Posted by: cranky | October 31, 2007

American Locomotive

I remember the fantastic train set that my grandfather built for me when I was a kid in the 1950s.  A mountain with a tunnel for the train to pass through, towns with houses and trees.  It was really fascinating, a labor of love that, as a kid, I did not adequately appreciate the effort and thought that he put into creating this thing that stirred my imagination.  Although I haven’t ridden a passenger train for more than 25 years, I still dream of one day taking a train tour of the West; Colorado, Utah, north to Idaho and back through Montana and Wyoming.

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This locomotive was leading a really long, long train through Montgomery shortly before noon on October 30, 2007.  Love the flag.  It is something uniquely American to do, a pride of being and a thankfulness for the gift and privilege of living in this land.

God bless America.

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Responses

  1. Nice.

    My four year old looooves trains. All boys do, don’t they?

  2. Deb, Duluth Trading company has a cedar train whistle that I just bought. Bigger than it looks in the catalog and sounds just like a train whistle. Just $9.50 and no, I don’t get a commission. Pretty neat, my dogs don’t know what to make of it.

    Looking at trains is just like looking at planes for me. I cannot not look at them and then wonder where they’ve been and where they’re headed.

    PS. Dogs is plural since I adopted a Golden Retriever/Lab mix from the humane shelter on Sunday so Samantha will have some company. Her name is Jessie and she’s a chewer but so sweet I can’t get mad — I just have to train her.

  3. Yes Deb, cuz trains are cool. They’re huge and they’re loud. That’s all it takes for boys.

    I love trains. I tell you, if I’m lying in bed or reading a book late at night, and I hear a far off train blowing the horn at a crossing, just barely audible, it gives me a good feeling. Hard to explain. It’s just a good thing.


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