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WQW #18: Transportation: Trains, Planes, and Working Machines

If you love long posts, then you’ll love this one. If not, feel free to skim. There’s so much to explore about transportation.

“Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don’t see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities.”

Robin Chase

I was excited when I saw John’s LAPC challenge for this week was about all things industrial and mechanical. The result was that I altered the topic slightly to include farm equipment that I saw at the 2013 World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA.


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“In the industrial revolution, (1760-1840) Britain led the world in advances that enabled mass production: trade exchanges, transportation, factory technology, and new skills needed for the new industrialised world.”

Lucy Powell
Manny mans the cockpit of a train at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum

Railroad Museums

This period preceded the intercontinental railroad that went across the United States in 1869, just 19 years after the California Gold Rush. The first railroad, the B & O, was chartered in 1827 near the end of the Industrial Revolution.

There are so many different reasons why I love riding trains. But I think ultimately it’s the romantic feeling of it. There’s something about it that just transports me into old films.

Rosario Dawson

Wikipedia lists 175 Railroad Museums in the United States alone so I suspect that Rosario Dawson is not the only one fascinated by trains. I’ve only seen two museums, but trains are not limited to Railroad Museums only.

In 2012 a group of teachers involved in the Teaching American History Grant took the California State Railroad Museum tour. Here is my original Railroad Museum post as well as the follow-up post on the interior of trains and toy trains

In all of these pictures, you will see an abundance of squares and triangles for Cee’s challenge. I am in awe of how beautiful in addition to being utilitarian these old trains are. Can you imagine graffiti on these beauties? Graffiti is an industry that might never have existed if trains continued to be so gorgeous.

from the Railroad Museum in Sacramento, CA

If you are interested in trains, it’s easy to type in the number on the train and look up more information about it than you will ever remember.

Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too. This one is adorable and gives you the flavor and fun of the silent movie era.

If you skimmed past the video, you might want to back up before you skim the rest of the post.

Railroad Museum in Strasburg, PA Mom’s cousin, Hal getting ready to board #7002 and check out Manny’s driving skills.

“Many Americans have a romanticized view of trains, rooted in a bygone era of elaborately adorned rail cars lit by flickering gas lamps and pulled by smoke-belching steam locomotives.”

Alan Huffman

You can see that Manny had a great time in Strasburg, PA. His favorite place was the mail carrier section. He also enjoyed the dummies working on the railroad. He tried talking to them but they were dumbfounded.

Did you skip that video, too? No worries. Turn it on while you’re writing your comment or listen as you create your own WQW post.

Tillamook Air Museum and U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

And the industrial market has created padded bicycle pants to make riding so much more comfortable. No comment…

Bikes and planes aren’t about going fast or having fun; they’re toys, but serious ones.

Harrison Ford

My brother Randy and I explored the Tillamook Air Museum. I’ve included some of the artwork there, which I found almost as interesting as the planes. My original post on the Tillamook Air Museum.

My knowledge of mechanics is limited to the on and off switch on my car. Beyond that, I’m of little use. I can identify more with John Travolta in this next quote.

When I was a very little boy, I lived underneath the air pattern of LaGuardia airport in New York and I watched the planes fly to their destinations. I was in love with the design of these airplanes.

John Travolta

The mechanics of this plane are for John’s LAPC challenge. The next plane looks pretty easy to learn the mechanics.

Edward contemplated flying an antique plane.
Simple mechanics

Vince and I often ate at the Woodlake Runway Cafe where we could watch planes take off and land. The owner had the opportunity to ride in a jet that landed at the Woodlake Airport. She couldn’t go, so I walked out to get pictures. They invited me to fly to Visalia (a four-minute trip by jet.) Even though I turned it down, I captured some photographs I wouldn’t have seen outside of a museum.

Put your plane on autopilot, get out your guitar, and strum along. ๐Ÿ™‚

I like the word ‘autopilot’ more than I like the word ‘self-driving.’ ‘Self-driving’ sounds like it’s going to do something you don’t want it to do. ‘Autopilot’ is a good thing to have in planes, and we should have it in cars.

