The love of trains and steam locomotives

The fascination with trains occurred when I was about 4 years. I lived across the street from the Great Northern Roundhouse in Interbay Seattle as World War II was coming to an end.

My father took me with him to the roundabout, one morning. I remember those huge steam locomotives that were between two of them. I was fascinated by the experience until one of the engines blew off the steam valve. This scared the heck out of me and grab the pant leg of my father and tried to climb the leg.

This experience has not changed my feelings for steam engines. I would cross the main road with one of my friends and we were the engines on the shelf.

When I was nine, I rode the Union Pacific with my aunt in Salt Lake City to Seattle. It was my first train ride and it has become my favorite station.

A few years later (1954) after the steam era began to close I rode my bike with friends in the Interbay roundabout. It was several miles from where I lived. When we got to one of the engineers has allowed us to board an F unit and assemble with him for a few minutes. It was a great experience.

When I traveled with my parents, I’m constantly looking for trains. In the late forties and fifties, there were a lot of trains to watch along the road to Seattle, Washington to Salt Lake City, Utah. The roads are generally followed the train and saw all kinds of steam and diesel engines first. As roads have resumed the railroad out of sight.

The loss was the steam engine was sad and disappointing. Diesel became the king of the road and remained until today.

We must spend time reading books on these massive steam locomotives and begins to understand their value and power that greatly helped the United States during World War II. Find videos that have been taken in recent years and have been reproduced by several companies. Always train hobby I’ve done since the last 50 years. There is plenty of information available to study and learn. Being an amateur intensifies the learning curve. The sad thing is that very few Americans know anything about our railway heritage. He was in great shape, at least in this country since 1838.

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