"Song of Yesterday"
Black Country CommunionFreezing 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.
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.
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." 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.
Thank you, Lawrence, for helping me with the crop. I appreciate you!
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
) won't run me down.