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Member Choice AOL 5/21/2001

By G. Adamson, Ft. Pitt Div. LOCKON

America Online (AOL) is the overwhemlinq choice of Internet Service Provider for online TCA members.

Many TCA members have creatively reflected the significance of their hobby by weaving a train-related word into their email addresses. The word “train” or its plural form “trains”, “traynz”, or “trainz” has been most popular; in fact, 137 members of the e—Interchanqe Point used some form of “train.” Some attached a number, expanded it to “trainman” with a number attached or “mytrains” or possessives “....trains”.

Surveying the email addresses of the 2000 Directory, the e-IP database, and the HQ News issues (No one source currently has them all.) revealed many interesting examples. Following ia a compiled list beginning with the word “train”: “toytrain”, “ttrain”, “atrainroom”, “traindad”, trainboy”. “trainbuddy”, “trainguy”, “trainlady”, “trainsfan”, “trainbum”, “trainfolks”, “traingezer”, “traintrack”, “trainfixr”, “trainrepair”, “traintrack”, “trainshack”, “traintracker”, “trainsetc”, “trainmasters”, “trainbuyer”, “trairikeeper”, “traindiezl”, “trainpart”, “trainahoiic”, “train_station”, “trainbarn” , “thetraindoctor”, “traincycle”, “trainmarket”, “trainbasket”, “trajnsndolls”, “trainchief”, “trainhouse”, ‘trainsandthings”, “trainsntoys”, “trajntime”, “trainmannd”, “trainwrk”, “trainco”.

“Train” used as a suffix included: “electrictrains” “Texastrajn”, “oldtrains” , “tootstrains”, “RMCtrains”, “vintagetoytrains”, “Mrtrain”, “voltrain”, “steamtrain”, “rtrainer”, “tinplatetrains”, “tintrajns”, “bigtrain”, “2btrains”, “skitrain”, “sthrntrainmaster” “toystrains”, “mostlytrainsva”, “antiqtrain”, “trackntrains”, “laccotrainsus”, “scaletrains”, and ".....trainoutlet".

To emphasize one’s collecting passion, “tranebrane”, “nutz4trains”, and “railnerd” were all used. (Our survey may have overlooked some good ones, but please forgive. The type is so small in the News or Directory.).

Other variations of “toy” included: “atoytrain”, “toystrains”, “toysteam”, “toyman”, “toydepot”, “toybox”, and “toys—r—emil”.

The number ”#5344” emblematic of Lionel’s scale 700E was also popular. A variation was NYCj1e.” Perusing the email addresses on the lists of members who advertise in the HQ NEWS Interchange Point can prove to be fascinating. A collector may have demonstrated his favorite toy train manufacturer in “Kusanman”, “tycoman”, “hafnerfanY’, “dorf an”, “hornby”, “IVES-STD”, and “marklinforme.” American Flyer collectors used: “AFlines”, “AMflyerfan”, “AFjeff”, “aftrainman”, “AFstrains”, “flyertrains, “myflyertrains”, “john4flyer”’ and “trainAF.”

Of course, the second most frequently used word was “lionel” (31 examples on e-IP) often paired with a name or number or sometimes a prefix or suffix or even “. . . .4Lionel.” These included: “lioneldad”, “lionelnut”, “lionelcollector”, “lioneltrains”, “lioneltrn”, “lionlman”, “lionelparts”, “1ion6464el”, “lionelguy”, “lionelllc”, “lionelmouse”, "lionelf3”.

A Marx enthusiasts chose “marxtin”, “trainmarx”, “marxman”, “marxcolect”, “marlines”. Others nameed their favorite favorite locomotives like “2353”, pennsy236o”, “geegeeone”, “berkshire”, “bigboy”, “dash9”, “sd4oman”, or even consist such as “streamliners.” How about “bigenginejoe” or “boxcar...”, “ioco”, “steam” or “steamer”, “tinplater” or “tinplatejunction”?

Don’t forget “choochoo” sometimes with a name added, a variation “choo2barn”. or “RR.”. There was an “ironhorse.”

Others were: “rails”, “railroad”, “threerail”, “highrails”, “railart”, “kfcrail”, “westrail”, “derail”, “railbymaii”, “railroader”, “modelrailroader”, “rail fan”, “railroadnut”, “whistlepost”, “ironcarshops”, “mrogauge”, “Ogauge”, “Oscale”, “widegauge”, “hopper”, “caboose”, “dmpcar”, “trolley”, “slgnaltwr”, “signaltower”, “station”, “a6464nut”, “zwpower”, “HO.. .“, “modelcrafters”, and enginer (spelling variation).

Famous railroads like “santafe”, “monon”, “chessieman”, “reading”, “KTtrains”, “pennsy”, and “nycentrdl” have been denoted.

Trackage generated: “tracks ide”, “tracman”, “splitrack”, “traintreks”, “railyard”, “railride”, “railrax”, and “slipswitch.”

“Youcantoot” and “clktyclack” were creative... “littlelakeslines” “portlines”, “ruthlines” publicized one’s OWfl railroad. A prominent double-o collector used “00” at the beginning of his email address. Someone was sure to grab “caseyjones.

Thus if you join the Internet and want your address to reflect your hobby (Yes, people used the words “hobby”, "hobbyist”, and “nerdshobby”.), you need to be more creative to avoid any confusion! The words can be reused, however, simply by adding a different number.

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