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jean
jean

Itโ€™s Micro Monday again. While the podcast is on hiatus, Iโ€™ve been doing a series of roll calls to help enthusiasts find each other. This weekโ€™s topic is trains. Railfans, station lovers, and ferroequinologists, signal your enthusiasm with a comment here.

jean
jean

@jean (This is the first roll call that I count myself a real enthusiast. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿš‚ ๐ŸšŠ)

pimoore
pimoore

@jean All aboard. ๐Ÿ‘‹ ๐Ÿš‚

manton
manton

@jean ๐Ÿš‚

fgtech
fgtech

@jean One of the first moments our family knew the pandemic was going to have long-term consequences was when we had to cancel our much anticipated west coast Amtrak trip. We will reschedule one day! โ™ฅ๏ธ ๐ŸšŠ

tkoola
tkoola

@jean ๐Ÿš† lover here. I just completed a customer project writing code for a train project (which is sadly just about all I can tell about it in public but it was one of the coolest projects in my professional career).

jean
jean

@tkoola Wow!

jean
jean

@fgtech Same. I had some credit sitting in my Deutsche Bahn account from 2019 that I was planning to use in 2020. Not a ton, but enough for Ljubljana > Munich.

DiplomaticDiva
DiplomaticDiva

@jean Oh hell yeah! ๐ŸšŠ

odd
odd

@jean Iโ€™m a fan in theory, but have travelled the same ~8h distances in my country so many times, that I have a love/dislike relationship with them. ๐Ÿš‚

toddgrotenhuis
toddgrotenhuis

@jean does it count if we want to be but our current system is atrocious, but we are an advocate for making it good?

spgreenhalgh
spgreenhalgh

@jean I used an ยซ en cabine ยป video from a regional Swiss train as working white noise today. ๐ŸšŠ๐Ÿš‰๐Ÿš†

spgreenhalgh
spgreenhalgh

@toddgrotenhuis I live in Kentucky, where I believe passenger rail is nonexistent, so this had better count!!!

pimoore
pimoore

@odd Bergen line? Visiting the Finse station in winter is high on my itinerary list if/when I travel to Norway.

crossingthethreshold
crossingthethreshold

@jean Count me in. I'd never heard of โ€œferroequinologistsโ€ before, but put me in a train station and I'm at a home away from home! ๐Ÿ›ค

cn
cn

@jean are there train fans who like bad puns?

odd
odd

@pimoore Yes that one and Oslo-Trondheim. The latter a.lot.of.times. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

jean
jean

@cn Ouch.

lmika
lmika

@jean I'll climb aboard this roll call. ๐ŸšŠ

hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@jean We don't have trains in Hawaii, save for an old Sugar Cane train. I've always loved rail and used ride up and down the coast a lot in So. Cal in the 80s. We also used a lot of train travel on our last trip to Europe and plan on using train travel in Italy next summer,

6400099180
6400099180

@hawaiiboy this is a controversial topic here on Oโ€˜ahu where there may or may not be rail someday.

hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@6400099180 oh yea. Mufiโ€™s folly.

purisubzi
purisubzi

@jean ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿพ Woo!

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jayeless
jayeless

@jean Oh yay, a roll call that really does fit me! ๐Ÿ˜‡ I'm a big advocate of trains (and other public transport, but for high-capacity or long-distance you can't go past trains). I don't drive so I get a lot of use out of Melbourne's network. Have caught them in many other places around the world too ๐Ÿ˜Š

My dad's side of the family is something of a "railway family", so I've grown up being raised on a lot of the history of Victorian Railwaysโ€ฆ and of course, as a kid, going on all the Steamrail special trips ๐Ÿ˜‚ So yes, trains are definitely something I care about.

Cheri
Cheri

@jean Hooray for trains! Coincidentally, Iโ€™m writing this while waiting for a tour to start at a railway museum. ๐Ÿš‚

v
v

@toddgrotenhuis I swear, every time I visit a city with even a mediocre light rail system (Salt Lake, Minneapolis), I dislike Indy just a little bit more.

Then I walk around downtown and am like โ€œOk. This is fine after all.โ€

Still. Want rail - even a little!

cygnoir
cygnoir

@jean ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป ๐Ÿš‚

mellowdave
mellowdave

@v This is funny, i live in Austin, and I dont think you can even call what we have a "system", but we talk all the time about how great it would be to live in a town with real mass transit. We've spent considerable time in Boston, San Francisco, and Washington DC and it makes one jealous to say the least.