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The single b.g.c. hit is for a (joke) secondary reference. --Connel MacKenzie 17:01, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

It's mentioned at w:Railfan, FWIW. —scs 17:21, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
No idea how you cite stuff here, but it does appear in a Google book search (much to my surprise): The Aldrich Dictionary of Phobias and Other Word Families. The term is mainly used within the worldwide railway enthusiast community, and therefore is unlikely to appear much in 'official tomes'. A Google search lists 600+ hits. -- EdJogg 13:53, 13 December 2006 (UTC)
Other dictionaries are not acceptable sources for RFV, unless they give citations (as the OED does), especially dictionaries that just collect together words without consideration of whether they are used or have ever been used. — Paul G 18:08, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

This word doesn't appear in OED 1st, Webster's New Universal, MW 10th Collegiate, or any other dictionary I have at hand, but it has definitely been in use, perhaps in wide-spread use, within the community of railrans and model railroad fans, for at least thirty years. Cryptonymius 07:13, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

This word is in common usage within the railfan and model railroad community. There is a Flickr group using that name ("This is a gathering place for all art related to railroading all over the world!") and a number of railfan photo essay and model railroad websites use it ([1], [2], [3], [4], [5] and [6] are all listed on the first two pages of Google hits). I'm sure I've seen it used in the model railroad press before, but it's not a term that is indexed at The Model Train Magazine Index yet. 12:44, 20 December 2006 (UTC) (User:Slambo on en.Wikipedia)

There are a few hits for ferroequinologist, a construction that can not exist unless there is a ferroequinology for someone to be an -ist of. See:
Trains (1954) p. 20:
And because you care, you've automatically classified yourself as a railfan (alias railroad enthusiast, train-watcher, ferroequinologist).
I'd say we should count these towards the verification of the word from which they are derived. Cheers! bd2412 T 19:45, 29 March 2007 (UTC)
Rfvpassed. Andrew massyn 15:24, 15 April 2007 (UTC)


So what do you call the study of horseshoes, or horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)? PierreAbbat 03:31, 13 August 2007 (UTC)