Last Saturday (May 10th, 2014) was the 7th annual National Train Day. We took some out of town visitors on the canal walk near downtown Richmond and part of this area has train cars and tracks that are “no longer in use.”
The rusted tracks and parked railcars whispered of years gone by – and it reminded me of how the miles and miles of rail lines is what “got the United States on the move” in the 1800 and 1900’s. This included movement in westward expansion, military, industrialization, postal services, and tourism….
And while I think National Train Day is designed to promote the use of existing rail lines – it is also a time to celebrate the trains of yesterday – and the powerful impact they have had on “movement” for many countries around the world! And so here are a few photos of an obsolete train track spot in our town:
This is linked to the DP weekly photo challenge, which is “on the move” this week – Go here for more entries.
And go HERE for a classroom resource page on Trains in the U.S.
Have a nice Monday!