I’m getting my railroad and history summer outings planned early as summer is only 14 weeks long and I have 10 stops to make.
Though all-aluminum cans were in production since 1963, it took four more years to revolutionize the industry using a new alloy and draw process introduced at a plant in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Wow, there is nothing like walking under the stars across a train yard on a crisp winter’s night. I was alone among the old freight and passenger cars and I felt tranquility. The snow glistened under the yard lights, a clear sky revealed the stars and Venus who shined bright next to the cresent moon. […]
I enjoy photographing grain elevators and feed mills as they come in all shapes and sizes, are generally serviced by the railroad, and are vital to the local and national economy and food supply. Plus, growing up in Nebraska I saw a lot of them riding in the back seat of my parents’ car. If […]
The Hotel Pathfinder explosion occurred 36 years ago, on January 10, 1976. Last year I added some information about that tragic day in Fremont (Nebraska) history. This past year I acquired my grandparents’ collection of photos taken that day which I had mentioned in the 2011 post. I have no more text to add from […]
One of my co-workers inquired about getting a train around the Christmas tree and whether I had any recommendations. Well, maybe she didn’t ask for a recommendation, but I gave her one anyway. My mom has an HO-Scale steam 4-4-0 locomotive with passenger cars around her tree, and in college I had an N-Scale Burlington […]
In August 2011, my boyhood home was sold and I wanted to record my memories and Fremont history during a “last visit.” I planned to live tweet as I went around, but unfortunately my phone’s data plan not work. Instead I saved the tweets and sent them out once I hit an area that provided […]
It’s an impressively long name for an equally impressive car. Built in 1948 for the Milwaukee Road, the Cedar Rapids was an observation car placed on the end of trains allowing passengers spectacular views of scenery the train was leaving behind. The Milwaukee Road operated several passenger service routes referred to as the Hiawatha, named […]