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.

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

This train is bound for Glory … and Washington, D.C.

August 22, 2002 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA – For train fans, the only thing better than watching trains is riding them. And that’s what I’m about to do. I decided rather than sitting around for my vacation, I’d hop on No. 20 (that’s the Northbound Crescent, for those of you who might not know) and take a trip to Washington, D.C. I’ll depart Atlanta at about 8 p.m. and arrive at Union Station at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. Yes, it’s a long trip, but it’s also an experience. I reserved a coach seat. I thought that would provide me with the best train experience. Besides,

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