There are lots of terms/colloquialisms used to describe railway enthusiasts: trainspotters, trainophiles, anoraks, trainbuffs, gricers, foamers, Zeds, ferroequinologists, bashers and the list goes on. You may have gathered that some of these terms are somewhat derogatory.
My favourite is the Australian expression gunzel. It is derived from an American term for a hoodlum but in the Aussie context refers to a trainspotter who does dangerous or foolish things to see or photograph a rail engine/carriage/railcar etc.
Obviously our trio of steam train enthusiasts discussing the 1893 Manchester built Beyer-Peacock steam engine are not gunzels, they also don't have cameras or notepads, so they're not even trainspotters or Zeds. I think i'll call them plain ordinary railbuffs.
Is there a term for someone who photographs railbuffs? Perhaps the gricerazzi!
Is there a term for someone who photographs the chimneys of steam trains? Perhaps a stackbuff!
OK, there's my tenuous connection between the theme day and this silly post!
On the 1st day of each month the City Daily Photo Community comes together and shoots to a common theme, Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
The portal appears to be down again on CDP so here is a link to the alternative/back up posting site.
Thanks Julie from Sydney Eye for quickly getting this going again.