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"Song of Yesterday" Black Country Communion
Freezing night, a oil lamp burns
The sun's fire, soon will return
Broken castles, the flags still flown
Like a living ghost.


Of course I'm bragging a little. :D Tom Hanks played on this train. Oh, it's romantic...steam trains. Admit it, people. The days gone by...the magic and majesty, the corrupting power the rails represented to land and man.  :shrug: and just by luck and active disregard a few times over, this beauty rides again. It really is a beautiful thing to see and hear. That call brings a shiver to my neck each time--and it reminds me of something I have no active memory of.  But it is there.

"1225's blueprints were the prototype for the locomotive image, and its sounds were used in the 2004 film The Polar Express. The film was based on the Caldecott Medal winning book of the same name. The children's book was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and as a child attended every home football game at Michigan State, next to which this engine was on static display. He recalls playing on this engine many times as a child saying, "I remember that train on campus,...I can't believe it's the same train! I climbed on that train. I actually stood on it."[3] Appropriately enough, the locomotive's road number is the date of Christmas, 12/25. "
~Wikipedia link Pere Marquette 1225

And the Pere Marquette is in reference and honor of the French Jesuit missionary who founded the first European settlement in Michigan, which happened to be wayyy up in the upper peninsula. Later he founded one of my favorite towns: Saint Ignace. Cute old fashioned town...and a gateway to the most beautiful, rugged land around--the Upper Peninsula. :love:

Thank you, Lawrence, for helping me with the crop. I appreciate you! :hug:

The train will be running in the area for then next three weekends. I will probably try to get more photos. If I'm lucky, one of the crazy train chasers (they are CRAZY, many out-of-staters :o) won't run me down. :paranoid:
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SwiftFlyer Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Classic picture.
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:icondragon-fly-to-me:
Indeed. :) Thank you.
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GalaxyExpress999 Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic's slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe

Trains move quickly to their journey's end
Destinations are where we begin again
Ships go sailing far across the sea
Trusting starlight to get where they need to be
When it seems that we have lost our way
We find ourselves again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that's playing
There's no time to waste
There's so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe

Just believe
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:icondragon-fly-to-me:
That is a great song :) Thanks!
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Teddy-Cube Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this really amazing
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:icondragon-fly-to-me:
Thank you. :) I think so too.
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Teddy-Cube Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah right :D
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bindii Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:worship: Fantastic!!! :wow:
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:icondragon-fly-to-me:
Thank you kindly, Carol :)
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Metal-Bender Dec 31, 2013   Photographer
Amazing Jessica!
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