Chasing Trains- Big and Little December
First off, the answers to last month’s
_ The Pennsylvania Railroad is,or was, The
Standard Railroad of the World
_ Try also Santa Fe, All The Way ( from
Chicago To Las Angeles)
_ You can sleep on the New York Central’s
Water Level Route ( Along the Hudson, as opposed to the Pennsy’s
sharp curves and grades over the mountains.
_ Linking Thirteen Great States with the
Nation- Baltimore and Ohio
We’ll get back to you with some more at a
There has long been a connection between
Trains, Big and Little, and the winter holiday season. From
Lionels to LGBs under the tree to passenger trains with many
extra cars and few empty seats, trains have long been an
important part of the season.
For those interested in this subject, try
All Aboard for Christmas by Christopher Jenison ( Harry N
Abrams, Publishers c 2004 )
Thanks are due to Dave Bodnar for obtaining
and reproducing the attached article from the December 2009
issue of On The Bi Level. This is the newsletter if METRA , the
Chicago rail transit authority. The title comes from METRA’s two
level passenger cars.
I came by the original from our daughter
Dr. Maria Baldwin who in 2009 was a loyal commuter on the
Burlington Northern- Santa Fe line between Union Station,
Brookfield, Congress Park and La Grange .
It is submitted to show that somewhere on
the railroad is a person with a sense of humor toward the season
and Chicago’s weather .