Sunday, July 19, 2009

Steam engine surprise

Yesterday we had a lovely surprise. Here's the scoop from the local newspaper:

"A vintage passenger train will travel through Big Rock, Sugar Grove, Aurora and Naperville Saturday on its way from Minneapolis to Chicago. The cars will be pulled by Southern Pacific's massive steam locomotive, the only surviving example of Southern Pacific's GS-4 class of streamlined steam locomotives."

The railroad is only a few doors down from our house, so we had a great vantage point. You can see from the people up and down the road (on the other side of the tracks) that this was a big deal.

video

The train moves too fast to see many details, but we were able to see passengers hanging out in the open spaces between cars, many of them waving to their fellow train aficionados.

The video is one minute long. Enjoy!

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