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Old 03-14-2015, 12:49 PM   #29
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I get all the trains I need at home, some of those trains T55Watson saw in Seligman, AZ come by my house. I face a double track about 200 yards away whenever I am on my computer.


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Old 03-18-2015, 09:51 AM   #30
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I am convinced that it is a KOA requirement that their camp grounds are within 100 yards of a railroad track, an airport runway and they get an extra star if there is a weather siren as well.

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Old 03-18-2015, 01:20 PM   #31
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We haven't stayed at a KOA yet that didn't have a train track near enough to hear a train whistle in the middle of the night
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:56 AM   #32
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I definitely recommend the Midwest along Hwy 30 through Nebraska. From Cheyenne to Omaha you'll see so much different rail traffic. Of coarse then there is the Bailey Yard in North Platte a must see for sure. From North Platte to the East, UP's main line is triple track for over 100 miles, this section of track usually handles around 130 trains per day. In the area where I live you can go 30 miles to the North and see the B-N line which has quite of few coal loads going through. South of me about 10 miles there is another B-N line that Amtrak and other rail traffic uses. As far as camping areas there is quite a bit areas to camp also, may not always be right next to the tracks but close enough to do some real serious rail fanning. Here are a couple of pics I've taken in the past in my home town. UP's 844 comes through here often but usually on scheduled excursions. I caught the photo of this UP's Northwestern Heritage engine "passing through" one day. You just never know what is coming or going down the tracks around here.

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Old 03-19-2015, 07:07 AM   #33
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Porteau Cove Provicial Park on the West Coast of BC. Beautiful campground right on the ocean.
But....the train goes by the campground edge every 2 hours all night long!
I'd never stay there again if my life depended on it...got no sleep!
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:04 AM   #34
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We went to Alaska from Fla last year (59 Nights)

I thought 50 of those nights were by a Railroad Track- and they all "Horned" at 2 AM
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:56 PM   #35
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If you like steam Trans I recommend the Rio Chama RV Park in Chama, New Mexico (http://www.riochamarv.com/) .
The Cumbers and Toltec Scenic Railroad (http://cumbrestoltec.com/) runs next to the campground.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:05 PM   #36
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Firebug5 and Jayco1 have two of my three favorite campsites (Durango, CO, and Chama, NM) which both happen to be adjacent to narrow gauge, live steam train tracks. But here is my third favorite:

In the Glenwood Canyon, just east of Glenwood Springs, CO, is an exit called "No Name." There is a campground just off that exit called ROCK GARDENS. You can actually camp there, a few feet from the Colorado River, right in Glenwood Canyon, if you have a smaller RV. Larger RVs camp one tier up from the River.

The train? Every two (2) hours there is an electromotive freight train that screeches and rumbles through the magnificent depths of the Canyon on this main east-west line through Colorado. You can hear it for miles and miles as it reverbates and thunders through the 14-mile Canyon. The Canyon walls echo as if the train is right in your campsite!

It's quite impressive. The tracks pass the campground on the south side of the Canyon, while you are camping on the north side. You are only the width of the Colorado River away from the train. With the right amount of wine in your goblet, you will see ripples from the vibration on the rails. The only things between you and the trains are rafts and kayaks navigating the River westward.

Beware: The trains pass during the night, too.

Bonus: Twice a day the California Zephyr Amtrak glides so sleekly and silently along those same tracks. It is just plain cool to sit in your campsite and watch (and hear) those trains slink past.

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Old 03-19-2015, 09:22 PM   #37
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The Texas state railroad in Rusk Texas has a 70 site RV campground, Railroad Museum, and daily trips on the Texas line,with a genuine steam engine. One way or round trips between Rusk & Palestine 4 hr Round trip.
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Originally Posted by Fredandfred View Post
Ok, here goes. I love camping and I love watching trains. Anyone know of a cg that is next to good mainline? I know most would want away from that but I am seeking spot.


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Old 03-21-2015, 08:53 AM   #39
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Illinois Railway Museum

Watched an informative video on MPT about the Illinois Railway Museum. It is huge and is the "Largest RR Museum in the USA. April 5th is Opening day. There are a number of trains you can ride, also if you are a Trolley Fan, they have rides on those as well. They have video cams you can watch also.
If anyone has been there would love to hear how your visit went. Thanks...

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Old 03-22-2015, 03:47 PM   #40
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Looks like I have a lot of sites to visit.

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Old 03-22-2015, 09:40 PM   #41
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Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park (Broward County Park)
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Hollywood FL 33021
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Great park that sit right next to the tracks (Seaboard RR I believe). AmTrak trains going by all the time.

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