This one’s for the boys…

… and all the lady train geeks like me! The bright red engine looks so festive. We often put my husband’s childhood train set around the bottom of the Christmas tree. Below is the historic sign for the beautiful art deco but defunct train station in Galveston, Texas. Much like parts of Britain, many train lines were discontinued when cars where in common use. Our township is surrounded by train lines but they only carry freight these days. It’s quite normal to wait for 20 minutes for a train to pass with endless freight carriages. I still love the sound of a train whistle on a quiet night.

As you can see, it was part of the Santa Fe railroad network. As a child, I watched so many American movies with trains, especially Westerns. Just the name Santa Fe Railroad gives me goosebumps, imagining the vistas as you crossed prairie and mountains. We live between Houston and Dallas, and Amtrak still runs passenger trains between the cities. The nearest working station is 40 miles away from us so I doubt we will ever use the current train system.

The museum had ‘populated’ the station with plaster model passengers and it helped to show how glamorous the train station was back in it’s hey day. There are some beautiful art deco buildings and hotels in Galveston – it’s amazing that they have survived so many hurricanes.

The mail sorting rail car was the most exciting part of the museum. It was so perfectly restored after Hurricane Ike damaged it. I loved the idea that the train didn’t have to stop while picking up the mail – and wondered if this technique ever failed!

The Route of the Zephyrs sounds like a dream. I have flown over all of these places and visited some of them. It’s certainly a fascinating view of the vast differences in American landscapes. From steamy, subtropical Houston to pretty Denver surrounded by snow-tipped mountains. Amarillo is my favorite place on the list with the best canyon in Texas.

As we approach Remembrance Day or Veteran’s Day as it is known in the US, on Friday 11th November, may we remember all the servicemen and women who perished in war.

44 thoughts on “This one’s for the boys…

  1. Great article, Kerry: it gave me much pleasure to read it. Btw, Mary and I love to hear the train whistles, too. I would love to ride a train on one of the longer routes. Maybe one day – who knows.

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  2. As I am someone with a strong affinity for anything related to trains and rail travel, I absolutely loved your post, Kerry. For most people, the train is little more than a means to an end; a utilitarian tool that connects faraway places. For others, like me, though, trains are magical; powerful machines that crisscross vast, beautiful, and lonely landscapes, linking sprawling cities and remote outposts with seemingly never-ending highways of steel. Thanks for sharing and have a good day πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

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  3. It’s considered so “retro” now, but I’m sure many remember the hustle bustle of train stations. There’s a restored station in downtown Denver that serves the tram lines around the metro area. My little mountain town has a historic train that switchbacks uphill through the mountains to the next town. The workers would take it to the mines back in the day.

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