Train Ride

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The seasonal song, “Sleigh Ride,” has a wonderful sound and message; most of us have probably listened to that memorable song many times. With, “Christmas In The Air,” another form of travel has entered into my mind, with great warmth of soul. With all of the turmoil taking place in our nation today, it seems like a good thing to do, “just take a train ride somewhere.” Can anyone imagine how nice it would be to board a train in Kankakee, Illinois, and begin a comfortable ride where you can end your journey at Memphis, New Orleans, or somewhere in between? Have you ever been to Kankakee, Memphis, New Orleans, “or somewhere in between?” You can share those thoughts.

Arlo Guthrie (born July 10, 1947, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American folk singer-songwriter. Father of Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Cathy Guthrie. Son of folk singer Woody Guthrie, brother of Nora Guthrie and grandfather of Krishna Guthrie.

The song, “City of New Orleans,” was recorded by Arlo Guthrie in 1972, and is about a train, of that name, that ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The distance for the train ride is about 900 miles, and the time for that ride is about nineteen hours.

Other memorable train routes, The Orange Blossom Special, The Wabash Special and, of course, The City Of New Orleans, have a certain air of romanticism within their individual histories. The train trips that I have had in my past, have all left me with very pleasant memories. The Orange Blossom Special took me through the middle of beautiful Florida orange groves. “The Wabash Cannon Ball” was a fast express train line on the Wabash Railroad. This express train traveled throughout the middle and western United States and also, on the Great Rock Island Route in the late 1800s and into the early 1900s.

The Orange Blossom Special was a deluxe passenger train on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad and connecting railroads between New York City and Miami in the United States. It ran during the winter season only. It covered 1,327 miles (2,136 km) on the Pennsylvania Railroad from New York City to Washington, D.C., the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad from Washington to Richmond, and the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from Richmond via Raleigh, Columbia, and Savannah to Miami; I have traveled this route ($9.00 furlough fee, lol). A section also went to Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Some of my followers may have their own special memories of train trips. As a child, I can not think of any of my friends that did not want to have a Lionel Train Set. You will love this link.

Btw, my favorite train ride ended at Tampa, Florida, on my way to MacDill AFB.

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