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Steam locomotives aren't the only things that puff in New England - check out *Audubon's Project Puffin
Steam trains around Boston & NewEngland & NewFrance (Québec)
& Canada & U.S. & U.K. &...
C'mon people, let's bring back steam railroading!
It's renewable energy if we burn wood or methanol, newer steam locos can eat their own smoke & there's no better way to let off steam! - Up GM's nose, them saboteurs of steam & electric vehicles! Let's clear our streets and highways of smelly dangerous traffic-blocking ever-huger RR-sized semis - Timesizing can easily offset the lost jobs. Meanwhile, let's journey back to yesteryear, and check out all the steam trains that have been preserved from that time, but first, to help "take you back," here are a few theme songs from the early days of TV:
the *Robin Hood song,
the *Davy Crockett song,
the *Wyatt Earp song,
the *Zorro song,
the *Paladin song (Have Gun, Will Travel),
and just to send you off sprightly, the *Mr. Peepers song.
- * means 'a click here takes you outside our website' (click your back arrow to return) -
Phil's alltime favorite steam loco? (besides British singles like the *Stirling or the *Iron Duke) - the *Pennsy T1: slow-starting but fast and beautiful - a land-going submarine - all scrapped (but getting *reconstructed? + rumors of one surviving one somewhere, stripped of its streamline coping?). So let's get a new steady work-sharing economy going and build us a lifesize T1 = Phil's hidden agenda (+immortality +rebuilding the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World...). The South Australian Railway has come up with a *T1 disguise for a wide-gauge 4-8-4 Northern, once again demonstrating more respect for America's treasures in Oz than the once-great USA
- Northeast of Boston - *Maine Narrow Gauge, in Portland.
- North of Boston - "notching" on the *Conway Scenic RR, New Hampshire.
- A little farther north - The *Mt. Washington Cog Railway - oldest in the world!
- Waaay northwest by west of Boston -
- South of Montreal - The *Canadian RR Museum across the St. Lawrence River south of Montreal - drive a replica of Canada's second locomotive, the 1840 "John R. Molson"! It would have been the first, the "Dorchester," except Molsons Brewery put up the money and we're not sure what the Dorchester looked like - was it an 0-4-0 or a 4-2-2?? - we've got early drawings of both.
- Northwest of Montreal - The *Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train (HCWRR) across the river from Canada's capital city, Ottawa, in Gatineau-secteur-Hull, Québec. The HCWRR runs northeast along the shore of an Ottawa River tributary, the Gatineau River, to Wakefield, Québec. And the bakery in Wakefield has fabulous buttertarts (tartelettes au beure), Canada's national food (Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, self-styled Canadian ethnic restaurant chain in New England, take notice - your menu is wanting!)
- Southwest of Ottawa - 1912 Quebec & Labrador RR steam loco on view at the *Depot Museum, Smiths Falls, Ontario.
- Southeast of Boston - The *Edaville Railroad (but maybe just B-unit "Thomas" pushed by diesel)
- Southwest of Boston - *Essex Valley RR & boatride past King Gillette's castle and tinglingly close to the *Devil's Hopyard
- Waaaay southwest of Boston - *Steamtown, near Strasburg, Pennsylvania. By the way, we have a numbered and autographed copy of "Symphony in Steam" (1966) by Jan Gleysteen of Scottdale, Pa. We acquired copy #9 from the Canadian RR Museum gift shop on August 21, 2006. A bookplate inside the front cover tells that copy #9 was part of the library of Commodore James Plomer of the Royal Canadian Navy, and was donated by his family to the Canadian Railroad Historical Association in January, 1987. We'd be interested in who's got each of the other copies among the first ten of the total of 500 numbered and autographed copies. Email us at timesizing(at)aol.com.
