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Famous forgotten train! 
  alizara
 
11:14pm 12/05/2012
 
mood: nostalgic
The locomotives from The Fugitive, left to gently decay where they landed after the stunt was filmed.

 
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Have a relic. Or two. 
  alizara
 
10:34pm 16/11/2011
 
mood: amused
Also, at 3:29...playing chicken with the train.



(Not my video)

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Canadian Railfandom 
  dewline
 
10:03am 18/09/2010
  For those of you here who have an interest in Canadian rail, particularly passenger rail, I've got an LJ community for you:

viarail_fandom

I did choose the name specifically with the idea of focusing on VIA Rail alone, but have since rethought that, given the passenger rail systems operating at the provincial and regional/municipal levels across Canada. Apologies to VIA Rail for my presumptive choice of naming in advance.
 
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Sad Irony 
  alizara
 
11:15pm 01/09/2010
 
mood: WTF?
And perhaps a Darwin Award. For grief's sake, people, this is why you stay OFF railroad rights-of-way. ESPECIALLY TRESTLES.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/27/north.carolina.ghost.train/index.html?hpt=T2

I mean, I feel sorry for the family but...wow. Just. Wow.

Well, actually I feel most sorry for the engineer. He's the one who had to lock his brakes, pray that what was going to happen wouldn't happen and then helplessly watch it happen anyway. He's the one who has to live with that image for the rest of his life now.
 
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Blogs on Canadian Railroading? 
  dewline
 
11:12pm 16/05/2010
 
mood: curious
Looking for recommendations from the rest of the community on this one!
 
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ARGH. 
  alizara
 
12:24am 21/01/2010
 
mood: irritated
I swear Amtrak could not PLAN to make me this annoyed. I was out running some errands today and since I was driving past the station I thought I'd stop and see if there was a train scheduled. And, as it turned out, there was one due in five minutes. So I went out onto the platform with my camera and waited. And waited. In bitter cold weather with a stiff north wind which the station platform funnels into a nice howling gale. I stayed out there until even my organs were cold, and then finally figured the train must have come and gone early and gave up and went home.

And guess, just guess what I heard the very instant I opened the car door in my driveway(which is too far away from the station to get back in time)?

AUGH. This is like, the second time this has happened.
 
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The gem of my collection! 
  alizara
 
01:28pm 07/08/2009
 
mood: pleased
Of railroad things, that is. I have a dish that was given to me by my grandmother. Her brother worked for the Michigan Central Railroad all his life. And at one point during that time he acquired a piece of china from one of the dining cars. I'm not sure if it's a tureen or a bowl or what, but I love it. Pics and more information beneath the cut:

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All in all, I don't know if it has any value other than sentimental, given the fact that it is a bit chipped and worn. It sat on the kitchen buffet table and had stuff piled on it for a good 50 years, I expect, before it was given to me. But it's not like I'd consider selling it anyway.

Just thought I'd share it with you all. Figured someone might be interested. ^^
 
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A MUSICAL RAILTRIP 
  arakneo
 
02:24am 17/06/2009
  "XXL" performed by Mylène Farmer and directed by Marcus Nispel (1995)

 
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A pic to share! 
  alizara
 
12:20am 13/05/2009
 
mood: nostalgic
Straight out of a family album, actually. I have no information about it whatsoever, other than it looks a bit like a mogul, and might have been taken anywhere between the late 1800s and the early 1900s, and either in central Ontario, Canada, or somewhere in Michigan. I don't even know if the person leaning out of a cab is a relative. It stands to reason, since we were very much a railroading family. But I digress! Picture!



If anyone knows anything about this locomotive and where it might have been taken...I'd be grateful for the information. There has to be SOME reason it was in the family album along with a bunch of photos of my grandmother's mother and family.

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This is funny(because no one was hurt). 
  alizara
 
01:46pm 21/04/2009
 
mood: amused
"Last Friday in Kent, Washington, a train hit a car transporter stopped on the rails. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the train engine made off with a sweet new Cadillac DTS hood ornament."




Full article here: http://jalopnik.com/5144353/train-skewers-car-carrier-in-washington-gets-cadillac-dts-hood-ornament

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A trip to the Steam Railroading Institute! 
  alizara
 
12:10am 28/03/2009
 
mood: bouncy
Took a trip to Owosso, MI today, and the Steam Railroading Institute there. Home of the Pere Marquette #1225, steam locomotive used as a model for the Polar Express. I got to crawl around underneath her and get all filthy and covered with machine oil and grease. It was great!




More pics under the cut! A boatload, actually. You have been warned.

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I have never had so much fun in my life. That was amazing. Hope you enjoyed too.

