Saturday, February 24, 2018

Before the Iron Horse

 There were real horses. And in Florida that meant cowboys.

OK, Cowgirls. The 31 annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride across the state ended Saturday, February 24, 2018 with a parade in Fort Pierce. The ride started Feb. 17 on the west coast in Bradenton honoring the Florida cowboy pioneers.

After the War Between the States (recent unpleasantness) a group of pioneers were know as Florida Crackers because of the cracking sound from the whips they used to drive cattle and oxen pulling carts and wagons. Every year they would drive the scrub cattle across the state from west of Ft. Pierce to Bradenton and then to Punta Rassa for shipment to Havana, Cuba. Other sources say the cattle operations started earlier.

The Cracker Trail was the only dry route across Florida with the Kissimmee River and its floodplains to the north and Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades to the south. For more information, go to

For another interesting read see:  Jacob Summerlin (February 20, 1820 – November 4, 1893), aka the King of the Crackers and King of the Cracker Cow Hunters, was reputed to be the first child born in Florida after the land was ceded by Spain.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chesapeake and Ohio 614 -- A Link

Chickenmon did a great Friday Night Steam post on the C & O 614 locomotive. I did a bit of looking around and found this video and wanted to share.

C&O 614 - 80+mph From The Air!

The information on the FNS post gave the top speed as 125 mph. 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Maeklong Railway Market

This is a little different. Kim Komando posted it recently and I had to share.

In Samut Songkhram, about an hour outside Bangkok, is Maeklong Railway Market, one of the largest produce and seafood markets in Thailand. But beyond the selection of fresh fruit and fish, the market has become infamous for one thing—the train that runs directly through it. In 1905, the Maeklong Railway built a commuter train line through the center of the popular market. But rather than move, the vendors adapted to the new conditions, working around the train that passes through eight times a day, seven days a week.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Bamboo Train

 The bamboo train, called the "norry" by locals, is one of Cambodia's most adventurous tourist attractions - rated by the Lonely Planet travel guide as one of the Top Ten Things to Do in Cambodia.

Located in the northwestern provincial capital of Battambang, the bamboo train began after the Khmer Rouge left Cambodia in tatters.  With the railroad mostly broken and abandoned, villagers took tank and truck parts leftover from the war and cut them to fit the railroad.  They then placed a bamboo platform on top - held in place only by gravity - and added a small motor to the back, often taken from small cars, motos, or boats.  The result was the bamboo train - a small railroad cart capable of traveling up to 40km per hour down the warped and bumpy tracks, which can be taken apart and reassembled in under two minutes.

Watch what happens when two of them meet going opposite directions.

There are even chickens riding on the train. Just for Chickenmom.

Another that shows more detail.

The Bamboo Train is Closed but Will Reopen (Currently Scheduled January 2018)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy New Year 2018

How about a New Year's Day brunch train ride. And if you do, make it on a narrow gauge steam railroad.

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

New Year’s Day Brunch Train

Monday, January 1, 2018



For a trip reminiscent of turn-of-the-century travel, start the New Year onboard the D&SNG steam-powered train. Standard class and Premium class seating is available.
Our Premium-class passengers can enjoy a delicious hot brunch buffet and live music while traveling through the pristine winter wonderland along the Animas River to Cascade Canyon wye.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Model Trains

Neat model train video for Christmas.

How to make a Christmas Village Railroad