- And further southwest, the *Casey Jones Museum in Jackson, Tennessee - best book: Fred Lee's *Casey Jones, seen by Phil Hyde in Salem MA bookshop ca.1977 with widow's endorsement and photos of contemporary newspaper clippings, found in online probe after 25-year search
- And waaaay across the continent from Boston, in the great American Southwest -
- The *Grand Canyon Railway, from the 'front yard' of the *Red Garter Bordello & Bakery in Williams, Arizona (about 30 miles west of Flagstaff) right to the South Rim! Amtrak will now drop you off or pick you up at Williams Junction, Arizona, without the need to take a bus between Flagstaff and Williams. A van from the railroad hotel in Williams meets all trains and doesn't even require you to stay at the RR hotel if you're lucky enough to get a room at the Red Garter.
- The *Durango & Silverton in Colorado - 500 feet down on one side, 500 feet up on the other!
- The *Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge railroad, weaving back and forth between New Mexico and Colorado.
- And waaaay across the Atlantic from New England in Old England & Wales -
The Boston area has its own RR societies, such as the *Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts & the *Mystic Valley Railway Society & the *470 RR Club, its own railroad archive at the University of Connecticut, and its own *railnerd site. Plus when it comes to model railroads, Boston has "America's largest train store," *Charlie Ro's place up in Malden, Mass. Across the "pond," reputedly Lincolnshire has the *biggest in Britain. And then there's a *wholesale website?
And Phil (aka 'Big Rich') Hyde had a buddy in the Harvard Glee Club who became MR. TRAINS out west - Jules "Big Julie" Loventhal, impresario of *Jules' Toy Trains in Sacramento, whose webpage has turned into a great resource for model train links
So let's see, we have -
- the last two of whom have weighed in on our website reactions page (scan down to dates 19 Dec 99 & 19 Nov 1999).
- *"Big Julie" = Jules Loventhal of Sacramento CA, fellow first-bass in the Harvard Glee Club in the early 1970s, who passed away Oct.3, 2004
- "Big Al" = Al Wesolowsky of White River Junction VT, fellow sufferer in the Boston University Classics Dept. in the late 70s and long-time editor of BU's *Journal of Field Archeology, who took a sabbatical to get a certificate from the *Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction and has since retired there, despite a considerable climate change from his native Aransas Pass TX
- *"Big Frank" = Frank Cserepy in Kanata, Canada, buddy from *theological 'cemetery' in Toronto in the 60s, and Indian agent in *Yellowknife in the NW Territories for many years - now provides a Canadian outpost of the *Jesus Seminar
Well, damn, now that Big Julie has passed away, we need to replenish the Canon of Big's, so here are a couple more, of artistic provenance, possibly lending some Immortality to the Big-ness -
- Big Rob = *Rob Firmin, the genius behind *Javelin Software in the 80s and now America's hottest new sculptor
- Big Pete = *Peter Plamondon, prior to Big Rob's career change, the only full-time artist we knew (still life), through mutual friend, Mark Ryder, now also passed on to the Great Beyond (due entirely to second-hand smoke!)
Bonus - Here are the top two train websites from "Desktop Traveller," article by Suzanne McGee, 10/15/2002 Wall Street Journal, p.D5.
- *TheTrainTraveler.com - tips on everything from finding electrical plugs onboard to reviews of excursions like the Napa Valley wine train, and good links to U.S. nationwide, state and city (commuter) rail
- *Seat61.com. ...Read about favorite journeys (including the jaunt to Darjeeling); check tips on getting the best fares; view photos of luxury sleeper cars on nearly every train there is...\.. A click on "Vietnam" [not be our first choice for train/Asia - how about India or even China], for instance, leads to the official train website, a currency converter, schedules and tips...\.. The pet project of a rail enthusiast; named after his favorite seat on the train between London and Paris....
And a few more train websites from "Riding the rails," article by Stacy Forster, 8/11/2003 Wall Street Journal, p.R5.
And a website of *train games for kids....
And railroad *history...
And clip art of *old steamers and *new steamers.
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