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Old 03-11-2015, 09:45 PM   #15
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I agree with no3putt, just north of Laramie WY, on I believe it is US-20, East -West across Northern Nebraska, in 2006 DW & I enjoyed a full day of watching trains both directions about 15 minutes a part. The train line paralleled the highway. Speed limit was 80MPH, every vehicle heading West waved at us East bound. And the greatest thrill of all was so many of the train crews would wave & DW got a number of them to lay on the horn... I felt like I was 8 years old. Every train was coal cars, full East bound, empty and doubled up heading back West bound.
If you enjoy trains, you may look up "Train Loops". For example the Tehachapi, Loop in California is a famous one off the top of my head.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:56 AM   #16
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ooooooh, where'll that be, Gary?

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Since the N&W originated in Roanoke, VA and the 611 was built there, I suspect many of the trips will originate in Roanoke which still has a strong N&W (now Norfolk Southern) presence. The 611 had been sitting for years in the Transportation Museum in Roanoke and was moved last year to be refurbished. It had a reputation for being able to pull a fully loaded passenger train at speeds up to 90mph. It is a beast.


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When we were researching campgrounds in the Finger Lakes region of New York, one of the complaints about the Watkins Glen KOA was that it is next to the railroad. I'm thinking "What's up with these people?".

Waited almost the entire stay to see a train. Came through about 10 pm going downhill. Didn't stay long enough to see it pull the hill on the return.
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It seems that all the C. O. E. campgrounds along the Mississippi have a railroad next to them. That would be a place to investigate. Campgrounds are nice, half price with "old fart" card.
Follow rte 30 west, parallel to I 80. tracks run for miles. Lot of small towns have city/county parks with RV hook ups.
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We will be staying at the Grand Canyon Railway RV park in late June/early July. We plan on taking a ride on one of the trains.
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Love the 611 - rode / worked NRHS excursions back in the late 1980s out of Buffalo. It was an impressive site! NKP 765 out of Ft Wayne made the rounds here in WNY too! I think I need a five chime horn for my MH....


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Havre, MT. The CG/motel is right next to the B&N main line switchyard. There is a board fence between the CG and switchyard, but walk 100 ft. East and you are right there. You will see and hear constant trains.
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Don't all KOA's have active train tracks next to them? :-)
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Al least half of the CG I stayed at in the last 9 years were near a railroad . Isn't that a requirement! LoL
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Spend a week in the service lot at County Coach in Junction City, OR if you love trains. There was a main N/S line (double tracks) which I guess ran from CA to Washington and there was some sort of train going thru about every 30' - 40' minutes, night and day. Many fast moving AmTrack trains.

Never bothered us since we love trains.
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If you like trains you should stop in North Platte Nebraska. They give tours of the rail yard. I guess its so big it can be seen from space. A friend of mine went there. Very impressive.
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FOLLOW ME - My wife says I have a natural ability to somehow find the only campgrounds along our route that seem to be next to grand central station. :-)

(I love that movie My Cousin Vinny - The train rarely comes thru there at 4am.)
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If you like trains you should stop in North Platte Nebraska. They give tours of the rail yard. I guess its so big it can be seen from space. A friend of mine went there. Very impressive.
You're right.

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Cooper's RV Park in Clayton, NC (close SE of Raleigh) has the Amtrak mainline into Raleigh running right behind. Not crazy busy- maybe 10 or 15 trains/day. The N-S mainline is about 30 miles east. The main yard in Raleigh is right beside the lot I used to park in. Train yards are loud!
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