Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Jim displays one of his own creations. This thing is really nice. It is incredibly true to the original. Something about how Jim does the flanging on the wheels, it runs so smooth you'd swear it was a clock by Rolex. This engine really finished up the day of exploring Bridgeport and New Haven nicely. I wish they had saved some of the glorious trains that passed through these cities. The trolleys, the electrics, anything. Karma is a funny thing. I think trains are intrinsically good. Same for toy trains. Kind of like opening an umbrella inside (bad luck), having trains outside (and inside) is just good luck.
I know the real electrics like the above didn't go 150 miles per hour or take everyone right to the mall but they also didn't fail horribly
(see: http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/21/amtrak.acela.ap/) and they still went pretty fast consistenly over a long period of time. By the way, obesity wasn't a major American problem when everyone had to walk to their favorite store on the street from the train or trolley. Ok, progress is progress, but the cities I walked around the past few days could stand a little less progress, a little more civic pride and maybe some trolleys....