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Friday, June 3, 2011

Sepia Saturday - 77 - 4 June 2011...All aboard....

All aboard the Sepia Saturday Express train to Happiesville!  Alan has set our theme in a direction that I wish I could take as well......even though I just got back home......it's so much fun traveling!  Especially by train!

If you want to join in on this train/Sepia/anything theme/ and fantastic fun then just go here
http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2011/05/sepia-saturday-77-saturday-4-june-2011.html

"Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown.  Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas!...we return."  - Edward Morgan Forster



   Since Alan's theme opens up the railroad of course there are so many ways one could journey!  So let's begin with a group of happy go lucky Minnesotans!

courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society

Hugs and Kisses!...Sending their loved ones off to war, (members of the Semper Fidelis Club, St. Paul) saying farewell to young Marines in 1942.

and on a funny, yet normal kind of Minnesota day.....we have just a typical day of......


courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society
"The Fish Train!"  It appears quite a catch can be had with only 1 1/2 hours of fishing on Leech Lake in 1896.
Okay, enough silly stuff....how about some educational clips......

courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society
Our famous "Stone Arch Bridge" located in Minneapolis about 1900
it crosses the Great "Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis and was built in 1883 by railroad tycoon, James. J. Hill for his (famous) Great Northern Railway.

and keeping the path of trains in the family James J. Hill's grandson also featured...


courtesy of Ramsey County Historical Society
This is a Prototype of a streamlined passenger coach next to a standard railroad coach of the 1930's at Inglewood, California.  It was designed by Cortlandt Hill, grandson of James J. Hill and at 32,000 pounds, this bullet-shaped coach was one-fifth the weight of the older coach. 
Cortlandt Hill had a pair of plywood passenger cars resembling ordinary units of a streamlined duralumin train.  Here is a link for an interesting article, about it:  Transport: Jounceless- Time http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,758983,00.html

...and from my own family album....
My grandparents (from my mother's side) in 1954 Cologne Central Train Station, Koln Hauptbahnhof.
and this train ride will end after we stop by a private railroad track known only to my cousin, Jorg and his most intimate family members......taken sometime in the 50's......


Oh what fun I'm sure he had with his very own private railway system!

I hope you all enjoyed your brief ride.....and come back and join us again and again...as often as you'd like!

17 comments:

Postcardy said...

The one from your family album is very nice. I also love the fish train.

Kristin said...

lucky Jorg having his own train!

Howard said...

All of these pictures are excellent. Cousin Jorg is great though, what a lucky boy. Is that huge thing next to him a television? Love the 50s fabric on the furniture!

Brett Payne said...

I've travelled on the Shinkansen bullet train, but I think a trip in that streamlined coach would be just as cool. Great photos thank you.

Cloudia said...

Railfan!!!!! Me Too :)


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Christine H. said...

They're all great photos, but I like your family photos the best. I would love to know all the details on the Jorg photo...about the sofas and the TV and the train set. The picture of your grandparents is so sweet and wonderful.

savethephotos said...

Im with Christine! I love the cousin with the toy train picture. I right away noticed the cool couches and tv too! I collect toys, vintage furniture, you name it, that is a pic Id buy if I came across it for my toy photo collection.

savethephotos said...

or is that a stereo and not a tv? I collect old tvs, stereos and record players, buttons look more like a stereo?

darlin said...

I love your grandparents photo, what a blessing to have photos of your family. The photo of the war made me smile briefly, until I wondered how many of the ladies never seen their loved one again.

Excellent post, I enjoyed the ride. :-)

Karen S. said...

All really good questions about the TV or stereo, I'll have to see if I can find out.... my uncle Freddie (my mother's oldest brother) always had the best things and anything that came out new.....!

Bob Scotney said...

Early morning fish trains were once a feature of railways in Britain, transporting fish from ports. These days it's all done by road transport I think. Enjoyed this post, Karen.

Tattered and Lost said...

A fish train? A fish train? That is so bizarre. I'm guessing it was a smelly ride home.

Love seeing the fella with the toy train. Takes me back.

tony said...

Wonderful Journey (apart from the "Fish Train" !) I Love That prototype! 'Like Something Out Of "The Twilight Zone"!

Little Nell said...

What a wonderfully diverse collection. I like the family album shots, especially the grandparents posing a little uncomfortably perhaps.

Pat said...

Great photos KAREN. I think my favorite is your grandparents. I am slowly catching up on all things blog. Have you changed your blog, I seem to be having some trouble posting comments...Pat in southern MN

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