Power giants

One hundred and twenty five foot long, two stories high, eleven foot wide, weighing approximately three hundred and eighty five tons. So intimidating in their enormous size, these locomotives were designed to generate colossal horsepower....more

Power giants

One hundred and twenty five foot long, two stories high, eleven foot wide, weighing approximately three hundred and eighty five tons. So intimidating in its enormous size, this locomotive was designed to engender colossal horsepower....more

Riding in cars of trains

This weekend my husband and I will be taking a train up to New York City. I have never had much affection for the Big Apple with its over-populated streets, subway smells, and the city’s overall need for speed. With my husband’s increasing need to go to the city because, “that’s where things happen,” I find myself occupying space on its streets more often. The exciting part about this particular trip will not be to see its tall buildings or its incredible venues to park yourself in a chair to people watch, it will be the train ride. I loves trains....more

What You Must Know If You Are Traveling Cross-Country By Train

My husband and I recently traveled to San Jose, California by train to attend the BlogHer14 convention. I’ll write more about the convention soon, but before that, I wanted to give you a few tips about traveling by long-distance train in the United States....more

TRAVEL: A Day Out With Thomas Event at Greenfield Village

Can anyone tell me if there is a toddler who doesn’t love Thomas? (Not me, but you never know.)...more


Today's gonna be a much more lighthearted day here. After all the emotions that yesterday's post brought up for me and some others, today should be filled with cuteness. A note about comments: I don't know why some of them just disappear when you hit "publish." I've looked and looked for an answer, and blogger is very unhelpful. If you've managed to solve this on your blog, let me know how....more

Calling All Train Fans

If you have a train lover in your family, Entertrainment Junction is a must-see attraction to visit in the Cincinnati area. This museum/train extravaganza houses the world's largest indoor train display. Walk through a historical tour represented by lots and lots of miniature trains running along tracks beside, above and all around. Steam locomotives, trolley cars, today's diesel locomotives and subway trains run through the mini towns, cities and countryside of our nation's history....more

3 Days Left of Advent: Summers of Train Rides, of Food, of Caricatures and Family

There is a little corner in my heart I call “my happy place.” And when called upon, memories of jolly days come flooding to the surface, to rescue and lift my troubled spirit. So this morning I awoke with glorious memories: for a taste for yummy hot dog on a tick, slathered with mustard, and battered, deep fried mushrooms, zucchini and artichoke hearts. And to this I conjured memories of giant redwoods and the smell of steam train smoke, and of seeing family members’ faces sitting across from me on a moving train, basking in the same happiness, taking it all in!...more
They certainly have been wonderful days! So far, everyone we've taken, has wanted to go back ...more

C'Mon Ride the Train

My favorite mode of transportation is the train. I take the train from Chicago to Michigan and back a couple times a year. It's about a four hour ride and the time flies by. Instead of dreading the travel part of my trip, I actually look forward to it....more