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.
IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW
This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday. The only rule is to use a quote. That’s it! If you want to participate, create a pingback to link your post. Not sure how to do that? See how to create pingbacks here. Be sure to link to this post, not my page.
Featured Bloggers for WQW #17: What’s That Smell?
- BEACH WALK REFLECTIONS
- INK DROPS (poem)
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- LADY LEE MANILA
- LOVING LIFE
- NEW 2 WRITING
- SECOND WIND LEISURE ( SUNDAY STILLS)
- JOURNEYS WITH JOHNBO – (amazing story in the comment section of WQW #17
Other Challenges that Inspired WQW # 17
- CELL PIC SUNDAY
- LENS-ARTISTS PHOTO CHALLENGE – Industrial and Mechanical
- CFFC– (Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge) squares and triangles
- WEEKEND COFFEE SHARE Natalie’s great post on Trains in Toronto.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
For More Ideas on Transportation Check Out …
- YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE
- CALLING ALL RUSHBABES
- KEEP IT ALIVE
- LADY SIGHS
- LOVING LIFE
- NATALIE THE EXPLORER
- SECOND WIND LEISURE
- TISH FARRELL (in response to Cee’s B&W Tender Moments)
UPDATES ON ALWAYS WRITE
- May Story Chat: “As Far As a Former Prisoner Can Go” by Charli Mills – Where your comments become links in the Story Chat Summary post.
- NEW and SO COOL Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge – rewrite May Story Chat in 99 words – no more – no less! Read the Story Chat comments for possible holes in the original story to inspire your challenge story. This was Charli’s cool idea after reading your comments.
- New PPAC on Friday. Comments for “PPAC #46 Danger in Lake Havasu City” this week are open until tomorrow at noon – Phoenix time.
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.