Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Friday, November 27, 2009

Great Northern and offspring




First things first. The logo is out of my child hood and my sister's. When we were kids, trains had that goat on the front. He has a name, Rocky. The steam locomotive is the only Baldwin S-2 Northern left. When I was just out of diapers, that locomotive was on the local from Havre to Malta. There are three Hills in Montana, Up Hill, Down Hill and Jim Hill.
And last but not least, a BNSF Stack Train going up the hill from Barstow/Lenwood to the Cajon Summit. The locomotives are painted................Great Northern Orange. Santa Fe? Yeah. Right.
Have a Rocky day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 comments:

swampie said...

Awwww, now that's purty!

Buck said...

I love me some trains, too. It ain't in the blood (as in the family), but I have a love for most all big machinery. And I'm "of an age" where I remember steam trains fairly well... and even traveled on 'em in the way-way back, albeit in northern Japan.

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

That old Baldwin is in perfect mechanical condition. The city of Havre never could afford to use it on the tracks as a tourist thing. The season is fairly short along the Hi-line. I don't remember the road number but there is a beautiful old Santa Fe steam machine in Kingman, Arizona.
Dad did some time as a telegrapher on the Great Northern. Yes Buck, I did say telegrapher. And my maternal uncle was an engineer on the Great Northern and then the Burlington Northern.
Steam locomotives are still being built and used for mainline service in China. They have lots of coal!

Old NFO said...

You need to get up to Sacramento and see the railroad museum they have there! My Grandfather was an engineer for UP back around the turn of the 20th Century. Interesting stories when I could get him talking.

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