Monday, September 23, 2013
On September 19-22, 2013, I attended the Soo Line Historical Convention in Crystal Lake, Illinois, northwest of Chicago. On Thursday evening, September 19, I presented a picture show about "The Blueberry Line." Friday was dedicated to a bus/train/bus tour of railroad sights. We bussed to Antioch to catch a Metra train. Here is the depot.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Today I am riding the Saratoga & North Creek Railway tourist train. They have a full dome car and guess where I am riding. As I step out of the motel I am greeted by a beautiful sunrise over the city of Albany.
One reason I like riding tourist trains is the crews and staff are always very friendly, unlike Amtrak and most Class 1 railroads. Conductor Mike and Engineer Brad were great and Brad gave me a personal tour of the BL2. Here's the inside.
North Creek is well-known for the Teddy Roosevelt story. It is here that Roosevelt found out that President McKinley had been assassinated and he would be President. If you want more of the story, here it is: