Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
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... br> The Climax is one of three known to still exist in the whole world; another is under restoration at the Cass RR, about which Linda wrote yesterday. The Climax design sports a single piston on each side of the boiler, mounted diagonally, with the force transferred thru a series of gears to two trucks under the firebox-and-boiler and two more under the (integral) tender. The wheels are small -- maybe 18 - 20 inches in diameter -- which ...
... breed of steam locomotive.
Linda found some additional pleasures in local crafts people's work -- quilting and other fabric arts; stained glass, jewelry, and some incredible baskets made from pine needles. Some incorporated carved pieces of walnut into the work. They were really beautiful. Some of the glass reminded us of the super high quality work done by our friend, Al Garber, in New Haven, whose lamps, sun catchers and other decorative pieces still adorn our house.
... possible vantage point, but it was on private property. We didn't really think we had time to get permission and still find the spot in time, but once in the general area, we found a campground with a "welcome" sign. Since we could hear the train's whistle, we drove through the campground on a road that got ever smaller until i suddenly saw what looked like railroad tracks. I got out of the truck to look, and, sure enough, that's what they were.
We couldn't ...
... firefighter/EMT who was there. We chatted and compared notes about how things are done in our department and theirs and commiserated about the difficulty of getting new volunteers. Walt gave her a South Schodack hat and she gave us a Durbin t-shirt.
The only low spot in the day was the ugly sound the truck made as we turned into the research site and the light the lit up on the dash saying "service 4-wheel-drive." Uh-Oh. Walt found a Chevy dealership about ...
... Then Thursday we'll come back and see what the Durbin RR has to offer.
for now, I've gotten onto FB and managed to tell several people that we have very little communication, so I'm feeling a little less cut off than I was an hour ago. As I write this, though, I remember that when my parents traveled after they retired, they had no internet and no cell phones. They went to the pay phone at the campground once a week and called home.