So apparently in the same way that we have plane-spotting, train-spotting also exists. I guess the concept is essentially the same; you have different manufacturers, models, operators, and registrations, although apparently train registrations are called reporting marks and aren’t exactly the same as aircraft registrations. I mean it’s interesting that train-spotting exists, but not so surprising. If we’re so obsessed with planes, why can’t others feel the same about trains? On that note, I wonder if boat-spotting exists. I’ll save that for another post.
What’s more interesting is that in the same way that plane-spotters have Airliners.net, train-spotters have a website called www.railpictures.ca, which is just Airliners.net’s train-spotting equivalent. I’ve spent some time looking through its database, and while most of the pictures are indeed fantastic, they just don’t seem to be of the same photographic quality as those on Airliners.net; perhaps it’s because I’m heavily biased towards airplanes. If you have time, go look through that website. It’s quite interesting to see how spotting doesn’t just apply to aircraft.