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#61 MrFSS

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 10:26 AM

It has been a number of months since this topic was at the top of the list. We have had a lot of new members join. Perhaps some would like to respond with what their screen name means.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 10:51 AM

Mine is simple: my first and last initials spelled out.
Amtrak Routes Traveled: City of New Orleans, State House/Lincoln Service, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, Capitol Limited, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited
Pre-Amtrak Routes Traveled: Empire Builder (Great Northern), North Coast Limited (Northern Pacific), Abraham Lincoln (Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio), City of Hinkle (Union Pacific)
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Bustitution Miles: 362

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 01:34 PM

Wayman was my grandfather's middle name, and has a sort of traveling sound to it; I've used it on other forums, too.

My grandfather grew up in extremely rural WV. The oldest of three kids, when the Depression struck and he was in his early-20s he left home and traveled west to find work and send money back to his family. He hopped freight trains or hitchhiked from WV to Seattle, and stayed in cheap motels most nights. On the back of a motel business card he recorded the cities he traveled between on each day, and someday I hope to take a cross country trip--by car, not freight!!!--following his route as best I can and do some railfanning in each location.

(Over the generations, my ancestors migrated from the east coast to the west coast and back again. I was born in LYH and now live in Philadelphia. So "my train" is the Crescent, just like Bill Haithcoat :lol: )

Edited by wayman, 15 November 2007 - 01:35 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 01:53 PM

Wikipedia:"In the United States, what are now known as cadences were called jody calls from a recurring character, a civilian named "Jody". Jody refers to a civilian who remains at home instead of joining the military service. Jody will take advantage of your girlfriend in your absence. Jody stays at home, drives the soldier's car, and gets the soldier's sweetheart while the soldier is in boot camp or in country." Jodies also hang around bars at military towns and pick up the wives left behind, thus the name, jody bar.


As stated in the Jody posts, I wasn't one, the other party was. I was on my way home from a rendezvous ;) with my husband at trainup for OIF and a few short weeks away from his deployment to the combat zone. Since then, I've had an interesting conversation with another employee. After describing the event I was told the following: "oh, that must have been ______, don't mind him, he's gay, he's harmless." I said, no, not his name. Then she said another name and again I said no. Amtrak is truly a unique place and I've had several good trips since. Jody

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:11 PM

Mine was born out of exasperation; I kept hitting hadley1,2,3,4 and Juno wouldn't take it (somebody already was using it.) I went so far that when I got to the number 8 I just threw it in the middle of our last name and it took. Computers are not my bag...


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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:55 PM

Wayman was my grandfather's middle name, and has a sort of traveling sound to it; I've used it on other forums, too.

My grandfather grew up in extremely rural WV. The oldest of three kids, when the Depression struck and he was in his early-20s he left home and traveled west to find work and send money back to his family. He hopped freight trains or hitchhiked from WV to Seattle, and stayed in cheap motels most nights. On the back of a motel business card he recorded the cities he traveled between on each day, and someday I hope to take a cross country trip--by car, not freight!!!--following his route as best I can and do some railfanning in each location.

(Over the generations, my ancestors migrated from the east coast to the west coast and back again. I was born in LYH and now live in Philadelphia. So "my train" is the Crescent, just like Bill Haithcoat :lol: )


A couple of things, Wayman. One, my sister went to school at Averitt Colelge in nearby Danville, Va.About 1954, it was an all-female sort of finishing school at that time.

Which brings up an old railroad song, "The Wreck of Old 97". Have you heard of that? It was a true story. Old number 97 was a mail train and it did wreck betwen Lynchburg and Danville, early 1900's. I am sure you can call it up on the internet. My mother used to sing that song to me.

In the song there is a mention of "it was not 38 but was old 97". Number 38 happened to be the old number of the Crescent (nos 37-38). So, in a round about way, even the old pre-Amtrak Crescent is referred to in that song.

I had the pleasure ot taking my mother on the train from ATl to NYC in her later declining years, we had a great trip, and I was able to show her the old 97 territory which she had sung to me so many times when I was a child. Parkinsons's got her voice so she could not sing anymore at the time of that trip but I know she would have if she could have.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:29 PM

I don't know how I missed this topic originally, but, I'll chip in now.

