September 19, 2014

I think I may be headed back to Minneapolis (like, permanently) very soon…not sure how I really feel about that, however…

September 19, 2014
italian-luxury:

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

italian-luxury:

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

(via theportraitofdoriancharcoal)

September 19, 2014
es44c4:

A late Amtrak Portland Section of the Empire Builder, Rolls through the long siding at Cooks, Washington on the beginning of it’s long run to Spokane and eventually Chicago. Amtrak temporarily rescheduled the Empire builder for an Earlier Departure time out of Portland, making for mostly daylight running all the way to Spokane, Washington during the long days of summer… (via RailPictures.Net Photo: ATK 15 Amtrak P42 at Bingen, Washington by Gary Durr)

es44c4:

A late Amtrak Portland Section of the Empire Builder, Rolls through the long siding at Cooks, Washington on the beginning of it’s long run to Spokane and eventually Chicago. Amtrak temporarily rescheduled the Empire builder for an Earlier Departure time out of Portland, making for mostly daylight running all the way to Spokane, Washington during the long days of summer… (via RailPictures.Net Photo: ATK 15 Amtrak P42 at Bingen, Washington by Gary Durr)

September 8, 2014
Norfolk Southern 1068, the Erie Railroad “Heritage” SD70ACe, and BNSF 6597, an ES44C4, are tied down near the end of double track at Steward, IL with a loaded oil train, waiting for a new crew before heading east toward Chicago.  September 8, 2014.

Norfolk Southern 1068, the Erie Railroad “Heritage” SD70ACe, and BNSF 6597, an ES44C4, are tied down near the end of double track at Steward, IL with a loaded oil train, waiting for a new crew before heading east toward Chicago.  September 8, 2014.

September 3, 2014

Hello to my new followers.  Glad you’ve decided that something about my Tumblr appeals to you enough that you want to follow me.  Thanks! :)

Sorry that I’ve not been around here lately.  I’ve been busy traveling (including the Minnesota State Fair and Duluth last weekend), visiting my niece Lorelei (the cutest baby ever BTW, and doing MUCH better now at one month old), and doing some other personal things…as well as dealing with a nasty case of vertigo (I think it’s over now) and my ever-less-useful 11-year-old Windows XP-using PC (which now has a partially broken monitor).

I do plan to start using this again soon so stay tuned for more trains and things…so stay tuned…

July 25, 2014

My niece, Lorelei Elise, was born (as expected) on July 23.  However, complications developed and she is currently receiving care in the NICU.  Signs so far look good but we’re still not sure about long-term prospects.

Please keep our family, and especially baby Lorelei, in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you.

July 22, 2014
Metra Western Ave shops by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.

Metra Western Ave shops by Mark LLanuza on Flickr.

July 22, 2014
theprairiestate:

Nygrens Wetlands, Rockton, Illinois, USA (by photomama777)

theprairiestate:

Nygrens Wetlands, Rockton, Illinois, USA (by photomama777)

July 22, 2014
poboh:

Boys on the Road, 1936, Hansel Mieth. (1909 - 1998)

poboh:

Boys on the Road, 1936, Hansel Mieth. (1909 - 1998)

(via thesunsetempire)

July 21, 2014
qstation:

Andy gives us a wave as he rushed out of Tunnel 24 at Nemo. by Wade White on Flickr.Andy gives us a wave as he rushed out of Tunnel 24 at Nemo.

qstation:

Andy gives us a wave as he rushed out of Tunnel 24 at Nemo. by Wade White on Flickr.

Andy gives us a wave as he rushed out of Tunnel 24 at Nemo.

July 21, 2014
Counting Down the Days…

I may be an uncle (for the first time!) on Wednesday.  Or not.  Or sooner.  All depends on what my sister, her doctor, and my soon-to-be born niece decide…

At any rate, I’m really looking forward to meeting my niece, baby Lorelei, for the first time!!

July 10, 2014
My fourth heritage unit!
Norfolk Southern 8025, the “Monongahela” heritage unit, is seen tied down at Oregon, IL on the afternoon of July 9, 2014.  Also in the consist were NS 1029 and BNSF 777.  The train of loaded tank cars was headed east towards Chicago and home rails, but for some reason was parked at Oregon on BNSF’s Chicago-Twin Cities main.

My fourth heritage unit!

Norfolk Southern 8025, the “Monongahela” heritage unit, is seen tied down at Oregon, IL on the afternoon of July 9, 2014.  Also in the consist were NS 1029 and BNSF 777.  The train of loaded tank cars was headed east towards Chicago and home rails, but for some reason was parked at Oregon on BNSF’s Chicago-Twin Cities main.

July 10, 2014
marmarinou:

Vintage Advertisement by Jasperdo on Flickr.Vintage Advertisement

marmarinou:

Vintage Advertisement by Jasperdo on Flickr.

Vintage Advertisement

July 9, 2014

The best part of getting Dish Network (and dropping Comcast), besides the lower monthly bill, is that I now get HBO for free for three months…and I can finally watch Looking (on demand)!

Finally I’m starting to get caught up with the rest of the gay world…

July 2, 2014

Departures at Galesburg

Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr (top) and Southwest Chief (bottom) depart Galesburg, IL for Emeryville and Los Angeles, CA, respectively.  The trains are clearing “A Plant”, at the north end of the massive Galesburg terminal, and are headed out on the passenger main.  June 28, 2014.

Clearly, Amtrak’s prohibition against fans taking photos of trains at their stations was being ignored during Galesburg Railroad Days…

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