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Old 09-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #15
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Check KOA campgrounds I believe it is a requirement of theirs to locate near RR Tracks
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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I have a friend who owns 22 acres right next to a main line up in Michigan. It's undeveloped with a 7 acre spring fed pond. We boon-dock for a few weeks every year and love setting by the campfire each night and watching Amtrak go by. They are alway's right on schedule and go by every night at 10:30 PM.

The line also gets a lot of freight traffic so we probably have 10 trains each day. Love the way the ground shakes when a 100 car freight train rumbles by!
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:02 PM   #17
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You had better be careful Marc, that is how it starts...
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #18
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If you ever come to Illinois, try Blanding Landing, a COE campground near Galena, on the Mississippi. Freights go through there almost non-stop, a local told me they get in excess of 60 trains every 24 hours. The tracks run right next to the campground.
Funny, after about three days we never even heard them anymore.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #19
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Thanks guys, that one may fit right in with our plans for next summer. As long as it isn't near the windy city.
I went to school in the city in 63, was back in 1980 to see the trains and we went to a Samoyed rescue picnic in 2006 in Chicago. that was when I swore never again.
I just can't imagine what it would be like to pull a TT through that town. I will drive 300 miles to avoid it, and we are planning on seeing friends near Janesville Wi.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #20
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Hi gang
I have a rather odd question. I am an ex railroader and a train nut and I am looking for campgrounds that are HIlo and pet friendly located near mainline railroad tracks in West Virginia and Virginia.
I'm sure that if you don't like the noise you will remember these campgrounds and be kind enough to pass me the address.
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RailFan = Someone who actually wants to camp near the tracks, rather than miles away.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:01 PM   #21
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There is always Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in WV
http://www.cassrailroad.com/

and camping at nearby Seneca State Forest
http://www.senecastateforest.com/
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #22
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RailFan = Someone who actually wants to camp near the tracks, rather than miles away.
Yep, you got that one right. I actually have mainline in my old back yard, 80-100 trains a day, and never hear them unless you want to.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:16 PM   #23
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There is always Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in WV
http://www.cassrailroad.com/

and camping at nearby Seneca State Forest
http://www.senecastateforest.com/
Thanks. We know about Cass and I want to make the trip some day, but what I am interested in right now is the mainline railroading lugging a 140 car 14000 ton coal drag over the mountains. It makes great video for us train nuts. I know Cass has an interchange with CSX so that may be a high density line for them and the state park may be what I'm hunting in that area. Maybe I can do them all I just can't seem to remember I don't have to hurry back to work, almost 3 years, and still feel like there is something I have to do.
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We just park it.

The trains will come.

Isn't it strange that when you don't want to listen to them the are all over the place, and when you do, you can't find them?
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"We just park it.

The trains will come."

Wayne has a point here! I am reminded of a trip heading west back in '07 when we had driven nearly 500 miles that day and found a sign on I-80 on Iowa. Beautiful place with pecan trees and soybean fields. We had a quick supper and went to bed when the sun went down. Some time in the middle of the night I thought a train was coming through the MH. Long, huge blasts from a train horn caused me to jump completely out of bed from a deep sleep. The whole RV shook just from the horn blast.
We found out the next morning that the soybean fields prevented us from seeing a track that was about 50 yards from our site and just outside the pecan grove line.
It was not the speed or even the weight shaking the ground. Apparently this train makes the trip to a local grain elevator a couple of times a week and the engineer takes a torturous delight in using the horn at the crossing just below the CG.
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RVacation campground along I-95 in Selma, nc. Around MM 96-98. There's also the historic station there too.
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"We just park it.

The trains will come."

It was not the speed or even the weight shaking the ground. Apparently this train makes the trip to a local grain elevator a couple of times a week and the engineer takes a torturous delight in using the horn at the crossing just below the CG.
Some of the horn blowing seems to be out of hand, but there is a federal requirement that they blow at crossings and how they blow is also regulated. I agree that some is not needed, but no engineer wants to hit anything. Crossing accidents are almost always fatal. Even on my railroad where we never went over 15 MPH we had a few close calls. You can generally tell an engineer that has been involved in an accident by the way he handles the horn. I know of one fellow that was involved in 3 crossing accidents and all had fatalities, and there wasn't a thing he could do to prevent them. Folks just seem to think they can always beat the train, but when they don't...........
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:37 AM   #28
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I once tent camped at a campground in Duncannon, PA. Nice campground but you had train traffic on one side and truck traffic on US15 and US322 on the other two sides. I didn't get much sleep that night.
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