Not very creative with mine either. Much like someone else (COMO, I think) said, it is simply where I live--St Louis, and a female, so, I just threw them together. I've used this name for a few years, so, it kind of comes natural to me now. Haven't lived in St Louis all my life, but, I couldn't figure out how to make a decent name out of the other places I've lived (Las Vegas, NV and central Iowa). Like I said, I'm not very creative with my thoughts....
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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:58 PM

F-100 Super Sabre-First operational supersonic jet fighter. Great for air to ground, did not want to end up in air to air with a Mig. Had a remarkaable career with the USAF and other nations until 1979. Fond memories.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 09:32 PM

There's no hidden meaning in mine, just a reference to what is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting (and certainly influental) sagas in railroad history.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 11:05 PM

I chose "Southern Belle" because the Southern Belle which was operated by by the Kansas City Southern Railway was the first train I ever rode on. It must have been about 1952 because I was seven years old. My parents and I traveled from Alexandria, LA, to New Orleans.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 09:19 AM

Sorry I've been out sick for a number of days and am catching up.

Fr = Father
J = Initial of my first name
1983 = year of ordination

However, I'm no longer "pastoring" and have gone on to become a Librarian.
I've just always kept the handle since my using it in earlier forums.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:05 AM

I wanted to be sure taht I didn't already answer this question, so I went back and read a lot of the posts. Turns out I haven't explained myself yet, but I learned a lot about y'all while searching.

Neat stuff out there!

I use VentureForth because I love to travel places that I've never been. God's only got me here for a few years so I want to see as much as He's made in that short period of time.

I started with the name when I joined Geocaching about 7 years ago. For those that don't know, it's a GPS based 'treasure hunting' game. Sometimes takes you in and out of a lot of places you'd otherwise never venture to.

My tagline (that I don't really use any more) was: "GO! And don't be afraid to get a little wet!" was a two part message. First, in Geocaching, you're likely to wind up on the wrong side of a creek, river, or something. Not to mention when you're about a mile from your car, that's when the rain is queued to turn on. Second 'philisophical' meaning is more like saying don't be afraid to try something new.

I've kept the name through almost all forums that I'm a member of. Life is a journey. Venture forth, and don't be afraid to get a little wet!

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:24 AM

Joey B Joey is my first name and B is my initial of my last name, alot of friends call me Joey B, or JD cause I like Jack Daniels.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 10:36 AM

I chose "Southern Belle" because the Southern Belle which was operated by by the Kansas City Southern Railway was the first train I ever rode on. It must have been about 1952 because I was seven years old. My parents and I traveled from Alexandria, LA, to New Orleans.




Anf it must be noted that those Kansas City Southern trains, the Southern Belle and some others, were neat and beautiful trains. I never had the pleasure of riding them or even seeing them. But I have spotted a car or two from them over the years.

It must further be noted that KCS was one fo those lines that struggled more valiantly than most to keep the passenger train alive. Some roads threw their hands up and gave up soon, but KCS, along with Union Pacific, Seaboard Coast Line, Illinois Central, Santa Fe, were among those that tried to hold on tight. I'm probably leaving out somebody.

Edited by Bill Haithcoat, 16 November 2007 - 10:37 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2007 - 12:31 PM

Smith is my last name and train because this is the Amtrak forum. I have a very hard time coming up with screen names with Smith in them. Not surprising. :lol:

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 02:47 PM

Which brings up an old railroad song, "The Wreck of Old 97". Have you heard of that? It was a true story. Old number 97 was a mail train and it did wreck betwen Lynchburg and Danville, early 1900's. I am sure you can call it up on the internet. My mother used to sing that song to me.

In the song there is a mention of "it was not 38 but was old 97". Number 38 happened to be the old number of the Crescent (nos 37-38). So, in a round about way, even the old pre-Amtrak Crescent is referred to in that song.


I did grow up with that song... other railroad songs, too, but for obvious reasons "Old 97" was my favorite. I vaguely recall that I had it on one of those "book-and-record" deals where there was a ten-inch-square paperback with illustrations and lyrics, and stapled in just before the back cover was one of those floppy square one-song records you unbound and played on a record player. Probably produced by the Roanoke railway museum or some such, but I don't remember--I must have been 5 at the time!

