Another Train Video

About 35 seconds in the train lets out its whistle. Love it! It does it a few time through out the video. Enjoy

Steam Locomotives

I used to be very uncomfortable around trains. Oh, all right, I was down right scared of them. My grandmother was hurt in a derailment back in 1970, and although I wasn’t even born at the time, I remember hearing stories.

When Topeka began celebrating the railroad every year, I would admire the different locomotives from a far. To me they were dangerous, and I wouldn’t even step foot on a stationary train. I regret allowing my fear to control my curiousity.

It wasn’t until I began Cherish Me that really began to fall for these giant beauties. They are so magnificent and proud. About a year ago, the girls and I went to the Kansas Museum of History. One of their permanent displays is what is known as The Holliday. It was the closest I had ever gotten to a train.

Over Memorial Weekend, Little Annie Oakley and I got the chance to ride on one of ATSF’s (Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe)later models, the 3415.

If I remember correctly, I believe the conductor said that the 3415 took its first voyage in 1919, over fifty years after my story takes place. For some reason, I think the experience would be very similar, although 3415 is much larger than The Holliday.

So, when you go into an experience with an eye to research you try to encompass all of your senses.

I can’t say that there was a distinctive smell beyond the normal smell of hot roadways. There may have been a slight charcoal smell, but it was not overwhelming. I’ve given you some visuals of the train itself. Now let’s look at some outside the train while in motion.

Little Annie Oakley will probably kill me for posting this one.

puff, Puff, PUFF

Fields of Gold? Not quite. Give it another month and it’ll look like gold silk rolling in gentle waves.
Watch my corn pop up in rows…
I don’t even want to know what is going through your head right now. I can only imagine. I want to show you something though. I hate posting pictures of myself but for the sake of sharing my research I will. See this 1903 dining car? See how closed in it is, all nice and cozy? We didnt’ actually go inside, I glanced and noticed they had restaurant style seating. It looked comfy, but since it was hot outside and the dining windows were dinky. I didn’t argue when Little Annie Oakley suggested we sit in one of the open cars.
I will say it was nice and cool with the breeze blowing when we were in motion. As you can see we had a good time.
Even with a bit of embarassment. See the tiny black dot? Yes? No? Maybe?
Now? I’ll tell you, that ain’t mascara. 🙂
I’ve uploaded videos to my Youtube. I’m posting one here. I’ll post a few more over the weekend too, so that you get an idea of all the sights and sounds.