On Saturday morning I found a yard sale with interesting books; I bought some of 'em. Then I drove over to my pard Don's house, where we took off for the Walkersville, MD train.
Captioned photos here, on my Picasa site.
It was really neat... it's an out and back trip of about an hour. A diesel engine tug takes you out - not a steam train as I reported Friday. I kind of liked getting a lung full of diesel fumes in the open car just in back of the tug - the hobo experience!
The Walkerville RR volunteers were all working busily - on the hottest day of the year - rebuilding big diesel engines, restoring Pullman cars, etc. A lot of work. I kept getting the impression that Don and I were getting mildly recruited. But if you like trains and have a yen to work with heavy equipment, this is the place for you!
I was very bad on Sunday; I blew off church and drove two hours south to Petersburg, VA, about 20 miles south of Richmond. In the 22 years I've lived in Virginia I've never done the battlefield tour there. So it was high time to rectify that.
Captioned photos on my Picasa photo site.
I'm fond of repeating this, but as Tom Sawyer said, "There ain't nothin' half so interesting as a place a book has talked about!" Now when I read about Ft. Stedman, the Crater, Colquitt's Salient, Five Forks and City Point I'll have mental images of actually being at the sites.
It was pouring down rain by the time I arrived at Petersburg, but it soon quit and things dried up enough for me to take the top down on my VW convertible. Half the fun was blasting around with the top down and racing down country roads.
That's all for today. By all means look at my photo albums - I spent some time putting them together...