Tuesday, May 17, 2011

R is for railway cars

It leaves the city every day about five o'clock in the evening, the train for Mariposa.
Why,  you knew that train at one time better, I suppose, than any other single thing in the city, and loved it too for the little town in the sunshine that it ran to.

The Ossawippi Express Dining Cars (sadly, now closed) is made up of several attached 
old railway cars and named for Stephen Leacock's
The Train to Mariposa in Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town that included the story of the train that left the big city every day for the little town of Mariposa.

16 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

love, love railroad cars
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Andy said...

It's closed! What a shame. I hope someone finds another use for it.

VioletSky said...

It was featured on Restaurant Makeover on HGTV but I guess the makeover wasn't successful.

Martha said...

Beautiful!

Makes me wish to take a train ride.

Jane and Chris said...

So sad that we are losing these.
Jane x

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful shots of a bygone era...a loss of giant proportions!

Kay L. Davies said...

I love railroad cars. I used to think it would be fun to convert one into living space, just for me. Might not be very practical for more than one person, however, so I don't mention it to my husband. LOL
Beautiful photos.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

TheChieftess said...

Ohhh...that could be a fun studio or office!!!

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Lovely old trains

Joy said...

Very evocative photographs. What a pity it does not run the rails. Just step on board and dream.

Beverley Baird said...

What a great choice for R. So many of these old rail cars - glad to se they are in good shape.
have a wonderful long weekend!

Ann said...

\I think, I am not sure these rodents are possums. In New Zealand possoms were introduced for their fur long time ago. The fur business were noot lucrative, th epossums became feral, and spread every where. They became obnoxious animals biting tree trunks and killing saplings and eating fruits. I have no idea how the raps caught them.

My friend uses fruit to trap them. Recently, possum fur have become very good again. They are warmer than other fur including wool. I will ask my friend.

The train doesn't move to take me across the cuty while I eat?

Serline said...

An ancient locomotive plowing through fields and forests of green... very romantic ;-)

Nora said...

I do love old railway cars. They remind me of my childhood when we traveled by train a lot. Those were the good old days.

Tumblewords: said...

I miss trains and this one looks like the perfect runner!

helenmac said...

What elegant railway cars! There is a pianist, Piotr Anderszewski, who has his own railway car complete with piano when he is touring Europe. Here is a link to the movie of his travels, Unquiet Traveler: http://www.medici.tv/#!/piotr-anderszewski-unquiet-traveller
Thank you for a great post!
HelenMac
ABC Wednesday Team

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