Sunday, November 25, 2012

Railroad Memories

A   L   O   H   A  !

Train Song by Josh Garrels on Grooveshark

Riding a passenger train,
past a siding
where boxcars,
tankers,
coal carriers,
 flats,
and maybe even
a caboose,
waited,
was fascinating
to me as a child.
That is the Logo
of the
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Trains were dirty, and loud,
 and rattling.
But you could ride 
and sleep
with comfort on
 the C&O










Chessie was based on this painting.

I haven't been on a train
for a long time;
a long distance one,
with a compartment
for many years longer.


I remember the moments,
decades ago
early in the morning
[ traveling from Durango
to Philadelphia
via Chicago ]
rounding the  
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watching it from my
rocking bunk.

I can still see pink
waves of
the Atlantic
lapping near the 
rails
of the line from
New York to
Boston-
again,
early in the 
morning.
[The "Night Owl"
left after midnight.] 


Some things
just stay 
with you-


LOOK! 




Chessie!


=^..^=

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                          Warmly, cloudia



20 comments:

the walking man said...

I have said it before here and I will reiterate it again---cat people just ain't quite right in the head.

Beach Bum said...

Chessie was based on this painting.

I didn't know that! I have seen that logo many times and just could not figure it out.

Dianne said...

would you believe Isadora was called Chessie in the shelter
apparently one of the women there knew of the painting and the RR
she just didn't seem like a Chessie so once I saw she loved to wrap around my shoulders and that she walked like a dancer she became Isadora
for Duncan of course :)

what a cool coincidence

brava on your POTW from last week

hugs from chilly NJ

PerthDailyPhoto said...

No Pixie, much, much cuter. Happy Sunday Cloudia.

Leovi said...

Yes, a lovely photos ... happy face in these kittens.
Saludos.

ANITA said...

Lovely shoots!!!Happy sunday Claudia:))))

Brian Miller said...

haha cute pic of your cat all comfy...i love trains though ...grew up by the tracks so i knew the logo instantly....lot of N&W around here...

aloha from va

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Awesome !

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TexWisGirl said...

ahhh. that is sweet. i do remember that logo, too.

Anonymous said...

Since I'm a dog person, I was trying to figure out the graphic, too. Rode the sleeper car from Okla. City to Chicago in '71, before some routes closed. Don't remember the quietness; do remember the glass of milk shaking and rocking on the table.
Pixie may be dreaming of scooter rides? Aloha, DrumMajor

RONW said...

♪ This train don't take me nowhere ♪
♪ .... get on in the morning sun. ♪
♪ I get off when the evening comes. ♪
♪ But this train don't take me nowhere ..... ♪

The Weaver of Grass said...

I went on the Durango to Silverton line a couple of years ago - fantastic experience.

Teresa said...

What great memories! And a cute pixie cat...

Charles Gramlich said...

I've only ridden a train a few times but found it interesting every time.

Akelamalu said...

MWM loves trains!

Cloudia said...

And I love you dears!

Thanks for making my day so happy with your kind comments



Robert Geiss said...

Thank you for this interesting journey. Yes, trains are surely feeling friendly. Please have you all a good new week ahead.

ayala said...

Awesome :)

Cloudia said...

thanks, you 2 !

LONDONLULU said...

That is so cool to learn Chessie's name story! Train travel is great, I love your cat's pose:)