I love the Steam Locomotives! They are alive. You can hear them breathe and snort, roar and rumble!
Strassburg Railroad is a short ride from where I live. Short yes, but it will take you back to yesteryear.
This may be to much personal information for this blog; but when I was just a young lad, perhaps
four years old, it was told my father drove me real close to the tracks when a fast moving steam train
went by. Well I must have thought it a monster. The roar, the steam ,the clanging of the bell, the
screaming whistle, for I peed my pants. I guess at that moment I was drawn to the steam locomotives.
My father would take me to Griffith Park Live Steamers often. There I could climb on the locomotives, and cars. Then go watch the wonderfully crafted locomotives built by hand. Truly a labor of love. Most of these as you can see below, you could ride on.
Images from the Griffith Park Live Steam website.
For those of you in Southern California, Take a ride to Los Angeles Live Steamers. Easy to get to, just
off the 134, in Burbank.
Over the years I have ridden to Durango to ride the DRGRR. My first ride on this train was when I was about ten years old. My father rode it back in 1941 when it was still a work train. The train was moving sheep from Durango to Silverton. Someday I will convert the 16mm film he shot on that trip. The film runs about twelve minutes. Couple of years ago rode to do a shoot on the Western Maryland Railroad.
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