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A Brit Who Visited Fostoria

Note: This is a post from my dearest friend, John Macleod, a loyal British subject who lives in Grimsby, which is about 2 hours northeast of London.  I have dragged this poor guy to Fostoria.  John works around trains and although I always thought that he didn't like trains, he was kind enough to take me train spotting in the UK and go with me to Fostoria.  Many of you have met John.  Wes
 
My dear friend Wes said that I John Macleod in his Uk site that I disliked trainspotting.  That is not strictly true.  I do dislike British trains because I find them so boring.  There is not a lot of variety in our Diesel engines or our rolling stock (is that the correct word in the US, I don't know) -- Wagons, Freight, Coaches, these are words we use in the UK.

Wes on a few occasions dragged me off to watch American trains and being the great the friend I am, I felt obliged.  He thinks I did not enjoy it, but I found it facinating.  I never really told him that because you can take friendship so far, he is a absolute train NUT!, I am not.
 
American trains have so much character, so much variety, they are incredible.  The length of them I found awsome, I always counted the number of stock that was being pulled and even pushed.  Maybe in this country if more freight was put back on to rail we would not have such congjested roads

I was once a train fan, in the age of steam.  Now there you had a variety, with the number of different wheel configarations.  We had the different companies with their different livery, it was great.  I remember as a boy watching trains from a bridge standing there as they passed underneath with the great billows of steam enveloping us.  What a sooty mess we were when we went home, it was well worth the spanking.  Good memories!

What about this new steam train we have the Tornado?  I can't wait to see it.  Check it out on You Tube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=symSp3qCwrw ,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfxmw7- pKxU&NR=1  and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkKEURaKY0M&NR=1 (Admin note:  when you watch the first video, note all the train spotters at the station!)

Wes has created a great web site with doctrains.  I am sure there is a number of NUTS out there to look into it.  I had the pleasure of meeting a number of them, they were all great guys, not forgetting the ladies.

Bye Folks.
 
John Macleod
 
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