Train enthusiasts


#1

I have an interest in railways and trains, watch videos, study rail networks, etc. Is this idol worship?


#2

Why do you think it might be idol worship?
Mary.


#3

Anything can become "idol worship" if we place it before God in our hearts.

But having an interest in something -- even a passionate interest -- does not automatically make it an idol.


#4

Seek professional help.


#5

Do you worship trains?

Do you enjoy trains?

Do you worship God and have an interest in trains?

Do you meet your obligations to God?

Are trains the most important thing in your life?

Worship and enjoyment or interest are not the same.


#6

No it’s not.

I love trains too.

Which country’s trains do you like the most?

I love British trains.

Here’s a couple of favourites:

youtube.com/watch?v=qOtb0zGH-vA&list=PL202742BB0135A512

youtube.com/watch?v=aTxiz6dJIjA&list=PL202742BB0135A512


#7

[quote="triumphguy, post:6, topic:335454"]
No it's not.

I love trains too.

Which country's trains do you like the most?

I love British trains.

Here's a couple of favourites:

youtube.com/watch?v=qOtb0zGH-vA&list=PL202742BB0135A512

youtube.com/watch?v=aTxiz6dJIjA&list=PL202742BB0135A512

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Billowing clouds of smoke. Awesome!

How fast do you think that one in at the beginning of the first video is going?

Makes me want to go do burnouts in the SVT. :D

-Tim-


#8

Hi,

I like Ireland and UK mainly. I Know the London Underground pretty well at this stage…

No interest in North American yet.

I suppose it’s a matter of never letting it get before God.

Seeking professional help, that sounds a bit harsh. I can’t really go into my GP and tell him I’m interested in trains man, he’ll just think I’m not well.


#9

[quote="TimothyH, post:7, topic:335454"]
Billowing clouds of smoke. Awesome!

How fast do you think that one in at the beginning of the first video is going?

Makes me want to go do burnouts in the SVT. :D

-Tim-

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Not sure about that train in the vid ... which is actually the same model as the "Hogwarts Express"

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/39/Hogwarts_Express_at_York.jpg/640px-Hogwarts_Express_at_York.jpg

BTW these trains AVERAGED 80mph or more.

However, this train, The Union of South Africa LNER Class A4 was designed to sustain speeds of 100mph

youtube.com/watch?v=_PMVfhWqjKo&list=PL202742BB0135A512

you have to wait a few seconds to see it.

Here it is at full speed: youtube.com/watch?v=75zCi-0OM9U

Awesome for a steam train!!!

The most famous A4 train was 4468 Mallard

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/Number_4468_Mallard_in_York.jpg/640px-Number_4468_Mallard_in_York.jpg


#10

[quote="bgn2000, post:8, topic:335454"]
Hi,

I like Ireland and UK mainly. I Know the London Underground pretty well at this stage..

No interest in North American yet.

I suppose it's a matter of never letting it get before God.

Seeking professional help, that sounds a bit harsh. I can't really go into my GP and tell him I'm interested in trains man, he'll just think I'm not well.

[/quote]

Do you wear an anorak?

If so you're hooped:p

Just kidding.

You are right about not letting things get before God. Some people struggle with porn... trains are safer:D

My real passion is motorbikes, and I could easily let that get before family, work, and God too!


#11

[quote="bgn2000, post:8, topic:335454"]
Seeking professional help, that sounds a bit harsh. I can't really go into my GP and tell him I'm interested in trains man, he'll just think I'm not well.

[/quote]

Your GP is probably not equipped to deal with whatever problems you are having. Your previous posts indicate problems with obsession and great anxiety. Please seek some mental health care and spiritual care as well. Find a good confessor and spiritual director whom you can trust, and listen to their advice.


#12

[quote="bgn2000, post:8, topic:335454"]

Seeking professional help, that sounds a bit harsh. I can't really go into my GP and tell him I'm interested in trains man, he'll just think I'm not well.

[/quote]

Yep. He would indeed. He would probably refer you to a mental health specialist who can help with issues of OCD or anxiety. That was probably the poster's point. There's no legitimate reason to think that an interest in trains is idolotry. Even if you spent your rent money on little trees for your model trains display, or your wife left you three months ago and you still haven't noticed because you spend every moment on the internet looking at trains, it still probably wouldn't rise to the point of actual idolatry. It would probably be sinful at that point and a huge misuse of time and resources, though.


#13

*"Your GP is probably not equipped to deal with whatever problems you are having. Your previous posts indicate problems with obsession and great anxiety. Please seek some mental health care and spiritual care as well. Find a good confessor and spiritual director whom you can trust, and listen to their advice".
*

This statement was surely said in jest or it is singularly THE most ridiculous topic reply I have ever seen on any internet forum. And anyway, many clergymen have been, or are, train nuts: Eric Treacy, Rev. Awdry, Teddy Boston, the list is endless. Perhaps they should all have seen a shrink too?

Best wishes,
Padster.


#14

I find nothing silly about my advice. It was based on a previous post by the OP, which said

and

Either we were trolled (likely; this poster has not come back) or this is someone who needs professional help for his mental issues.


#15

It is possible it was a troll, I suppose. Or someone with a sarcastic sense of humour. Whatever the motivation, the suggestion that an obsession with trains requires psychiatric assessment is ridiculous and an insult to those who are really mentally ill. It is a little like comparing overeating with an alcohol or drug addiction. The advice to this 'anorak' is simple and does not require the services of a shrink: he simply needs to get out more.

Best wishes,
Padster


#16

[quote="triumphguy, post:6, topic:335454"]
No it's not.

I love trains too.

Which country's trains do you like the most?

I love British trains.

Here's a couple of favourites:

youtube.com/watch?v=qOtb0zGH-vA&list=PL202742BB0135A512

youtube.com/watch?v=aTxiz6dJIjA&list=PL202742BB0135A512

[/quote]

Well whaddya know, I love British (and Canadian) trains too. Well, all trains really, but especially British and Canadian. My motto is "planes, trains and automobiles". I have a pilot's license, a HO scale model railway in permanent early stages of construction in the basement, and I love offbeat small European cars (I drive a Golf diesel which in Europe isn't an oddity but it is in N. America).

It may also surprise you to know (or maybe not) that the abbot of the monastery I'm associated with is also a train enthusiast. When he was elected abbot in 2006 as a gift I gave him a subscription to "Classic Trains" and we periodically exchange train books; we often chat about our love of trains when I'm at the abbey.

Trains are great, a fun way to travel. I used to frequently do Montreal-Toronto on business and would always take the train instead of flying. It didn't end up taking that much longer, door-to-door as I had an hour of driving as well, at each end of the journey.

My favourite British railways are the Southern Railway and the Great Western Railway. Ever been to the Severn Valley Railway (preserved steam railway in the Midlands)? It's simply fantastic!

If loving trains are a sin, I'm in deep eternal doo-doo!


#17

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