Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history
to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
A private railroad car is not an acquired taste.
One takes to it immediately. — Eleanor Robson Belmont (1879-1979)
“The road must be built, and you are the man to do it. Take hold of it yourself.
By building the Union Pacific, you will be the remembered man of your generation.”
– President Abraham Lincoln to Oakes Ames, 186532
My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.”
Note: all but one of these photos were taken yesterday. As I told Angela, it’s so difficult to catch a “live one.” Unfortunately, my trusty iPhone was the only thing I had with me–I got as close as I could without getting arrested 🙂
Thank you for spending the week with me on the tracks. I’m always looking for “themes” so feel free to drop me some ideas in the comments below.