In December of 2005, the Bennett Levins arranged for disabled veterans to
be taken to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy football game. Read more at:
The Liberty Limited
And just to verify, read:
The 2nd Saturday of every July, in Laguna Niguel California, people line
up along the Amtrak right-of-way and "moon" passing trains. Read more at:
In 2008 it got a bit our of hand; in 2009 the city promised to tame it down.
There have been reports that this activity also exists on the Amtrak ride from
Denver to Salt Lake City. Some rafters mooned the train right next to the Colorado
River. It must be some sort of thing to do. Some of the train riders knew about
it and were expecting it...
Regarding the origins of the "Standard Gauge" of 56-1/2", it is said thought to have originated
from the Roman chariot ruts in 2000 year-old city stone roads. Also, the perpetrated story
that the Space Shuttle rocket dimensions are based on this dimension, or the "width of a horses ass..."
is true or false? Is it ?
See Snopes.com railroad gauge discussion at:
Fierce-throated beauty !
Roll through my chant with all thy lawless music'
thy swinging lamps at night'
Thy madly-whistled laughter, echoing, rumbling
like an earthquake, rousing all.
--- Walt Whitman, "To A Locomotive In Winter"
The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn't a train that goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.
All night there isn't a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.
My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going.
--- Edna St. Vincent Millay
A mother and her young son were riding the B&O Railroad from Baltimore to Chicago ..
The little boy, who had been looking out the window, turned to his mother and asked,
'If big dogs have baby dogs and big cats have baby cats, why don't big trains have
The mother, who couldn't think of an answer, told her son to ask the conductor.
So the boy went down the aisle and asked the conductor, 'If big dogs have baby dogs
and big cats have baby cats, why don't big trains have baby trains?'
The busy conductor smiled and said, 'Did your mother tell you to ask me?'
The boy said, 'Yes, she did.'
Well then, you go and tell your mother that there are no baby trains because the
Capitol Limited always pulls out on time. Ask her to explain that to you.
Enjoy Railroading !