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jean
jean

It’s Micro Monday again. While the podcast is on hiatus, I’ve been doing a series of roll calls to help enthusiasts find each other. This week’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. 😇🚂 🚊)

pimoore
pimoore

@jean All aboard. 👋 🚂

manton
manton

@jean 🚂

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! ♥️ 🚊

tkoola
tkoola

@jean 🚆 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! 🚊

odd
odd

@jean I’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. 🚂

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 « en cabine » video from a regional Swiss train as working white noise today. 🚊🚉🚆

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 “ferroequinologists” before, but put me in a train station and I'm at a home away from home! 🛤

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. 😰

jean
jean

@cn Ouch.

lmika
lmika

@jean I'll climb aboard this roll call. 🚊

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 O‘ahu where there may or may not be rail someday.

hawaiiboy
hawaiiboy

@6400099180 oh yea. Mufi’s folly.

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purisubzi
purisubzi

@jean 👋🏾 Woo!

jayeless
jayeless

@jean Oh yay, a roll call that really does fit me! 😇 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 😊

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 Railways… and of course, as a kid, going on all the Steamrail special trips 😂 So yes, trains are definitely something I care about.

Cheri
Cheri

@jean Hooray for trains! Coincidentally, I’m writing this while waiting for a tour to start at a railway museum. 🚂

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 “Ok. This is fine after all.”

Still. Want rail - even a little!

cygnoir
cygnoir

@jean 👋🏻 🚂

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.

jasraj
jasraj

@jean i thought it was just me! i'm very fond of trains - and train journeys. i'll have to remember to take a picture on my journey up north next week 🚂

jean
jean

@jasraj I have a series of clips that are just me recording the view out the window passing by, with train sounds. Stringing them together for a relaxing, meditative video is little project I let fall by the wayside...

odd
odd

@jean I don’t know if you are able to watch this, (because of location limitations), but this is a real-time trip on Bergensbanen, (The Bergen Line). There are others our national broadcaster, (NRK), also have recorded.

jean
jean

@odd I’ve just added Bergen > Oslo to my train bucket list. It’s a little short, but maybe there is a longer journey I should check out?

hjertnes
hjertnes

@jean I took that train ride with my two year old daughter today 😅

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@cn @jean Bad puns? www.youtube.com/watch

… et un “tiens” peut en cacher un autre

odd
odd

@jean I think that might be the most visually appealing one, if you don’t count the much shorter again Flåmsbanen/Flåmsbana ~1h. There are five main lines in Norway, Sørlandsbanen (Oslo-Stavanger), Bergensbanen (Oslo-Bergen), Dovrebanen (Oslo-Trondheim), Rørosbanen (also Oslo-Trondheim), and Nordlandsbanen (Trondheim-Bodø).

You could take a train from Bodø, change trains in Trondheim, then change again in Oslo, and go to Bergen, (or Stavanger), and that would take about 24h i believe, and with a short stop for re-boarding at the line ends. (Or the opposite direction).

Here is an extensive (but hard to read) list of all railway lines in Norway. When I grew up in Trøndelag, our house were a stone throw away from the Hell-Storlien(Sweden) line.

jlrevilla
jlrevilla

@jean never had a particular interest in trains, since we didn’t have many of those back home, but since I’ve moved to Spain I must confess I have started to love them 🚊

jean
jean

@artkavanagh Oh dear, this went over ma tête!

One Train Is Better Than Two You'll Get It

richText
richText

@jean @odd I have a friend in Bergen who traveled to Oslo not long ago; I queued up one of those long YouTube videos of the Bergen Line and we got it synced almost perfectly to their live trip. Silly but fun!

odd
odd

@richText Ha, that’s cool! When someone I know travel by plane I usually track their flight on Flightradar24. (Same-same, but different). 😃

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@jean Sorry, it was a bit obscure. There’s an expression, “un ‘tiens’ vaut mieux que deux ‘tu l’auras’”: one “here, take this” is worth more than two promises that you’ll have it in the future. Martial Solal, who wrote that tune, liked puns and wordplay and substituted “train” for “tiens”. I suppose puns don’t translate well, though.

rishabh
rishabh

@jasraj Me too.

jean
jean

@artkavanagh That is very cool. 🇫🇷And the music is lovely.

jean
jean

@richText @odd Nope not silly. Cool.