The Art of Railroading

img_2202(Elkhart, Indiana) Enough Presidential politics already.  Let’s get back to what’s really important in life—well, in my life: railroading.  We visited Elkhart, Indiana yesterday ostensibly to look at an art exhibition at the Midwest Museum of American Art, and that was fine as far as it went, but it was unseasonably warm and sunny so we naturally headed a few blocks south to where the 20th Century Limited used to glide through town until it was canceled in 1967.  But the National New York Central Railroad Museum sits astride the Norfolk Southern main between Chicago and York, and one of us had a keen interest in perusing their amazing collection of trains, big and small, and artifacts and photographs of the late great New York Central Railroad.  So Natalie took a walk around a funky Elkhart neighborhood while I engrossed myself in railroading.  All that and the passing of two Norfolk & Southern freight trains, one a double-stack and the other an endless mixed-commodities unit.  Oh, and back to politics just for a nanosecond: Donald Trump did say in his inaugural speech that he was all about restoring our infrastructure to its former greatness, including our railroads.  So that’s one part of the current kerfuffle over the election and inauguration of Donald J. Trump that had this old railroad rider smiling in Elkhart, Indiana.  Oh, and I will do a separate post on the New York Central Railroad Museum.  You will want to visit after you read my report.  Now for a photo or two in support of The Art of Railroading:




About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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2 Responses to The Art of Railroading

  1. Brad Williamson says:

    Ahhh, the sound of wheels on steel! Growing up in West Texas, my father referred to me as Casey Jones, such was my interest in railroading. I still remember riding the El Capitan of the AT&SF from El Paso to Chicago for our summer holiday. Attending the public open house at GM’s EMD facility in Lagrange and getting to ride in the cab of an operating switcher was another fondly remembered treat. Thanks for sharing. Another activity for my things to do list!

  2. I’ve got several,photos of this yard that I will share with you at some point.

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