Stop, Look and Watch Trainumentary 12: The Roomette Movie-ette on Amtrak’s Texas Eagle

If you’ve ever wondered what a sleeper car looks like, the “play” button below is the place to click. Up until recently, yours truly thought they looked like depictions of movies from 1939. They don’t. Sometimes it’s good to be mistaken.

Enjoy Trainumentary 12, and please click on youtube’s red “subscribe” button to see more trainumentaries and other entertaining videos as they are released.

Vacationing Parakeet Productions (VPP) C. 2018

Music “Sail with Rails” C. 2016 Christine Lorraine Collection

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Savor the flavor of America from a train window with these cross-country photos

Trainumentarians have traveled from Pennsylvania to Arizona several times in the past several years, photographing extraordinary places and eye-catching scenes as the train cut through America’s splendor.

Here are some samples of the magnificent imagery that was captured digitally in November and December 2017.

 

 

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The High Desert Emporium – Marathon, TX

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Pegasus Place – Dallas, TX

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St. Joseph Catholic Church – Joliet, IL

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Willis Tower – Chicago, IL as seen pulling into the train station

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Although the el Charro cafe in Lordsburg, NM is no longer serving meals, its sign mural tells a rodeo story of the real west.

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One of the surprising views of traveling through Springfield, Illinois’ capital, is this view of such an imposing and architecturally brilliant government building.

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This bank in Lemont, IL is unique as there is a “mini-me” bank  in its lower storefront.

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The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is stunning, but at night its lighted silhouette dazzles train passengers.

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Ft. Hancock, TX – a small town that sits near the US-Mexican border

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Street level view of Anywheresville

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The big sky paints overhead beauty somewhere in Illinois.

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ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Broadcasting – Phoenix, AZ as captured from the light rail train traveling through downtown.

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Another downtown Phoenix, AZ aesthetically-stimulating structure as seen from the light rail train.

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Trainumentary 5: Starring US Navy #3 Steam Locomotive, Cape Cod Hyannis car

 

 

This journey into America’s railroad past features two revamped passenger cars and US Navy steam engine #3, which have operated as restaurant components in Ocean View, DE since the mid-2000s. Special thanks to the staff of The Salted Rim for allowing us to present this trainumentary. Visit them at saltedrimde.com.
This video is c. 2015 Vacationing Parakeet Productions (VPP). Three original musical compositions are c. 2015 Christine Lorraine Collection: “A La Dining Car,” “Grand Station Rock,” and “Train Ride in Blue.”
Watch Trainumentaries 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 all on this youtube channel. Click the orange “subscribe” button to see new VPP videos as they’re released.
All aboard! Enjoy Trainumentary 5: US Navy #3 Steam Locomotive,  Cape Cod Hyannis 2526,  Washington Baltimore 2524

Trainumentary Trivia: Next stop-Tucson, AZ Depot

Statues of two well known armed individuals from the past stand at the west end of the train depot in Tucson, AZ. Who are they?

a. Bonnie and Clyde

b. John Wayne and Chuck Connors

c. Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp

d. Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd

Find the correct answer beneath this photo of Arizona palm trees against a sunset sky

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c. Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp

 

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Information published at the Southern Arizona Guide website listed below states:

“At the west end of the depot, you will find the statues of two armed men near the train tracks: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Following the Gunfight At OK Corral, this is where the Earp Vendetta Ride began. We have that story and many others about local history on this website.” Click HERE to read more.

Historic Downtown Tucson

Trainumentary Trivia: Bad Caboose Sightings

Where do you think this dilapidated Missouri Pacific caboose is visible from a train stop?

a. Texas

b. Alaska

c. Romania

d. Punxsutawney, PA

Find the correct answer beneath the photo of the caboose in question.

 

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a. Texas

This photo was snapped during a brief stop on a recent train ride through the state of Texas.

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