Foamers?

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jacon12

Member
I must have been asleep when this one came about, but what does the word foamer mean as it relates to trains and how did it originate?
Jarrell
 

Lady_Railfan

House Mother, Cheerleader
Here are a couple of definitions from our very own Glossary. (See link at the top of the page.)

Foamer: Railfan that behaves unsafely on or near RoW. Probably also a FOMOR.

FOMOR: Foreign Object Meandering On Right-of-way, such as a cow, trespasser, foamer railfan, etc.

Another definition I like is from Henry Kisor's 1994 book, Zephyr: "...a species you'll find everywhere flanged wheel encounters steel rail. A foamer "bubbles at the lips when discussing his favorite subject --- trains."

You won't find any of those around here, of course. :D
 

NWR #200

Irish Expatriate
Lady_Railfan said:
Another definition I like is from Henry Kisor's 1994 book, Zephyr: "...a species you'll find everywhere flanged wheel encounters steel rail. A foamer "bubbles at the lips when discussing his favorite subject --- trains."
I loved that book. Read it in college. Liked the way he goes behind the scenes. Makes you appreciate the onboard staff even more.
 




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