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Today we rode the steam train!

We hadn’t been to a heritage railway line in several years, the regular season is almost over, and weekdays when the kids are in school is the bestest time. Uncle B will probably murder me if I mention there was also a senior discount today.

You still get whole carriage-loads of special needs people, today as in most times we’ve visited. I don’t know if they get a discount or if it’s just a thing they particularly love to do, but you need to put a little gentle distance between yourself and the happy car.

I saw a whole field full of lady pheasants and then, two fields later, a whole field full of gentleman pheasants. I felt like leaning out of the carriage and shouting, “hey, boys…?” The were fields of moo and baa and lots more interesting birds and a bit of a castle.

You can still get on a train in the countryside and travel for an hour without seeing a giant housing project. That is unusual. They are doing a heartbreaking amount of construction in our area, on a scale and of a quality that is nothing short of vandalism. All to accommodate refugees.

And by ‘refugees’ I mean English people fleeing the cities.

But enough of that! It looks like Timothy McCorkle won the Dead Pool (Timothy. Dude. Email me at stoaty@sweasel.com – don’t put your address in a comment!). I never heard of Sid Haig, but it looks like he was in a bunch of stuff. You know what that means! Back here, tomorrow, Dead Pool Round 127.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: September 26, 2019, 7:08 pm

Senior discount?

Have you two not graduated yet?
I figured you both for at least 28!


Hang in there a little longer Ruthie, tomorrow you shall be mine once more!

Comment from Drew458
Time: September 27, 2019, 1:37 pm

Playing junior train spotter with this …

Oh boy, the only remaining GWR 1600 class 0-6-0 pannier tank locomotive; built in 1951 it was one of the last ones.

Very glad to see that the K&ESR hasn’t gone full-gak and painted this one to look like Thomas the Tank.

I’m rather amazed that the Brits built steam engines until 1956. Lots of local coal I guess.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: September 27, 2019, 5:25 pm

Stoaty, you have inspired me (again!).I’ll have to go down to the railway museum around the corner from my office and get some photos.

Comment from Timothy J. mcCorkle
Time: September 29, 2019, 8:04 am

Email didn’t work Microsoft said “that the recipient’s domain does not exist.

Contact the recipient by some other means (by phone, for example) and ask them to tell their email admin that it appears that their domain isn’t properly registered at their domain registrar. Give them the error details shown below. It’s likely that the recipient’s email admin is the only one who can fix this problem.” + a friend spent 4 Hours riding behind Nickleplate 765, Mainline steam engine here in indiana Nice Videos at their site… https://fortwaynerailroad.org/nickel-plate-road-no-765/

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