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Subject: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: skipy
Date: 04 May 05 - 06:44 PM

Oh! In trouble again!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 May 05 - 07:11 PM

Baltimore and Ohio.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 04 May 05 - 07:40 PM

Hope Valley


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 05 - 07:48 PM

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy!
The Illinois Central!
The Missouri Pacific!
The Great Northern!
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific!
Denver & Rio Grande Western!
The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe!
I love the sound of those old names.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Peace
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:00 PM

http://www.trainscan.com/hist/index.html


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Bobert
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:01 PM

Well, I went down to the station
I leaned up against the door
Yeah, I went down to the station
leaned up aginst the door
Ya' know I know that New York Central
Anytime I hear her blow

Son House....

Well, I was standin' an' a listenin'
For that Southern whistle blow
Yeah, I was standin' an' a listenin'
For that Southern whistle blow
Didn't hear no Southern
Don't know where my Baby go

Arthur Krudupp...

Sad day sittin' on the B & O Line
Don't know why I jumped that train
Yeah, sad day sittin' on the B & O Line
Don't know why I jumped that train
Guess life's questions got to me that day
Had nothin' left there to gain

Bobert...


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Peace
Date: 04 May 05 - 08:17 PM

Did anyone else ever call the Baltimore and Ohio the Barbeque in the game of Monopoly?


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,Mark Cohen, away from home
Date: 05 May 05 - 12:41 AM

No, we called it the "BO" and thought that was hilarious.
And by the way, "Reading" as in "Take a ride on the Reading" is pronounced "Redding." The railroad was named for its original terminus, Reading, Pa.

My favorite railway line is the PJ&B, which stands for Princeton Junction and Back. It runs about 4 1/2 miles from Princeton Junction (on the Pennsylvania line, now Amtrak) to Princeton. And back. One car. We called it "The Dinky."

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Micca
Date: 05 May 05 - 02:45 AM

The West Highland Line!!! Fort William to Mallaig, Scotland especially the Glenfinnan Viadust but the entire journey, especially on a steam Train, for views of the area Click here


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Sooz
Date: 05 May 05 - 03:03 AM

Anything in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 05 - 05:24 AM

Agree with Micca on the West Highland line. A real beaut.

Did the Urumuqi to Kashgar rail journey two years ago. That is in Xinjiang Province. 26 hours through rock desert, sand desert, mountains and the occasional lush valley.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,Shanghaiceltic
Date: 05 May 05 - 05:27 AM

Sorry forgot to log in. That was me above. *Goes to corner with big D hat on*


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 05 - 06:01 AM

Newcastle to Edinburgh. Beautiful views of the coast including Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 05 May 05 - 07:50 AM

Isle of Man steam railway, 1960-63. Indian red steam engines, gleaming brasswork, wooden carriages, idyllic settings.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 05 - 08:06 AM

KENYA.
Nairobi - Mombasa. And there's a wonderful railway museum right next to Nairobi Station, you can climb all over the old steam engines.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 05 May 05 - 08:07 AM

The Bala lake miniature steam railway, and the La'l Ratty in Cumbria


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: greg stephens
Date: 05 May 05 - 03:48 PM

(In England)The Cumbrian coast railway is a great ride. Go from Lancaster, via Barrow, to Carlisle. Coast and mountain views all the way. And stop off at Ravenglass for a diversion up the Ratty and back(small gauge steam train, runs up Eskdale to Boot, as recommended by Wandering Minstrel in the previous post). Or if you've got any sense, get off at Silecroft and stay there the rest of life watching the sunsets and walking up Black Combe now and again.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 May 05 - 04:30 PM

The NY Central
The ATSF
The Milwaukee Road
The Illinois Central

Lionel Lines


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Folkiedave
Date: 05 May 05 - 04:42 PM

Palma (Mallorca) - Soller.

The driver stops so people can enjoy the view at one point.

However the Hope Valley was mantioned and is probably the only railway route with once a month folk music.

See: http://www.folktrain.org.uk/


Best regards,

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Bill D
Date: 05 May 05 - 06:50 PM

The Weehawken, Hoboken & Troy....I 'think' it was an invention in a child's book I had as a kid.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 05 - 07:30 PM

Lionel Lines, indeed, Martin ~ an old favorite of mine, as well!

