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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My Choices for This Week

“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. 🙂

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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57 responses to “WQW #18: Transportation: Trains, Planes, and Working Machines”

  1. […] post is linked to Marsha’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday for May 18th. Her subject was Travel, and yes, I am lagging behind, but please forgive me. […]

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  2. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Looks like Manny had a great time at the railroad museum 😃

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Manny loves to horse around. LOL!

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      Wonderful post, Sadje!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      A fabulous collection of stories for WQW this week! Thanks Liana. 🙂

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  6. Gary A Wilson Avatar

    Gracious Marsha,
    A post like this would take me weeks to produce and assemble.
    Great stuff, but – do you ever sleep?
    . . . or eat?

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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  7. leannelc Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful week, Leanne. I’ll pray for your sore hip.

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  8. Denyse Whelan Blogs Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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  9. csuhpat1 Avatar

    So very cool. In June, I will be posting about my trip to the California State Railroad Museum, I took a couple of weeks ago. Here is one that I didn’t see on your list:

    https://csuhpat1.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-historical-niles-depot.html

    It is the little Museum in the Niles District in Fremont, Ca

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed seeing your pictures. It’s a great place to visit. 🙂

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  10. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, What a great collection of trains, planes, and farming transportation. I’m interested in taking flying lessons to become a recreational pilot but timing hasn’t worked out yet. The dashboard in a plane looks complicated and I want to learn how to read it and fly safely, LOL.

    Here’s my contribution: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/05/20/what-stories-do-these-trains-tell/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      I linked this to my post. Thanks for reading and joining WQW. Our topics matched perfectly. 🙂

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  15. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Good to see Manny driving the train!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Manny loves to go places. 🙂

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  17. derrickjknight Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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  18. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    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!! 💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wish you were, but I’m not there either. So we would be travelers passing in the night. 🙂

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  19. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  20. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Fun feathers – boas around the rear view mirror from the 60s? Speaking of flying. I’m going to try to find a place in Sac for a month or six weeks. Then I could just drive to Portland from there, or still probably better to fly since I’d have to fly back to Portland to get my car, but Miriam is going to Portland at the end of September. That works out beautifully for the dahlias.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        OK lets chat when you get the chance.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Any time. I’m looking up on a site called Furnished Finders for places to stay in Sacramento. I’ve found several. One we could rent for three months for the price of one month in a hotel. That would give me plenty of leeway to come up to Portland, go to Woodlake and do all the sight-seeing we wanted to in Sac.

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          1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            Wow, that’s amazing! How about tomorrow afternoon?

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Sounds like a plan. Are you subbing?

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          3. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

            In the morning til about 11am.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Call me when you can.

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  21. Wordless Wednesday: High #Flight – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives Avatar

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  22. Kirstin Avatar

    These are great Marsha….we’ve been to the Tillamook air museum too…a few years ago. I was going to look for photos but just didn’t have the energy to do so..haha. Trains are so fascinating too. Love all your photos.

    Here’s my link
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/05/wqwtheme-traveltransportationby-train.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Definitely take a dinner cruise! 🙂

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  23. willowdot21 Avatar

    Wow what an amazing journey this post is, photos, videos, and information.🙂💜💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I got carried away with the music, but it was fun. I had been listening to Clive. Do you know him? He does a weekly post about music.

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        No I will have to check him out 💜💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          His blog is called Take it Easy.

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you 💜

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Let me know what you think. http://cliveblogs.wordpress.com/

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          3. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you for the link a great music blog but no sign of transportation 💜

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            No, his is not about transportation, but he does a music blog each Tuesday. It takes a long time to listen to it all, but I’ve missed a lot of music throughout my life – you can’t know it all – so I’ve enjoyed his comments and his choices. Frank from Beach Reflections also has at least one music video on his posts.

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          5. willowdot21 Avatar

            Well thank you so much for sending me his way he has a great blog 💜

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            Glad you enjoyed it. I haven’t known him long, but I have to agree with you.

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          7. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you 💜

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  24. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂 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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