Tuesday, May 12

Trains and the city

We did make it to the National Train Day event on Saturday. We toured two passenger trains: Amtrak's Texas Eagle and the William and Evelyn Henry cars. And, of course, we traveled through the city by train.
The William and Evelyn Henry cars were built in 1955 and so had that cool retro-elegant feel. They operate as private charters now, which means all you need to enjoy a few hundred miles of that fascinating compact luxury and pretty countryside is a few friends and about $8500/day or 800 of your closest friends with about $200 a piece (two party packages). What do you think, anyone want to go?
While at Union Station, I picked up some info on the Illinois Railway Museum, a living history museum out in the 'burbs where you can experience 10-mile ride on an electric, steam or diesel train. Less than $10 a person. We're definitely planning a family outing there this summer.

I mentioned last week that my family has a long history of railway careers, but I wasn't able to gather as many pictures as I'd hoped. Here's one of my dad (love those boots, Dad), probably at the Frisco trainyard in Springfield, MO (late 50s or very early 60s) and one of the Frisco 1522 steam locomotive we caught on its 1994 excursion.

23 comments:

moomer said...

I just love it when your blog is a family affair! Your dad sure was a handsome little boy, wasn't he?

Amy said...

I love all those pictures, but especially the one of Dad. I wonder who was behind the camera. Grandma?

alexandra s.m. said...

Hi There I'm discovering your wonderful blog thanks to the Craft Social. I live in Chicago as well and really enjoy reading your different posts. THANK YOU.

kimberly said...

(Here via a link weeks ago from how about orange.)

I live in Houston now, but when I was in 4th grade (in the early 90s) my family lived outside Chicago. My brothers (2 of them at the time) LOVED trains, so we always managed to do something train-y on outings. I have vague memories of the Illinois Railway Museum and still have some crushed pennies we put on the tracks! Very cool.

(I love your blog, by the way!)

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