Archive for September 9, 2008

We have so many train books in our house. Many of them were bought for my son. Many were bought for me and passed down to my son. Many were bought for my Dad, passed down to me…and passed down to my son. A couple of years ago I rummaged through the collection of children’s books about trains at my parent’s house and one book in particular really stood out. The book is titled “Mr. Punnymoon’s Train.”

Also, a few years ago my son and I became members of the live steam club in our area (www.triadlivesteamers.org). We love it. It’s been incredible and he shows no signs of losing interest as he gets older.

This particular book had been my father’s and it stood out to me because it’s the story of an old steam locomotive engineer who retires and can’t find anything to do with his time. His wife suggests he build something in his shop. So, he decides to build a steam engine since that’s all he knows. He builds it, a neighbor suggests an air pump for the chuffing sound and he puts a nice whistle on it. He starts blowing the whistle and children come running from all over the neighborhood all excited. The children ask him to build some cars so they can ride and the engineer does just that. However, there’s nowhere to lay track because his yard is too small.

So, he puts on a nice suit and goes to town to talk to the City Park Commissioner who agress to let the engineer build his railroad in the city park. It’s such an awesome little story and one that parallels our club’s recent development. We’re in the middle of building a new live steam railroad in the city park down in Harrisburg, NC.

Check this book out for yourself and your kids. You’ll love it.

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Surviving Steam Engines in NC

Posted: September 9, 2008 in Steam Locomotives

I recently stumbled on a cool resource for locating all the surviving full scale steam engines in North Carolina. These include those on display, as well as those in operation.

http://www.steamlocomotive.com/lists/NC.shtml

Southern Railway Steam Engine #1894 in Tanglewood, near Clemmons, NC.

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