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English citations of trainiac

Noun: "(informal) a railway enthusiast"[edit]

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  • 2001 — Kathie Weir, A Parent's Guide to Los Angeles: Friendly Advice for Touring Los Angeles with Children, Mars Publishing, Inc. (2001), →ISBN, page 29:
    The Lomita Railroad Museum was once a regular stop on our shopping trips, a little reward for my trainiac.
  • 2006 — James B. Twitchell, Where Men Hide, Columbia University Press (2006), →ISBN, page 77:
    There are still trainiacs, for sure — approximately 300,000 hardcore train hobbyists in the United States, who spend about $500 million on their passion.
  • 2009 — Marty Nazzaro, The City of Presidents, FriesenPress (2009), →ISBN, page 51:
    As he looked around, Stevie laughed at the way he looked compared to his traveling trainiacs.
  • 2009 — "Slower than a speeding bullet", The Economist, 8 April 2009:
    But there must be a national strategy before the rubber hits the road or, as trainiacs prefer to say, the wheel hits the steel.
  • 2009Arrive, May/June 2009, page 21 (ad copy):
    Plus discover special offers and promotions specially designed to make any trainiac go choo-choo!
  • 2010 — Stephen Fried, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West, Bantam Books (2010), →ISBN, page 393:
    Kimball, one of his top animators, was obsessed with model railroading — a true trainiac.
  • 2010 — Jennifer McKerley & Shirley Raye Redmond, Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks, Langdon Street Press (2010), →ISBN, page 80:
    This tale about an obscure, but all-American "horse hero" has child appeal and would be marketable to adult "trainiacs" at the nearly 300 railroad museums in the United States with bookstores/gift shops.
  • 2011 — September 29, Chuck Lorre, Eric Kaplan & Jim Reynolds, "The Pulled Groin Extrapolation", episode 5-3 of The Big Bang Theory, 00:10:27-00:10:32:
    Sheldon Cooper: It's official. I'm an HO trainiac.
  • 2012 — Eric Peterson, Frommer's Montana and Wyoming, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2012), →ISBN, page 394:
    The Union Pacific Depot was restored to its original condition and is worth visiting even if you're not a railroad buff — but if you are, start here and then pick up the brochure "Tracking Trains in Cheyenne" from the information center in the depot lobby: It's a great resource for trainiacs, covering historic rail landmarks and the best places to gawk at the real thing.