Elon Musk

I hope autopilot cars will not be as problematic as autocorrect on my telephone keypad.

Driving Agricultural Equipment

Some new, some old. You might not see any air conditioning in the early equipment.

Congratulate yourself. You’ve ALMOST made it to the end! One more song and a few announcements. I love the placement of the triangle in this video. It looks like he’s missing teeth, and that’s not sexy!

One last video if you like country music. The World Ag Expo attendees are very serious about their equipment. All of this stuff is VERY sexy to them.

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Now it’s your turn.

Tell us about your favorite train or plane rides or branch out into working rides like tractors and bikes, and…

Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with quotes.

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    • I eat plenty, LOL. Sleep is a little harder! I probably put too much into some of my posts. But I get carried away by some of the themes. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Hi Marsha – I didn’t realize there was a train theme going when I read Natalie’s post – but now I get it. Loved all your train museum photos and I can see that they’re a firm favourite in your family.

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    • Natalie writes the most interesting posts about Toronto. It must be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Trains being one of her most recent subjects. It was just coincidental that we had the same theme the same week. Thanks for the compliments, and yes, I think the love of trains run in our family. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful week, Leanne. I’ll pray for your sore hip.


  2. You are the ultimate story teller and picture gatherer…as well as Youtube sharer. What a detailed post Marsha, and one which many would love who find the combo of history and transportation. I will listen to Chatanooga Choo Choo.

    Denyse. #weekendcoffeeshare

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    • What a nice compliment. Denyse. There’s a lot of music there to listen to. My new blogging friend Clive posts a music post every Tuesday with a history of the group or the song or both. He usually includes about 4-6 songs, so it takes a long time to listen. I just got carried away. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • That would be a wise idea Natalie. LOL I don’t think they let people fly even recreationally without knowing what the instruments mean. It’s way too complicated for me, but I enjoy flying. I had several friends in Woodlake who were recreational pilots but I never flew with them. It can be quite dangerous even for those who know their stuff. But I have no doubt that you would make a good pilot if you decide to fly. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. A wonderful post which must have taken ages to compile. Madcap mayhem from the early silents; joy from Cash, the master; poignant tear-jerking (for me) romance from Peter, Paul, and Mary; and sexy stuff from Kenny

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    • Yes, it did. All of my WQW posts take me a lot of time to compose. Well, almost all of my posts take me a lot of time. but when I add music, I have to listen to various versions and pick the one I like. I usually find what I want by Googling the word and then finding ones that I know or possibly groups that I know. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It’s much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. There’s so much to explore in you transporting us the way you did in your informative post Marsha and your pictures are just rod solid. So vivid and bright i almost feel like I’m there.
    Fabulous!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  5. I enjoyed reviewing your photos, especially of the old trains, and specifically that beautiful Engine #1. This post is really dedicated to transportation, for sure. I’ve often wondered if I could ever ride one of those “penny-farthing” big wheel bikes.
    Nice work, Marsha!

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    • The one we all got on didn’t go anywhere. One guy did knock it down trying to get on it, though. It wasn’t easy. I don’t think I could climb up on it now.

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  6. A busy but fun post to read and enjoy, Marsha! Transportation is quite the topic since we have so many almost endless variations of them. I love the pic of you “riding” the big wheel bike! I like the idea of traveling by train but haven’t really done it. I guess I’m impatient and flying works best, although I prefer road trips most of the time. I also had to crack up about Manny’s experience with the dummies (sounds like a page out of my life these days, LOL). I loved the song you included “Leaving on a Jet Plane” but remember the John Denver version. Such good information in this post. I linked it to my Wordless Wednesday post today. I’ll see what I can come up with for Sunday Stills since my theme is Fun Feathers.

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  7. Great topic, Marsha. Synchronicity almost matched us up because I have a Transportation beach walk coming soon. Of course those of us of a certain age remember My Mother the Car …. Love the music … so many train songs …. so here’s one for you!

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    • I’ll look forward to seeing it. I got so inspired by your scent/smell post. You do all the brainstorming for me and get my brain started. ๐Ÿ™‚ A lot of people commented on the the quote I used from your blog. I love using other bloggers as my WQW base.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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