Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes......

It was a week ago today that we visited the Boone and Valley Scenic Railroad.  When the train reaches its destination at the end of the rail, the engine is disconnected and travels around to the other end of the train to pull the load back home.  The photo is not the best but does it show somewhat the view of seeing our steamer passing by us. The 11 car load that it had been pulling gets to reverse its direction. The head of the guy is a bonus for you to see.  Four young people, high school or college age, sat opposite us and hung their heads out of the windows most of the journey.

The steam locomotive has such neat sounds, strong smoke smells, and the best sounding whistle ever. The whistle was such a great sound taking me back to my old days of seeing them running through our small town of Murray, Iowa.  I also think of the state of Colorado as steam engines are a part of their history and the sounds are a way to promote the memories of their history.

Looking down from the Kate Shelley Bridge the real experience lets you feel how high the bridge is. The story of the Kate Shelly who rescued a lot of people from death by train wreck is shared in children's schools reading books still today. The coal companies built that bridge to transport their coal out of their mines to be shipped out throughout the state.

This is another view of the steam engine that pulls the train seven days a week. No smoke stack is designed on the new modern Chinese-made train.  The engine is sitting here having its water tanks refilled.  As I was there the steam was being release and the sound was loud and the steam was very wet. 

The morning glories are not going to die.  In spite of the weather the  blues just keep showing off. I have photos in the camera of three whites and one blue all out blooming by the back door.

I also need to go out and pick more tomatoes.  The other cherry tomato plant is covered with small tomatoes.  I need to decide to go ahead and pick the rest of the green larger tomatoes.  I don't think they are ripening in the cold temperatures so bringing them inside will make them either ripen or rot.

Off to the bookstore this morning and lots of work to get done when we get back.  We won't warm up until late afternoon so I will have to wear a jacket in the afternoon.  I hope everyone is having a good day.  Thanks for hanging around my blog. I wish you all well.


Patsy said...

Glad you are having a good day, we got very cool
last night.

The Furry Gnome said...

All the tomatoes are gone here.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a treat to ride on that train. Thanks for sharing.
Tomatoes still hanging on here. We're pretty cold at night, but haven't had a season ending frost yet.

Far Side of Fifty said...

That is some cool engine! I am so glad you got to go for a ride! That tomato looks yummy! :)