Monday, September 28, 2015
A few times we drove to nearby Huntington and beyond to Catlettsburg, Kentucky. I enjoyed watching trains cross the Big Sandy River as they made their way to Cincinnati and beyond on the old Chesapeake & Ohio.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Class 1 railroad Kansas City Southern calls Kansas City home. Kansas City is also served by Class 1's BNSF, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern. Kansas City is also served by the Amtrak Southwest Chief and the Missouri River Runner.
Monday, September 14, 2015
In this photo we are at the release of the Norfolk Southern Nickel Plate Heritage Locomotive in Altoona, PA in 2012. You could smell the fresh paint. My mom made the poster that I sent to Wick of my proposed heritage engines and the final poster that some of you have. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Sunday, September 13, 2015
States such as California, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and many others support services in addition to the core Amtrak service. There is truly a call for more and more states to sponsor Amtrak services, as commuting by rail grows in both practicality and popularity. As more states sponsor Amtrak, more services become available and we all win.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The development of the Tier 4 locomotive is a crowning achievement in locomotive progress.
GE Transportation Tier 4 Locomotives are being built in Erie, Pennsylvania and Fort Worth, Texas.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Rock Island was a favorite railroad to many as it was well known in pop culture, however it struggled as an underdog alongside competing railroads. Rock Island gained fame with the popular folk song "The Rock Island Line" performed by artists such as John Lomax, Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan and Johnny Cash.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
These locomotives, owned by Penn Central, were painted blue and yellow as they worked in MTA commuter service. FL9s are well remembered by rail enthusiasts and historians.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We also got to visit Alliance and see Burlington Northern. There I got to see Burlington Northern's SD60M's including locomotive 1991 and hand out prints of my drawings to crews. This stop was a highlight of my 1991 trip and certainly made me want to come home and begin drawing the many trains I had seen.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
As Union Pacific started to run through Sacramento, I noticed that Western Pacific engines would still be on the trains. At my local hobby shop, hobbyists wore Western Pacific shirts and hats. As they discussed the days of Western Pacific, I began to grasp this history.
I have always enjoyed the Feather River Route and have enjoy visiting communities along the old Western Pacific. When I eat dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Sacramento Western Pacific depot, I still cherish my Western Pacific memories.