Fourth of July Train Spotting

A few years ago, I took a train trip from Worcester, MA to St. Louis, MO. I’ve been fascinated with trains ever since, so “train spotting” original trains seemed like a perfect activity for the Fourth of July holiday. The Steaming Tender in Palmer is a train enthusiast’s dream. It’s a restored 1884 restaurant/train museum located at a running railroad station depot. Both the inside and outside of the building are filled with railroad memorabilia. The genial wait staff are dressed as engineers. (While we were eating, they gathered at a diner’s table with a train whistle and bell, and regaled us all with their version of “Happy Birthday” sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Workin’ On The Railroad” of course! ) You can step into an original 1904 Pullman Car and imagine a younger America, maybe even “hear” a politician in a top hat campaigning from the back landing. Antique cars and locomotives fill the depot, and freight trains are constantly whizzing by on the tracks.


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About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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