In terms of full-scale railroads, the old New Jersey Central RR was THE railroad of my childhood. It was part of the Baltimore & Ohio system, and once a day a B&O locomotive would zoom though our town without stopping, pulling a passenger train to New York City. The Reading Railroad was also affiliated, and we'd see their trains pass though on our tracks, too, but it was the freight and passenger trains of the NJCRR that carried our commuting workforce and the products of our local factories in and out of town several times a day every day.

When we took the train to New York, we actually only went as far as a ferry terminal in Jersey City, where everyone got off the train, boarded a boat, and made the crossing to Liberty Street in downtown Manhattan (near the Wall Street financial district, and very near the future site of the World Trade Center twin towers). Combining railroad and ferryboat travel made a special day trip just that much more of an event, every time.

Most, but not all, of the old NJCRR line survives as the Raritan Valley Line of the NJTransit system. Somewhere east of the Roselle/Roselle Park station, the new right-of-way abandons the old route through Elizabeth to Jersey City and insteads jogs north over to Newark Penn Station, where you transfer ~ not to a ferryboat any longer, but ~ to another train, the Amtrak main line, which takes you under the Hudson and into midtown, to New York's Penn Station (under the new Madison Square Garden). A little quicker, but much less glamorous, than the old itinerary.

The lovely old NJCRR Ferry Terminal building still stands on the Jersey City riverfront, a stone's throw from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; today it's part of Liberty State Park.

The Weehauken, Hoboken & Troy sounds like another long-gone New Jersey line. If it's not fictional, it probably still exists, in some diminished way, as part of the spiderweb-like NJTransit system. In fact, it could conceivably be the actual railroad featured in the recent indy film "The Station Agent," set in Hoboken, suburban/exurban Morris County, and beautiful Lake Hopatcong -- anyone know??


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 05 - 07:37 PM

Don't know so I can't help you Guest 07:30, but I just saw the film last weekend and loved it!


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 06 May 05 - 08:48 AM

Hey, baby, come into my Pullman and we'll have a little fun...


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 May 05 - 01:52 PM

The Rock Island line is a mighty good road!

Taking The Southern Mail through Memphis & Vaughan,Mississippi? (with whom??)

The Isle of Sodor?

Anyway, "The train I ride is twenty-one coaches long!"

CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Once Famous
Date: 06 May 05 - 02:34 PM

Of course I forget to mention our own beloved CTA.

The "L" tracks, many structures now over 100 years old, continue to be a backdrop to the breathing city of Sandburg, Sinclair, Algren, and Farrell.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: John Hardly
Date: 06 May 05 - 02:39 PM

My dad payed his way through college working the Nickel Plate.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: robomatic
Date: 06 May 05 - 03:06 PM

"is this seat taken?"
"I don't know where you've been all my life, but I'd sure like to know where you're getting off!"
"Do you like unholy rollers?"
"They say that the constant movement over the rails makes a woman fell - different."
"No conductor, I wasn't bothering her, honest!"


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 May 05 - 03:27 PM

One of my favorite railway lines is "How long has the train been gone?" Another is "Tickets, please, tickets...."


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Once Famous
Date: 06 May 05 - 03:31 PM

How about, "Willoby. Next stop is Willoby."


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 May 05 - 05:39 PM

"Weehawken, Hoboken, and..." Hey! I had that same book as a kid! I wonder what happened to it? I haven't thought of it in years. Was that the name of the book? And are you sure it was Troy? I seem to remember Trent. Might be wrong, though. I sure don't remember much about the book except that phrase.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Bill D
Date: 06 May 05 - 06:35 PM

Oh, I'm sure it was Troy...I have this strange memory for odd lines like that....but I barely remember anything else about it.

(ain't Mudcat sumpthin'? *grin*)

My father was a Western Union lineman who worked a lot in Colorado,Wyoming...etc. during the 30s & 40s. His crew strung the telegraph lines along the D&RGW after the Moffat Tunnel was constructed. I head many a railroad story, as the Western Union crews used small 'motor cars' to haul equipment on the tracks to work sites.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Col K
Date: 07 May 05 - 04:23 PM

Any railway line that is still open to passengers.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Strollin' Johnny
Date: 08 May 05 - 02:02 AM

Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William. And on to Mallaig (with a STEAM loco in the summer! Wooooooooo-Hoo!).
S:0)


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: DaveA
Date: 08 May 05 - 03:50 AM

I'd suggest these three:

1/    Myrdal to Flam (Norway). No cogs, no cables, just 5 sets of brakes as it descends 900 metres in 20 kilometres to the south arm of the Sognefiord with views that are out of this world

2/    Centovalli Railway from Locarno to Domodossola. Only the Swiss could see nothing comical in putting the company's initials on the side of the train - even if the result is F.A.R.T. Must be one of the most photographed trains in Europe.

