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Managed By: Icon Here Train Spotters
Description:
A category for waymarking places to watch trains in action. This activity is known as railfanning or trainspotting. Trains can be for work or transport. Including other types of rail guided modes of transportation.
Expanded Description:
Waymarks can be railyards, sidings, or viewing areas along trolley lines, incline railways, shortlines, industry spurs, and monorails. This list is just a list to get you started on your journey.

Railfanning or trainspotting truly is global.
The names and terms might be different, but the appeal is universal.
Waymarkers should come up with some interesting locations to view activities and traction types we hadn't thought of!


Want to find out more about railfanning? Visit Railfanning.org


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Be selective on what you submit. We do not want to list every RR crossing simply because they offer good views.
Instructions for Posting a Active Rail Locations Waymark:

All Active Rail Locations must be safe and accessible to the public. Please visit this link for safety tips. Whether you're waymarking or visiting these are good rules to follow! Operation Lifesaver

All railroads must be active. No abandoned lines.

No trespassing on railroad or industry property.

No viewing areas that require you to cross the tracks in an unsafe manner, a sidewalk, tunnel or footbridge should be provided.

Areas of high crime and those subject to frequent vandalism should not be listed.

Please try to include in your description, times of high and low rail activity. Such as "Weekends are slow, try to visit this site during the week."

Include all road names associated with the line if known. CSX, BN, UP, NS etc.

Unless you know specific timetables, mainlines normally do not provide steady enough activity, sidings for switching are better at providing opportunities for visitors to see trains in action.

Active Rail Variables:

*What Best Describes This Location?- This is a dropdown list and is the only one requiring an answer.

The options are:
1. Railyard
An area where the railroad conducts its daily work business, a hub with multiple track. It can have many functions and usually has a lot of activity.
2. Siding\Holdout
Usually areas for trains to wait for others passing or to change crew. It can however be used to service track side industry.
3. Mainline
The main track(s) the railroad uses to get from place to place.
4. Industrial or Agriculture Spur
Rails branching off from the mainline, usually to service industry. The most common uses for spurs to load/unload freight, chemicals, materials or food stuffs. Spurs tend to travel farther away from the mainline then sidings.
5. Maintenance Facility
Areas for railroad maintenance equipment or repair.
6. Other Describe Below
Check this if you are unsure or none of the above fit your submission.

*Other Describe-Optional unless you chose other above.

*If there is a fee how much?-This is only needs to be answered if there are any charges related.

*Is this rail location handicap accessible?-Optional, but you are encouraged to answer.

*Related website?-If your waymark has its own or related website please post it. If not you might consider a link to the railroads official site.

Active Rail Exclusions:
None of the following please:
* Abandoned tunnels
* Static trains on display
* Cabooses on display
* No miniature railroads
* Model railroads

These already have their own categories and should be placed there.

Please remember that the focus of this category is on viewing rail related activity in action. The focus is not on depots, bridges, roundhouses, etc. Waymarks which focus on these aspects of a location will be denied.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
When logging a visit please include your own pictures and details of your experience. Pictures of rail activity in action are greatly encouraged and appreciated!

Try to provide the time of day you visited and how much activity you witnessed.

By providing times and activity in your details, the next visitor might have a better idea of when to make their visit.

Keep this in mind when you visit an Active Rail Locations waymark, the railroad determines how much activity there is on any given day.

Thank You!
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Variables:
  • What Best Describes This Location
  • Other Describe
  • If there is a fee how much?
  • Is this rail location handicap accessible?
  • Related website
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Active Rail LocationsBridge - Point-a Celles, Belgium

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2 site view point on bridge near Point-a Celles.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Axel-F

location: Hainaut, Belgium

date approved: 10/27/2019

last visited: 10/5/2019

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Active Rail LocationsPine Street - Blue River, BC

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Anywhere along the length of Pine Street is a good Train Spotting location.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 9/6/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsCN Mainline - Boston Bar, BC

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Just cross a bridge here and you're privy to a pair of Active Rail Locations, one on each side of the Fraser River.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 8/17/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsBN siding- NE 28th and Sante Fe Ave - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

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NE 28th St and Sante Fe Ave Oklahoma City, OK

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 8/9/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsPont Route D14 - Rom, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France

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[FR] Un pont sur la route D14 qui mène à Rom (comme tous les chemins ?), endroit parfait pour le trainspotting. [EN] A bridge on the road D14 that leads to Rom (like all roads?), a perfect place for trainspotting.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bono2333

location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

date approved: 7/9/2019

last visited: 7/16/2019

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Active Rail LocationsSt Erth railway station bridge- St Erth Cornwall UK

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St Erth railway station on the main line between London and Penzance and serving the branch line to St Ives

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MoreOutdoor

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/1/2019

last visited: 6/30/2019

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Active Rail LocationsPont de la Chaussée - Rom, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France

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[FR] Un pont idéal pour le trainspotting ! [EN] A perfect place for trainspotting !

