The Kids Are Alright

And these children that you spit onAs they try to change their worldsAre immune to your consultationsThey’re quite aware of what they’re going through  –  David Bowie On a tour of the Boston area, our guide led us on a brief walk onto the hallowed...

Something that Looked Vaguely Familiar…

Milepost 1125 During our recent visit to Altoona, I was delighted to be tracdkside early enough to catch the arrival of the east bound PENNSYLVANIAN.  As it pulled into the station, I realized that it had a private passenger car in tow. For a minute, I thought I...

Kitbashed Southern Pacific AC-9

Milepost 1124 These shots speak for themselves.  My friend Mel has been reworking some of his earlier efforts in kitbashing a Southern Pacific AC-9 from an old 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward from Rivarossi.  His work is just something else. Mel grew up in Espee Country and...

Newer, Safer Tank Cars

Milepost 1123 In spite of the recent dip in crude oil prices, the ” rolling pipeline” is still a mainstay on America’s railroads.  Most any major line anywhere has seemingly endless strings of tank cars either carrying crude oil or refined oil products to...

Some Things Never Change

It was a seminal moment in my life that cemented what I had already believed. During a bus tour of Boston, our group visited the John F. Kennedy Museum, a mixture of political and social history. On the bus, we each had assigned seats, the better to keep track of the 49 members...

I learned something…

Milepost 1122 From time to time, I’ve seen rail joints painted blue as in this photo.  While we were in Altoona, the railroad was doing some track work along the line around Horseshoe Curve and the equipment was being refueled near a grade crossing where I was taking...

More from Cassandra…

Milepost 1121 Since I had quite a few good shots from Cassandra, I thought I’d share a few more with you before I moved on to a few other things from our recent trip. If you get there early enough… right now, that is sometime before about 9.30 in the morning, you are...

Don’t Breathe

With the end of summer, the area rollercoaster rides soon will close for the season. Lucky for you, the movie “Don’t Breathe” provides a thrill ride. The story centers on three ne’er do well young people who want to rob the home of a blind Armed Forces...

Cassandra Crossing — A GREAT Train Watching Place!

Milepost 1120 Each time we go back to Altoona to spend a little time in the mountains and to watch the heavy NS action, Cassandra Crossing is always one of the highlights of the trip.  You can really get “up close & personal” there as the trains pass mere...

What Is This?

Milepost 1119 One of the more strange things I saw while train watching during our vacation was this sitting on top of a container in a container train.  Anyone have any idea as to exactly what it is? The only thing I can figure is that it is a “containerized”...