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  1. Default Looking for people to railfan with in seattle area

    Hi, I live in the Seattle/Tacoma area and I'm kinda new to railfanning, I've taken a few videos on my way to work and on the way home, but I think it would be more fun with people who enjoy the same thing. I go up to seattle quite a bit on my days off. Hopefully I'll find some people to railfan with
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    Welcome to Railroad Forums. I suggest you check the western US forum for the local "hotspots" where you are more than likely to run into railfans. Post up some of your videos on the video section as well.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Lots of Puget Sound types on these forums.
    The problem is it's kinda hard to break into the right groups, but once you're in it's a great time. Took me a while to get in with the right people. I'd suggest just talking with folks you encounter while chasing trains. I see other railfans all the time while I'm out. Sadly, with groups like the NRHS becoming less of a conduit for rail fans to meet, what people say is an easier time to meet other fans, is in fact more difficult as there are no monthly meetings or events to go to like there used to be.
    I would strongly suggest this annual event: http://www.gorgerail.com/ I've never been, but most of the guys who have their ears to the ground usually go to it.
    Also, check for model train meets, plenty in the area. Hobby shops are good for finding like minded folks.
    Lee Bishop

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    Lee,

    I have heard rumors that 2014's Gorgerail happens to be on the day Mt. Rainier Scenic planned a triple-header... Bob can confirm the date as I don't have it off hand..


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    Quote Originally Posted by SP&SFan View Post
    Lee,

    I have heard rumors that 2014's Gorgerail happens to be on the day Mt. Rainier Scenic planned a triple-header... Bob can confirm the date as I don't have it off hand..


    SP&SFan
    Check the next thread down from this one. Gorgerail 2014 has been canceled. There are still plenty of other events where you can meet railfans. Once passenger service north of Seattle is restored, you can ride a train to Edmonds and hang out at MP 18.
    Bill Anderson, Mile Post 18 regular

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    Wow, I had no idea they'd cancelled Gorgerail. The only time I really hear about it is when the organizers of it push the living heck out of it at the 'Autum Leaf' slideshow in Centralia each October. I know some guys who go to it (and say it's a good time), but I've never been.
    So, to ammend my original ideas a little, how about keeping an eye on special railfan events on the local tourist RR websites? I know Mt Rainier is running a steam up on May 17. http://mrsr.info/news/ It's not cheap, but I'd suspect you'd meet a LOT of the local railfan folks there. I know I plan on going...
    Lee Bishop

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    I shall have to check out some events

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