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bono2333

location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

date approved: 6/17/2019

last visited: 6/17/2019

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Active Rail LocationsBryson City Turntable

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Bryson City Turntable for the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Tattered01

location: North Carolina

date approved: 5/27/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsSummerville GA Turntable

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Boyles Yard Turntable Named Summerville Railroad Turntable. Summerville Historic Site

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Tattered01

location: Georgia

date approved: 5/27/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsCPR and Ontario Southland - Woodstock, Ontario

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In this industrial part of Woodstock, Canadian Pacific Railway and short-line Ontario Southland are both actively shuttling cars.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 5/12/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsTrainspotting @ Bahnhof Köln West - Köln, Germany

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DE: Trainspotting-Location am Bahnhof Köln-West. EN: Trainspotting location at the train station Cologne-West.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Narayan,

location: Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

date approved: 4/2/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsStratford Railyard - Stratford, Ontario

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This small Ontario city has been a rail hub since the dawn of the train age. There's still quite a bit of activity here.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 2/25/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsTrainspotting Warschauer Straße - Berlin, Germany

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Trainspotting from the bridge near the station "Warschauer Straße" in Berlin.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

location: Berlin, Germany

date approved: 2/25/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsOld Depot on Bradley St. - Carrollton, GA

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Depot is today a banquet hall, but the track out front are still active.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Georgia

date approved: 1/8/2019

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsSchellenbergbrücke - Osnabrück, NDS, Germany

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Watching the cargo trains from Schellenbergbrücke

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bush-Rescue

location: Niedersachsen, Germany

date approved: 10/31/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail Locationsligne de la gare de Lyon -villeneuve triage-FR

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passerelle au dessus des voies grandes lignes, TER et marchandises. footbridge over main lines, TER and goods.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member keillec

location: Île-de-France, France

date approved: 10/29/2018

last visited: 10/29/2018

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Active Rail LocationsTrainspotting Bridge Hauptbahnhof Bingen, RP, Germany

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Trainspotting from the Bridge near the central Station of Bingen.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kaschper69

location: Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany

date approved: 10/29/2018

last visited: 10/29/2018

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Active Rail LocationsKirkwood Rd. & Old MO-Pac Depot - Kirkwood, MO

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Amtral still uses the depot, manned by Kirkwood citizens on a volunteer basis. Also main line for freight trains roar past.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 9/8/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsAmtrak - Front St. & Lafayette St. - Washington, MO

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The train depot (Old Missouri-Pacific Depot) is about 4 blocks to the west...Amtrak waiting room, visitors center, and art gallery now.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 8/5/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsCSX - Biloxi Bay Bridge - Ocean Springs Ms

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CSX - Biloxi Bay Bridge - Ocean Springs Ms

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman

location: Mississippi

date approved: 7/18/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsMTA Maintenance Yard - Queens, NY

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A large subway maintenance yard in Queens.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: New York

date approved: 7/6/2018

last visited: 7/6/2018

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Active Rail LocationsUnion Pacific - Elmira, Idaho

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This active rail location is a perfect spot to watch the trains pass by. Near Hwy. 95/Hwy. 2, cross the railroad tracks on Elmira Road and proceed south about 600 metres.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Idaho

date approved: 7/5/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsTramway du Mont-Blanc - Saint-Gervais-les-Bains - France

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The Mont Blanc Tramway or Tramway du Mont-Blanc (TMB) is a mountain railway line in the Haute-Savoie department of France.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11

location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

date approved: 7/2/2018

last visited: 6/18/2018

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Active Rail LocationsEemshaven - The Netherlands

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The train station of Eemshaven is the northernmost station of the Netherlands

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Zugführer

location: Groningen, Netherlands

date approved: 6/4/2018

last visited: never

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Active Rail LocationsDowntown Douglasville - Douglasville, GA

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Old tracks in old railroad town...still active.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Georgia

date approved: 5/26/2018

last visited: never

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