Railroad Ruminations

I have decided to go for atmosphere over focus and clarity, both of which are hard to achieve on a moving train. Last night departing Kansas City about 10 pm.

Prairie Moonrise at Sunset

Dusk fell soon after the train departed Chicago. The gray skies cleared as the moon rose. Amazing what a smart phone can do through a dirty train window in low light. With a little help from Snapseed

On the Rails Again

Cross country rail adventure

My home for the next three days. I am taking the train from Washington DC to Los Angeles California to visit one of my sisters. 64 hours, not counting a 6 hour break in Chicago where I change trains. Just over 3000 miles. It’s a big country. One of my bucket list adventures.

A Cool Car That Caught My Eye

Irene

A 1962 Willys

My brother owns a 1962 Willys Jeep Station Wagon named Irene. Produced by Willys-Overland from 1946-1964, the Willys Wagon was a forerunner of today’s SUV.  Willys-Overland manufacture the Jeeps used by the American military in World War II.  Irene is in fantastic condition with most of its original interior. The dash board is unusual. The radio sits behind the steering wheel. The gauges are large and are in the middle. It has four stick shifts. Getting in and out of the back seat is a bit of a struggle. My brother raised gladiolas and used Irene to transport them.

From Wikipedia:  “They were the first mass-market all-steel station wagons designed and built as a passenger vehicle. . . . With over 300,000 wagons and its variants built in the U.S., it was one of Willys’ most successful post-World War II models.”

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CB&WC: Benches

Solitary: Flight 93 Memorial

Bench on the observation/visitor center level of the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural Pennsylvania. United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked on September 11, 2001 as part of coordinated terrorist attack on the United States. The heroic actions of the 40 passengers and crew prevented the plane from reaching its final destination, Washington, D.C. The plane crashed in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all on board. The observation level overlooks the Flight 93 flight path, crash site and debris field, the final resting place of the crew and passengers.

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Backroads America: The Best Laid Plans . . .

My goal to follow the Lincoln Highway to central Iowa hit a snag today. One of my own making. I underestimated how much extra time the long stretches of two-lane roads and going threw small towns would take. So, sorry Illinois but I took the interstate all the way across. I had places to be tonight.

Once I hit Iowa, I was back on track. Two pictures from Clarence, Iowa.

I stayed on US 30 across Iowa though much of the Lincoln Highway turned on and off parallel gravel roads. Maybe next time. Arrived in Dysart, Iowa, about 15 miles north of US 30.

Headed north to Minnesota tomorrow. So long, Lincoln. I hope to drive you again. Maybe next time I will actually have a chance to take more photos and explore more byways..

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