No idea what part of my parents' attic that book-and-record inhabit, but I think I know where to look for my old audio cassette of railroad songs (which probably includes "Old 97"--it was a mix tape). If I find it when I'm down there for Thanksgiving, I'll bring it back with me and convert all the tracks (er, no pun intended!) to MP3s. I'm sure there are lots of good things there I haven't heard in twenty years.
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Posted 16 November 2007 - 04:42 PM

Which brings up an old railroad song, "The Wreck of Old 97". Have you heard of that? It was a true story. Old number 97 was a mail train and it did wreck betwen Lynchburg and Danville, early 1900's. I am sure you can call it up on the internet. My mother used to sing that song to me.

In the song there is a mention of "it was not 38 but was old 97". Number 38 happened to be the old number of the Crescent (nos 37-38). So, in a round about way, even the old pre-Amtrak Crescent is referred to in that song.


I did grow up with that song... other railroad songs, too, but for obvious reasons "Old 97" was my favorite. I vaguely recall that I had it on one of those "book-and-record" deals where there was a ten-inch-square paperback with illustrations and lyrics, and stapled in just before the back cover was one of those floppy square one-song records you unbound and played on a record player. Probably produced by the Roanoke railway museum or some such, but I don't remember--I must have been 5 at the time!

No idea what part of my parents' attic that book-and-record inhabit, but I think I know where to look for my old audio cassette of railroad songs (which probably includes "Old 97"--it was a mix tape). If I find it when I'm down there for Thanksgiving, I'll bring it back with me and convert all the tracks (er, no pun intended!) to MP3s. I'm sure there are lots of good things there I haven't heard in twenty years.


Just to be historically accurate. I looked this wreck up and it happened on 9/27/07. That train number 38, then, referred to in an earlier post, would not have been The Crescent, as the Crescent (origiinally called the Crescent Limited) did not begin service untill about 1929. SO....that would have been some other train with those pre-Amtrak numbers. Possibly a nameless train since a lot of trains did not have names back then.

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 05:06 PM

Just to be historically accurate. I looked this wreck up and it happened on 9/27/07. That train number 38, then, referred to in an earlier post, would not have been The Crescent, as the Crescent (origiinally called the Crescent Limited) did not begin service untill about 1929. SO....that would have been some other train with those pre-Amtrak numbers. Possibly a nameless train since a lot of trains did not have names back then.

It must have been one of the premier fast trains on the route to get the mention it did in the song. Most likely had a name that was later changed to Crescent. Wasn't something like the Washington and New Orleans Vestibuled Limited? My grandmother had the song on a 78 rpm and an old wind up Victrola to play it on.

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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:01 PM

Mine's pretty dull too, and I don't have an excuse: I write for a living!

My name's Jim. I live in Va. Hence, JimInVa.

I wasn't born here or raised here, but moved to the DC area because my employer moved me. It's just a temporary move...I've only been here 19 years! :lol:

Trying to relocate back home to the Finger Lakes area of New York State, but nobody wants to buy my house. :-( Mild summers, great fishing, hiking, boating, cheap housing and terrific food. So what if it snows five months out of the year? You can always take in an icy gorge or (if you're that type) head out on a snowmobile.

I grew up on the snowy side of Lake Ontario...average snowfall 400 inches + every season. Now THAT'S snow!
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Posted 17 November 2007 - 12:14 PM

Mine's pretty dull too, and I don't have an excuse: I write for a living!

My name's Jim. I live in Va. Hence, JimInVa.

I wasn't born here or raised here, but moved to the DC area because my employer moved me. It's just a temporary move...I've only been here 19 years! :lol:

Trying to relocate back home to the Finger Lakes area of New York State, but nobody wants to buy my house. :-( Mild summers, great fishing, hiking, boating, cheap housing and terrific food. So what if it snows five months out of the year? You can always take in an icy gorge or (if you're that type) head out on a snowmobile.

I grew up on the snowy side of Lake Ontario...average snowfall 400 inches + every season. Now THAT'S snow!

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