Todd DeFeo
About Todd DeFeo
Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and The Travel Trolley.

An ‘Appalling Catastrophe’

February 1, 2004 Todd DeFeo 0

At about 8 p.m. on Sept. 29, 1906, a northbound Louisville & Nashville Railroad passenger train — No. 102 — steamed towards a swing bridge crossing the Cumberland River. Near the overpass, a glowing red light broke the night’s darkness, signaling for an approaching train to stop.

Amtrak No. 40: Time for a Paintjob?

July 1, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — On a recent jaunt to Washington, D.C., on Amtrak’s Crescent, I noticed something on the train’s lead Genesis unit. It needs a paint job. I’m not sure why it struck me. Perhaps, it was the most detailed examination of a Genesis unit I had ever given. So, on my way down the stairs leading to the plat- form, I snapped a picture and captured the moment on film. In the scheme of railfanning, it’s not an Earth shattering development. But, nonetheless, I found the picture compelling and be worthy of publication here. The picture isn’t typical of what

Railfanning is Fun, But Safety is Key

June 14, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

I always play it safe when I take to a trackside location to railfan. Safety is my — and should be all railfans’ — No. 1 priority. For example, if you’re watching trains from a railroad crossing, abide by the law and stay behind the gates.

Hit the rails

May 18, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

Whether it be steam or diesel that strikes your fancy, there are plenty of nearby railroad museums for train enthusiasts. Throughout Tennessee and Kentucky, more than a half dozen museums await exploration by anxious railroad buffs.

What is it about railfanning?

March 25, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

It starts with the ringing of at a grade crossing. Then, there’s sound of a whistle blowing in the distance. It’s coming closer. Long, long, short, long – indicating the train is approaching a grade crossing.

Night Moves

August 31, 2002 Todd DeFeo 0

SPARTENBURG, S.C. – It’s probably fair to say that I’m a bit of a night owl. And that’s probably a good thing on this trip. I find myself sitting in the club car early in the morning. The trip is a pleasant on, albeit a long one. The conductors sit on the other side of the car. With one ear, I listen to them mingling and talking about friends and life on the railroad. With the other, I keep an ear on my portable scanner and listen to the engineer to track the train’s progress. Just then I hear him

Just Another Whistle Stop

August 31, 2002 Todd DeFeo 0

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – I sit in the lounge car, drinking a beer, watching towns fly by like a a blur, as if they don’t exist. But with every passing light, there are a thousand stories. I wonder if the people watch the train fly by at night. I can only imagine sitting on the front porch in a rocking chair, like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting that touches the heart of America, enjoying the rush that is a passing train. Some of these towns are nothing more than a blip on the map, literally just another whistle

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