Railfanning is a lot like planning a genealogy research trip. There's equipment to be packed, maps consulted, a lot of time in the car. The end result could be success or a big zero.
Yesterday I took the railfan to Fort Bend County. For two hours we saw nothing.
Genealogists know what it feels like to find nothing. Sometimes you can make all the research plans and preparations in the world and find nothing.
Railfans, like genealogists, also know never to give up, because if you keep searching you just might hit the jackpot.
And sometimes, when it looks like your genealogy search is finished, you give it just one more try. One more search of the shelf or microfilm before you go.
Railfans have these crossroads, too. And when they decide to push forward, even when the clock is telling them to go home, they see that sometimes lightning strikes twice and their determination is worth it.
This railfan has found his life's passion and for that I am truly thankful.