Posts Tagged ‘track’

Train of thought…

November 14, 2013

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A train pulls in (I can’t say, “steams in”, any more!) One journey is over…and another, soon to begin. For a brief while, many unconnected people will share a small space together…some of them will strike up conversations, others will remain blissfully unaware of how may others are travelling with them.

Several agencies swing into action; the train is cleaned, the engine maintenance done, the catering supplies unloaded and loaded, connections between the carriages checked, and so the long list goes…before the announcement that this train is about to go out, once again, ferrying its load from one city to another….

Meetings happen, partings happen. Someone said that a station is one place where emotions can still be seen in the raw. Happiness, sadness, or even loss as someone discovers a missing wallet, mobile phone, or even luggage….

Trains and stations are bustling places…train travel is still magical to me.

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The Wabash Railroad, Wildwood, Mo, 040813

August 5, 2013

We heard about the

The

Wabash Railroad

and decided that we’d go for the ride on Sunday.

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We found that it was a tiny railroad, with engines built to scale:

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Here’s a video of a t rain leaving:

DS cycled up and back, a matter of about 60 miles! This left a seat free in the car for our friend Karthik O.

Here’s the family:

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Here’s the yard:

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This notice on the water tower was hilarious…”not for human consumption”…but apparently, the trainmaster is not considered human!

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We went chugging past the limestone bluffs of the area:

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The tracks crisscrossed many walking and cycling trails. I loved this tandem bike with a provision for a young child!

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Here’s another locomotive, built to scale:

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There were lots of volunteers to man the railroad, here’s one being the guardsman:

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We were thrilled that the train ran through Mohan, Missouri!

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A filming crew was at work, and our train ride took a long time as we were held up.

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Mother and daughter whiled away the time:

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Here’s the video!

It’s not a loop, so the train had to go to the end point, have the engine de-coupled and reconnected, and then we were brought back:

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Here’s a ticket:

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Here’s a ticket-holder:

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The woodland was lovely:

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At the departure point, engines use the turntable:

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Here are the rules:

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Out of Ngorongoro and into the Serengeti

August 10, 2007

We left early the next morning (recording yet another superb sunrise that was invisible directly but only reflected in the lake in the crater bed)…

one more caldera lake sunrise

(The oval outline is the lake at the bottom of the crater; the vegetation is actually on an incline that slopes down to the bottom of the caldera. The mauve area is the area of the crater rim across from where I am…it’s lost in mist. I *still* cannot understand how, when the sunrise was not visible it was so brightly reflected in the lake. I am googling about this but have got no results.)

As we left the crater rim, we drove down into the grasslands, and passed a Masai village (the Masai cannot live in the Serengeti where no “human activity” apart from wildlifing is allowed; they live in the NCA.)

Masai Village in the area coming down from the crater rim towards Serengeti

ok, for those of you who are not wildlifers, this is the time to go to the next friend’s entry. Those who are interested…lots of pictures including some with really amazing contents if you click. But make sure you have some time!