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 Post subject: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:36 am 
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Hi,

Out of curiousity, how many famous railroad photographers from the 1950’s and 1960’s (ex. Dr. Hastings, Emery Gulash, etc.) are still with us?

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:46 pm 

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Otis Winston Link

Jim Boyd
Jim Erinberger
Stan Kistler
Otto Perry

Steam train entrepreneurs

Dick Jensen
Ross Rowland
George Hart
F. Nelson Blunt
W. Graham Claytor


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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
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Would Christopher Awdry, son of the Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry, the author of The Railway Series count?

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:18 pm 

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FRANK BARRY !!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:28 pm 

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steamfan765 wrote:
Otis Winston Link

Jim Boyd
Jim Erinberger
Stan Kistler
Otto Perry

Steam train entrepreneurs

Dick Jensen
Ross Rowland
George Hart
F. Nelson Blunt
W. Graham Claytor


If your looking for guys that are still with us on above list, it is much shorter:

Jim Ehrenberger
Stan Kistler
Ross Roland


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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:40 pm 

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steamfan765 wrote:
Otis Winston Link


O.Winston Link’s first name was Ogle, not Otis.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:39 pm 

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F. Nelson BLOUNT
Ross ROWLAND

Howard P.

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:00 pm 

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In case there's any doubt, Frank Barry LIVES !!!! I just had a very nice visit with him a few days ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:51 pm 
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Famous to who? Other railfans or normal people?
Your average person wouldn't recognize any name on this list yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:09 am 

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I don’t associate any buffs with being famous for their buffiness. Good photographers? Sure. Well trained preservationists? Yep. Authors? Uh huh.

I can’t think of anyone who is famous just for foaming. Maybe there’s a YouTuber vying for that?

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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:16 am 

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Railroad Magazine had an "Interesting Railfan" section that would profile someone who was usually well known in a local area but unheard of nationally. It would be nice to resurrect that in some form or another. It's sad to read about the passing of various railfans on this forum and know nothing about them other than a brief description of who they were and what they did. Reading about their exploits in a bygone era is quite fascinating in these modern times, at least for me. In another 50 years, I doubt if anyone from this era will be worth mentioning as a famous or interesting railfan. Not that there is a lack of passion, but modern day railroading just doesn't present the opportunities to create exploits that compare to documenting the last of steam or chasing a Mohawk that refused to abdicate.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:56 pm 

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Thirty years ago when I was about 10, I came across many old back issues of Railroad at a local used book store in Passaic, NJ. I was especially interested to find the issue profiling Earle Gil as an interesting Railfan, and another featuring Kristoffer Miller of the Pine Creek Railroad. I know of course what happened to Mr. Gil, but whatever happened to Mr. Miller? He seemed to be heavily involved in the early operations of the Pine Creek.


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 Post subject: Re: Famous Railfans
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:22 pm 

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Victor Hand lives up here near Bar Harbor.

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