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    Default Container Foamers Are For Real

    Wall Street Journal article on container-spotters, i.e. box foamers:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/shhh-lo...ner-1498581066

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    I was able to read it through the link on facebook page (searched on article title):

    https://www.facebook.com/wsj/posts/10156246175413128

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/shhh-lo...81066?mod=e2fb

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    When I was in the UK a couple of years ago I met up with several railfans whose main interest was collecting freight car numbers on passing freight trains. A group at Leicester went into a fit when a unit train of brand new cement hoppers came through and one guy at Carlisle was set up on the station platform with a deck chair and thermos of tea for an all nighter. They were all middle aged or older men who had spent their younger years collecting loco numbers but were now looking for something more challenging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westfalen View Post
    When I was in the UK a couple of years ago I met up with several railfans whose main interest was collecting freight car numbers on passing freight trains. A group at Leicester went into a fit when a unit train of brand new cement hoppers came through and one guy at Carlisle was set up on the station platform with a deck chair and thermos of tea for an all nighter. They were all middle aged or older men who had spent their younger years collecting loco numbers but were now looking for something more challenging.
    Do they actually take photos/videos of the trains or just want to check off numbers? I guess that might be the major difference between American and British foamers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    Do they actually take photos/videos of the trains or just want to check off numbers? I guess that might be the major difference between American and British foamers.
    Just checked off the numbers, I don't recall any of them having cameras.

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    What's a FOAMER?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gryxter View Post
    What's a FOAMER?
    A nickname for the overly enthusiastic rail fan. Considered derogatory by railroad employees and seemingly taken on by rail fans as a badge of honor. Not a fan of it myself.

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    Ahh. interesting. I do not live where there are any real trains, so it's news to me. Although now I get the foamer part, as in foaming at the mouth over trains. Quite funny actually!

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