The most unusual passengers

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
This by no means is a detailed trip log but I HAD to share this picture. I doubt any member of AU has seen something so unusual! This was on train #5 at the Glenwood Springs fresh air stop on Tuesday (07). At first I thought they were mascots paid to entertain the passengers at the stop, but nope. I never got to speak to them to ask their motivation for dressing up the way they were. However, before leaving the train in Emeryville, I did overhear one say it was the other’s first trip via Amtrak. No matter what compelled them, they were having fun and isn’t that what riding the train is all about? I had fun just watching their fun!
 

Attachments

tgstubbs1

OBS Chief
Joined
Mar 3, 2020
Messages
537
I have read a little about 'furries' .

I guess they are basically harmless. A type of fetish, I guess.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
I heard them being called furries throughout the trip but thought it was a term of endearment and not a “thing“ or a “trend”. Still, in my nearly a decade of riding LD trains in the Amtrak system and my more than ten years as a member of AU and Amtrak Facebook groups, I’d never heard anyone discussing them before. I guess I wonder if either I’ve always been on the wrong train at the wrong time to see this or that nobody’s experienced this before on Amtrak. I think it’s the former over the latter probably. As I said above, it added some fun to the trip, seeing how much fun these two guys were having! I head back to Michigan tomorrow, maybe I see something else I’d not experienced before. As is blatantly obvious, the new and different is less expected because I’ve experienced a lot, from having my train’s bag car getting hit by a vehicle to almost any type of severe weather you can imagine…sans hurricanes. Train travel is always an adventure and never ever boring to me.
 

anumberone

Engineer
AU Supporter
Joined
Aug 8, 2015
Messages
3,273
Location
Los Angeles
I heard them being called furries throughout the trip but thought it was a term of endearment and not a “thing“ or a “trend”. Still, in my nearly a decade of riding LD trains in the Amtrak system and my more than ten years as a member of AU and Amtrak Facebook groups, I’d never heard anyone discussing them before. I guess I wonder if either I’ve always been on the wrong train at the wrong time to see this or that nobody’s experienced this before on Amtrak. I think it’s the former over the latter probably. As I said above, it added some fun to the trip, seeing how much fun these two guys were having! I head back to Michigan tomorrow, maybe I see something else I’d not experienced before. As is blatantly obvious, the new and different is less expected because I’ve experienced a lot, from having my train’s bag car getting hit by a vehicle to almost any type of severe weather you can imagine…sans hurricanes. Train travel is always an adventure and never ever boring to me.
Brand new for me also. Anthropomorphic characters. Glad to read it’s not just a California thing.
 

Maglev

Conductor
Joined
Sep 4, 2016
Messages
1,207
Location
Orcas Island, Washington
I used to dress up in suits like that at a department store where I worked for special occasions (for example, I was once the Easter Bunny). They are extremely hot and uncomfortable.
 
Last edited:

Devil's Advocate

‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎
Joined
May 24, 2010
Messages
12,948
Location
EOTL
I can understand hobbies like cosplay but the furry fetish was a bridge too far for me. At first I assumed it was a recent phenomenon but there is a Simpsons joke that seems to reference a scene in The Shining from 1980.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
I used to dress up in suits like that at a department store where I worked for special occasions (for example, I was once the Easter Bunny). They are extremely hot and uncomfortable.
These guys didn’t seem to be complaining. They got into their characters completely. Also, in Colorado the temps were around freezing so I’m sure they weren’t uncomfortable. I didn’t see them in costume on the train, as I assume they took off the costumes asap upon getting on board.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
One of the gifts of the Internet is that, however unusual your predilections may be, you can easily find an online community to bond with.
I’m not sure what that has to do with the discussion in this thread, no matter how true your statement is….which is spot on, just off topic.
 

Seaboard92

Engineer
Joined
Dec 31, 2014
Messages
4,515
Location
South Carolina
I actually attempted to run a charter trip for the furry community once because one of my former best friends who is in the railroad community is in that community. From attempting to run that trip I learned they can be quite cheap they didn't want to pay for the PV trip from NYP to PGH with three or four nights ( I can't remember now) sleeping on the railcar. In all practical purposes it would have been cheaper than a hotel and transit for them. But they didn't buy a single ticket. Those suits they wear are well over five thousand if I remember what my former friend paid for his Beaver.

