Union Pacific Big Boy

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by RJVB » Tue May 14, 2019 12:51 pm

Sadly, that's true - and ever faster, which in itself adds more and more transfers to people who don't happen to live in a big A or big B.

Just hopping on the next train somewhere and enjoying the ride is no longer really possible (fares have been seeing to that too).
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Fri May 17, 2019 12:53 am

Steve Goodman’s “The City Of New Orleans” is no doubt the most popular railroad song.

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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by RJVB » Fri May 17, 2019 9:00 am

Most well-known maybe?

The text does describe the romance of former train travel very well, the song itself is a bit too romantic for me :)

As a kid I had the chance to ride a train like that in March 1979, the Canadian Pacific from Calgary to Vancouver. I don't think I'd have minded if my parents had booked the entire trip from Montréal (instead we flew to Calgary so I saw the snow-covered prairies from high up; and since I could spend almost the entire flight with the pilots I wasn't too disappointed :))

I suppose American trains are also beginning to look more like (supposedly) luxurious cattle transports that are all about taking the payload from one point to another as fast as possible?
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Re: Union Pacific Big Boy

Post by GuitarsWeB » Fri May 17, 2019 9:12 pm

I can tell you, by the words...Goodman knew a lot about railroading. I understand he rode the “City” many times to and from college (pre Amtrak days)...maybe even a railman.

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