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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

Be selective on what you submit. We do not want to list every RR crossing simply because they offer good views.

Please be safe and live to waymark another day. You can visit this site for railway safety information and publications. Thank you. Operation Lifesaver
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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Image for Spoorviaduct - Diksmuide - Belgiumview gallery

SS18.2 km

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Active Rail LocationsSpoorviaduct - Diksmuide - Belgium

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Spoorviaduct Diksmuide

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Andre 61

location: West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

date approved: 07/15/2022

last visited: 07/15/2022

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SWSW101.4 km

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Active Rail LocationsLigne de Boulogne à Calais - Boulogne-sur-mer, France

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[EN] The Boulogne-Tintelleries station is served by TER Hauts-de-France trains. [FR] La gare Boulogne-Tintelleries est desservie par des trains TER de la région des Hauts-de-France.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin

location: Hauts-de-France, France

date approved: 01/17/2018

last visited: 01/17/2018

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