3/   And Victoria, Australia's much loved Puffing Billy. An old logging narrow gauge line that the authorities have tried to kill off for more than 50 years. Exclusively steam powered & run by a local Preservation Society, it chugs through the hills every weekend & sometimes (holidays) during the week for 20 odd miles & even races runners over 6 miles in an annual race (for the record, it usually beats about half the field home). Along with the Healesville Sanctuary (see every Australian native animal at very close range) & the Yarra (the only river known to man where the mud flows on top of the water), Puffing Billy completes the list of genuine tourist attractions in Melbourne.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: JennyO
Date: 10 May 05 - 10:24 AM

"Mind the Gap" - the London Underground.

Been there, done that, and I really do have the t shirt (I bought it in Cambridge).


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: PoppaGator
Date: 10 May 05 - 10:40 AM

Anybody read any of Paul Theroux's travel books? There's a man who knows and appreciates railroads!

By the way, that was me back at 05 May 05 - 07:30 PM, reminiscing about the CRRNJ (I now realize that its proper name was "Central RR of New Jersey," although most foolks called it the "Jersey Central") ~ I didn't realize I was cookieless at the time.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Bill D
Date: 10 May 05 - 06:01 PM

Silverton to Durango narrow gauge one of the most famous in the US.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 May 05 - 02:01 AM

I was very disappointed to learn that one of my favorites, the Georgetown [Colorado] Loop Railroad, has ceased operation. There are some nice pictures here, though.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 May 05 - 06:02 AM

What! No mention of the Settle to Carlisle line yet???

Oh aye - I just mentioned it!

Doh.

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: wildlone
Date: 11 May 05 - 04:46 PM

The old S&D,
or, Slow and Dirty,
Somerset and Dorset.
Anybody who goes to Swanage can ride the S&D as it is run by a trust now.
dave


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 05 - 09:56 PM

The Virginian Railroad which (until it was bought by the N&W in 1959) used to haul coal and 1 passenger train each way per day between Norfolk, VA and Deepwater, WV through some of the most rugged and beautiful mountains in the SE USA. The run between Eggleston VA and Deepwater was truly amazing.

Padre


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 May 05 - 09:47 AM

Not a commercial line, but if it's still there, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railway in Boone, Iowa is a delight.

They have a steam locomotive made in China, one of the last ever made. (The Chinese were switching to diesels.) When the locomotive arrived, the buyers were delighted to see that the Chinese had added messages of friendship in red characters on its sides.

The ride is very pretty.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 12 May 05 - 10:00 AM

Another mention for the line from Fort William to Mallaig
For a shorter journey, St Erth to St Ives (as in the Flanders and Swan song, but still part of the network) running along the edge of the dunes by Lelant Saltings and round a rocky headland at Carbis Bay.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 12 May 05 - 11:45 PM

Poppagator, if you take the NJ Transit to Hoboken you can catch the ferry to Manhattan from there, and the last time I did it was August 2000, over to walk through the World Trade Center and across to the South Street Seaport.

~ Becky in Tucson
(who grew up in Morris County and still visits aged parents there)


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: gnomad
Date: 13 May 05 - 02:24 PM

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, complete with WW1 shrapnel holes in some of the carriages.

Probably also the only railway where a driver once drove off the end of the track and knocked down a privy, luckily an unoccupied one. Not the prettiest route as it wound its way among the chalets at about 5m.p.h., but memorable for the people-watching.

Shame it got closed down, and no, it wasn't because of the privy incident.


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: GUEST,skipy
Date: 13 May 05 - 03:39 PM

D the G:-
Tatty ratty? I believe?
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: More favorite railway lines
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 13 May 05 - 04:14 PM

The Amtrak Silver Meteor from NYC all the way to Miami,Florida. For those like me who are afraid to fly it is always a memorable journey. You get to meet a lot of interesting people in 26 long hours.

                                           SOL ZELLER


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