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*cough* 
  alizara
 
11:36pm 20/03/2009
 
mood: creative

The Mikados by ~alizara on deviantART

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A song to share! 
  alizara
 
04:51pm 17/03/2009
 
mood: bouncy
Not only is the song relevant to the community, but you get to see a ton of awesome Chessie System footage from the 80s that I have on good authority was filmed in Clifton Forge, Va. Embedding was disabled by the user, so here's the link!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCPRsxvCoHU

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This seemed appropriate to share here... 
  chessiechaser75
 
11:08pm 15/03/2009
 
mood: nostalgic
AKA
What's the story behind your username?


Heh. An interesting one, in fact. This username actually came about from a childhood trauma and its aftermath.

When I was a kid(I don't remember the exact age, but I doubt more than maybe six), I was a passenger in the backseat of a car with someone driving who was rather impatient and decided that day that they weren't going to stop for the flashing lights at a railroad crossing. I found myself staring at a massive diesel engine bearing down on my side of the car and wailing its horn, the loudest, most terrifying sound I'd ever heard in my young life. It came so close that the wind of the locomotive's passage actually tugged on the back of the car.

Naturally, after that I became almost paralyzingly terrified of trains. The sound of an airhorn would put me into immediate panic mode, complete with utter breakdown and screaming tears of terror. This made life uncomfortable for people with me in a car when it was necessary to stop at a crossing, needless to say. One day, desperate to calm me down, my mother pointed out the silhouette of Chessie, the cat mascot of the C&O railroad, by then known as the Chessie System.

It fascinated me beyond belief to see a cat on a train car, and not knowing at that time the origin of the logo, I assumed she was waving at me. Thereafter I was too busy looking for Chessie System locomotives and cars to wave at(I still do this, when on rare occasion I see one. I don't care if I looks stupid. XD) to bother being afraid of trains any longer.

As I got older, my Chessie fascination remained, and I became acquainted with the fact that she was, in fact, more than a two-toned logo on a train and that there were many, many things to collect with Chessie on them, from calendars to teacups. I was hooked. The fascination with Chessie grew into an interest in railroads in general and locomotives in particular. And now I am an obsessive railfan.

But my first love of the railroads has always been and always will be Chessie, and so I chase after all the Chessie things I can with unswerving purpose. Hence the name.

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All Your Chessie Are Belong to Us 
  alizara
 
09:36pm 07/03/2009
 
mood: hyper
Sorry about the delete...my post got mangled and no amount of editing would fix it. I hope this works...


I went to an antique show/flea market today, and wound up with quite a haul of Chessie stuff to expand my collection. I am full of the happy.




The hoard above is as follows: calendars from 1986, 1993-95, a framed print, and a lovely little heart shaped jewelry/knicknack box with Chessie on it. I am all squee.

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You know... 
  alizara
 
12:12am 12/02/2009
 
mood: content
There's something extra haunting and compelling about the sound of a well tuned K5LA on a dark, windy, rainy night.
 
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For anyone interested in Canadian railroading... 
  dewline
 
08:55pm 02/02/2009
  ...specifically passenger rail, whether you live here or not, may I point out the following community, currently young and small and looking for more voices:

viarail_fandom

It started out with VIA Rail specifically in mind, but has since been expanded to cover passenger rail of whatever origin across Canada.
 
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A cold day of railfanning. 
  alizara
 
07:17pm 02/02/2009
 
mood: content
And pictures to prove it! I'll just link to my gallery, since these are my first uploads there and it's massively easier than trying to code them all in under an LJ cut:

http://alizara.deviantart.com/gallery/#Railroad-Photography
 
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The railroad's in my blood... 
  alizara
 
10:36am 14/10/2008
 
mood: nostalgic

I know my great-grandfather worked for the railroad, but I don't have much information about what capacity he served in.

My great-uncle was an engineer.

And my grandfather also worked for the railroad, as a machinist. My understanding is that he worked on the boilers of the steam locomotives at the machine shops for the New York Central(later the Michigan Central) in Jackson, Michigan. Below are some pictures of said shops. The buildings still exist today, though they're used as warehouses for a large freight company. The railway still runs as well, being part of the main Amtrak line between Detroit and Chicago.

http://www.michiganrailroads.com/RRHX/Stations/CountyStations/JacksonStations/Jackson/JacksonMCRRShops.htm

And also, just because I can, a photo(again not mine) of retired Grand Trunk Western 4-6-2 locomotive 5030 at R.A. Greene park, also in Jackson.

http://www.railroadmichigan.com/steamjackson.jpg

 
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RNC in St. Paul, MN 
  purplesquirrel
 
01:31am 03/09/2008
  Union Pacific at the RNC. (I was approached by 2 FBI agents while taking the first few shots.) Barriers prevented me from getting a closer full-length shot.Collapse )

BNSF at the RNC. The SUVs along the right are FBI.Collapse )
 
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