Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I love steam engines ---and seeing them (and riding on them) brought back so many memories of my childhood. My Daddy worked for the railroad all of his life --and when I was young, he would take me to work on occasion, and I'd get to ride on the steam trains. What JOY--and what fabulous memories.
Going up that mountain --and listening to that engine huffing and puffing was truly awesome for me. These trains operate from the end of May through October each year. The only problem we had on this trip was that the weather turned cold --and George and I were NOT prepared.... It was about 55 degrees --with a wind chill as we rode along on that OPEN train. NOTE TO BETSY: Put our coats and sweats in the car when we drive to the mountains in the Fall.... ha ha .... We only had our THIN rain jackets... Luckily we did have long pants --but it was still COLD. Some people on the train brought heavy coats, gloves, and blankets....
BUT----forgetting the cold day, we had a wonderful time. Today, I will share some of the TONS of photos we took on that trip... Above is a picture of the engine of one of the Cass trains we saw while waiting on our train to come. Be sure to click on the photos for a larger shot.
Each car had seats in the middle --and plenty of room to walk around on both sides... Most of us stood up --hanging out of the train to get the best photos.
Have a wonderful day.