Volume 21, Number 8 August, 2018 

Restlessness and the longing, like the longing that is in the whistle of a faraway train. Except that the longing isn't really in the whistle—it is in you.”
Meindert DeJong - Author of children’s books

A few years ago, the national train fest was in Michigan. The star of the show was engine 4449, the Daylight, of Southern Pacific fame. We had already made vacation reservations that unfortunately didn’t include the Daylight. (Sigh) However, we found out that she would be on the BNSF main line through Washington state that would take her within a quarter of a mile from the home of our daughter and her family. Again, we missed the expected date through Spokane. End of story? Not entirely.

Our son-in-law was returning from running a chore when he approached the nearby crossing. His interest was piqued by a crowd that was gathering at the crossing. “What was going on?” he queried. Someone quickly told him the Daylight was approaching. And it was! He was immediately spellbound by this piece of history and amazed that such a thing of beauty and power existed. His basic comment was, “now I know why you are fascinated by trains.”

Well, Duh! Welcome to the world of trains. Even now, I’m amazed that they were built without computers - strictly with slide rules (no batteries) an engineering drafting table, some french curves, and a lot of engineering talent. What does the future hold? I don’t know for sure, but it will certainly be exciting.

Keep ‘em running,
Madison Parker
Tel: 630-542-9062 (mobile)


1. This is your copy of the Seniors' Discount List that Joe Lienau presented at a recent meeting. Don't forget that you will need to ask for the discount. Don't assume that you will automatically get it.

2. A PDF file of pictures of some of the CAGRS members attending the Sanfilippo Residence tour.