I’ve thought of that too, Chad. Probably some good, some bad. On a fire department training with Rail Link, I was able to go inside one of their locomotives and found it rather primitive in there, but I’d still like to go along with them for a trip, say, to Seattle and back.
I rode a train once…when I was about 5. I remember the egg salad sandwiches – horrible. ;o) I’m wanting to take a train ride down the Pacific coast. I think it’d be beautiful. Merry Christmas!
Taking a train down the coast would be a very pretty ride! In about ’94 there was still passenger service between here and Missoula and we made sure our kids made the trip there (with my Mother) for a day of shopping, which they all really liked. It doesn’t happen any more.
I love this! I have such a fascination with trains. What an excellent perspective as the train moves toward you from beyond the beautiful mountains. Wow! I would love to ride the train through the rugged wilderness and across the high span bridges…. with a camera, of course!
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours from Preston and I.
I also have a fascination with them and one of our old friends really loves them. I take lots of pictures of them for her. There used to be passenger service on the line that goes along the Clark Fork river here, but no more. There is still Amtrak service across the northern part of the state, but it loses so much money.
That train was really posing for you. My dad loved trains, real trains, model trains. He was always looking for cool train rides to take. They did the Durango one which I guess is awesome. We did the Williams to Grand Canyon one which was just okay. There’s a nice Verde Canyon one that I did with my mom after my dad died. Trains are neat.
The trains in this area are doing very well, which is good because they are so much more fuel efficient than truck or air freight. They are not viable for passenger service here though and I miss that.
Merry Christmas Terry. Gosh! Those were the days when you could hop a train to Missoula. A few years ago a friend and I took a Rail Link tour from Missoula to Sandpoint. I’ll never ever forget the look of delight on his face as we climbed Evaro Hill. There is something magical about train travel.
Great perspective, trains are one of those items that seem to transcend their age and the ages of all who view them. For me trains were never a logistical part of my life, but the Lionel sets are a memory that my cousins and I shared with my grandparents and parents and aunts and uncles. How fitting for the holiday season when so many boys and girls have a past train set as one of their most exciting gift memories.