My dad had a route job while I was growing up and when he was out and about in Southeastern Nebraska each day he would write down the railroad and locomotive number of any engines he saw so I could look them up in my loco roster book when he got home. Cuz he was an awesome dad like that.

Now a days I see zero trains a day :( Maybe things are karmacly balancing out since I was born in North Platte ;)
 

maersksealand3329

Son of a Conrail fan
When I lived in Lima, Ohio I would see around 35 a day (thats with CSX, NS, I&O, and the CF&E combined). Now where I live in Myrtle Beach, SC-none. Not one train anywhere, and if I want to see some-I have to drive an hour to Florence, SC just to see the CSX.
 

storminorman

New Member
For andrew above....

http://etruth.com/article/20111120/NEWS01/711209912


Let me know if this link doesn't work for you. Now then, while I said I see 'all' of them, I should say I'm not at work 24/7, and that some of these do take the Marion spur South before they get to me, I still have the privilege of seeing what ever traffic rolls along the two mainlines next to my workplace. Is it 80 per day? Won't say for certain that many, some parts of the week it's heavier than other.
 

FireFighter8

New Member
I work at AK Steel in Butler County PA so i see the same 7 or so remote control locomotives every single day switching out savvy" as you can tell. im not sure about proper terms but i am finding myself growing more and more fond every single day i scrap/gondola cars, coil cars, slab cars, etc. then you get the fast trains that come flying through... you'll have to forgive me im not very "train see them running around
 




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