I saw them once getting on a Cascade at Seattle once as well. I think they are mostly harmless but the Kremlin is considering labeling them as an extremist group so who knows.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
So, other than Furries, How is your trip?
Great so far! Everyone was so great on #5. I had a fantastic attendant, who had Amtrak employee friends in common with me, both on the Empire Builder and California Zephyr, so it was great trading updates and also had fun communicating with friends for him and vice versa (of course he couldn’t do it himself being he was working). Even if nothing of these sorts, like with the furries and I’d not uttered a word to anyone, just watching the scenery go by is great fun for me!
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
I actually attempted to run a charter trip for the furry community once because one of my former best friends who is in the railroad community is in that community. From attempting to run that trip I learned they can be quite cheap they didn't want to pay for the PV trip from NYP to PGH with three or four nights ( I can't remember now) sleeping on the railcar. In all practical purposes it would have been cheaper than a hotel and transit for them. But they didn't buy a single ticket. Those suits they wear are well over five thousand if I remember what my former friend paid for his Beaver.

I saw them once getting on a Cascade at Seattle once as well. I think they are mostly harmless but the Kremlin is considering labeling them as an extremist group so who knows.
I might be private messaging you on my way home. I was talking to a gentleman from Baltimore, who was interested in the possibility of doing a private car trip and you came to mind. I’ll talk to him further in the next couple of days and if he’s still interested in that possibility as he’ll be on 6 with me tomorrow. I’ll direct him your way if he is. He’s not currently an AU member, so I’ll have him sign up.
 
Last edited:

SarahZ

Quality Control
Joined
May 8, 2011
Messages
8,365
Location
KAL
It’s not necessarily a “fetish”. Some people do it because they don’t feel comfortable as themselves (extreme social anxiety) and enjoy life much more as their “fursona”. The costumes can become quite expensive and elaborate.

It doesn’t bother me. They aren’t hurting anyone. /shrug
 

Ziv

OBS Chief
Joined
Oct 25, 2011
Messages
928
I hear you about acting differently when wearing a costume. I worked for Phillips By the Sea in OC MD way back in the day and I wore the 8' tall blue crab suit when the dining room was slow. So I would prowl up and down the boardwalk and have fun while advertising the restaurant. In real life I am a reasonably well adjusted introvert but when I put the crab suit on I was a non-talkative but very gregarious and friendly crab.

It’s not necessarily a “fetish”. Some people do it because they don’t feel comfortable as themselves (extreme social anxiety) and enjoy life much more as their “fursona”. The costumes can become quite expensive and elaborate.

It doesn’t bother me. They aren’t hurting anyone. /shrug
 

Seaboard92

Engineer
Joined
Dec 31, 2014
Messages
4,515
Location
South Carolina
I might be private messaging you on my way home. I was talking to a gentleman from Baltimore, who was interested in the possibility of doing a private car trip and you came to mind. I’ll talk to him further in the next couple of days and if he’s still interested in that possibility as he’ll be on 6 with me tomorrow. I’ll direct him your way if he is. He’s not currently an AU member, so I’ll have him sign up.
Feel free to message me anytime. I'll try to respond as fast as I can. I try to check AU at least once a day on my laptop on work trips. Especially when I have threads I'm monitoring closely.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
Feel free to message me anytime. I'll try to respond as fast as I can. I try to check AU at least once a day on my laptop on work trips. Especially when I have threads I'm monitoring closely.
As I said he and I are going end to end together so I’ll make sure I touch base with him and you too.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
I firmly don’t believe these two ”furrie“ people had insecurity issues or any psychological problems. They would change out of their costumes once reboarding, ate meals in the dining car in their ”normal“ clothes and walk throughout the train as well. I truly think they did it for entertainment purposes, nothing more or less, probably hoping they’d see some children to interact with. Ironically there no kids riding this train AFIAK, except MAYBE in coach, but definitely none in the sleepers. They did entertain us older folk and lots of us took pictures, some posed with them.

In my opening post on this thread, I doubted if anyone had seen similar on the train. From the responses, many of you had heard of them, seen them elsewhere, dressed up as characters, etc. But it’s probably pretty obvious my experience is unique on the AU board seeing passengers dress up as furries. It’s an experience I’ll always remember as I said earlier. Most importantly it put a smile on my face.
 

Cal

Foamer
Joined
Jan 23, 2021
Messages
3,367
Location
Socal
I’ve seen a log of stigma around furries, people using it as a derogatory word. It’s nice to see people actually accepting people for just engaging in their hobby.
 

tim49424

Engineer
Joined
Dec 20, 2010
Messages
5,392
Location
Holland, MI
I’ve seen a log of stigma around furries, people using it as a derogatory word. It’s nice to see people actually accepting people for just engaging in their hobby.
I guess I’m one of those who don’t use it as a derogatory term being I just learned it when it was explained to me in this thread. When I first saw them I thought they were station mascots in Glenwood Springs as I stated earlier. I’m very accepting of most people so I’m not going to exclude ones I know nothing about. Really, the only type of people I don’t accept are wrong doers either for others or myself and even with them, I have a second chance policy, but burn that and you’re excluded.
 
Top