You Can’t Take This Away From Me

Sorry, but you know I love cranes

Last year, I made a promise to many of my regular readers. I agreed to remind them before National Train Day, so they could organize their thoughts, photos and write their posts.

It seems that I was already in error, as AMTRAK had cancelled National Train Day last March, in order to save some of the piddly amount of money Congress gives them. That’s why there weren’t any activities in New Haven’s Union Station last year. Still, when I searched on National Train Day 2017, I found lots of events as well as an event page on Facebook.

“National Train Day is dead – Long live National Train Day!”

Be careful all you folks in America. As in all prior years, for posting purposes, National Train Day (Saturday, May 13th) falls dangerously close to Mother’s Day. If you’re like me, and you only post once on the weekend, you have to choose between trains and mom.

Perhaps my readers will permit me an exception on this one Sunday. I am torn between to ideas for Train Day, but none of the photos in the gallery will be reused.

The gallery includes a variety of train photos from my Pinterest board. I have almost 600 photos pinned, feel free to connect with me if you need some. Note: none of these are my photos. Click on any one to start a slideshow, and get a better view of the captions.

This post is part of Linda G, Hill’s fun weekly series: One Liner Wednesday. Check it out for the other one-liners.

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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72 Responses to You Can’t Take This Away From Me

  1. You say trains, and I think traveling to see my grandparents when I was very young. The most exciting thing at that time was the Chiclet gum machine with the different colored gum in individual containers. I would insert my penny, slide the silver whatchamacallit over to the color I wanted and then press or turn something (can’t remember) and out would pop my one piece of gum. :-) Love the second photo with the two tunnels.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks for the comment, Judy and for invoking that wonderful memory. I remember those machines. I think most of the excitement was in the operation and anticipation. We had one of those for a while in the bowling alley my dad managed. I never traveled by train until I was in my 20’s – streetcars, but not trains. That must have been fun!

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  2. dweezer19 says:

    Oh yay! Darn, I should have saved my train photo I shared on messenger. But I may have more. We have been to Lincoln a few times. Thanks for the heads up Dan. My Mom is no longer with us so I think she would love me doing a train post. 😊

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I thought of you when I saw that photo, but only a few of us saw it, and you know we’re going to read your post ;-) Let’s show AMTRAK/Congress how badly they messed up. Well, Congress should be used to it by now…

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  3. dweezer19 says:

    Yeah….they have apermanent “talk to the hand” stamp on their door. Yeah, I will have to decide which direction yo go in but I will shine up my train whistle.

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  4. bikerchick57 says:

    Nice selection of Pinterest photos! No one can ever take trains and cranes away from you, Dan. I think of you every time I see one…which is kind of creepy but true ;-p

    Anyhow, I would join you in a train post on the 13th, but I last year’s post is going to be my one and only. It’s difficult to write about something that doesn’t hold the same amount of passion. I suspect Sharukh is planning one as well? Or perhaps he’s too busy.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Mary. It’s good to know you think of me outside of the NFL context. You did a fine job last year, and I’ll let you off the hook with no loss of bonus points. If I had enough of my own train-crane photos, I’d go along that track. I still haven’t decided.

      I did find a good story to link to for Friday! Not as good as I was hoping for, but it has a hook, and, no, it’s not about a crane ;)

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      • bikerchick57 says:

        Dan, I think of you in my different ways – bunnies, squirrels, red dogs, family man, IT guy, etc. I tend to go a little overboard on the football thing, so I’ll shut up about that for now. Thanks for giving me grace on the train thing. Maybe I could do another bike story instead…

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        • Dan Antion says:

          I’m just picking on you, Mary. There’s a bunch of things that cause me to think about you and the others out here, but some are stronger than others. I thought of you immediately when that idiot ESPN “analyst” said the thing the Steelers should do in the draft is to find a backup QB that could be the next Arron Rogers – duh.

          I’m not so much encouraging folks to write about trains, more reminding the ones who want to that the date is fast approaching. As long as you don’t come up with something that requires another poem from me, I’m good.

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  5. Susanne says:

    I have so many memories about train travel and, although I live in Canada and despite the cancelling of National Train Day by Amtrak in the U.S., I will definitely post something related on the unofficial day. Whenever I think about trains, I think about movies with trains like “Some Like it Hot” or “North by Northwest” or myriad other. Long live train travel!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thank you Susanne. The train movie that always comes to my mind is “Silver Streak” but your examples are great movies, whereas mine is a bit mindless. I think some groups are going to have events at train stations, despite AMTRAK’s decision.

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    There was a serious amount of thought that went into that gallery of photos! Great job on all the captions.
    LIke Mary, I think I may have left it all on the table with last year’s post. I will have to take a look through my photos and see if inspiration strikes me.

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  7. LindaGHill says:

    Those are some incredible pictures, Dan. And you even found one with a crane AND a train! Haha!
    I have no idea if we have a National Train Day here in Canada. I’ll have to look that up. :D

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  8. You’d think Amtrak would want people to think about trains and train travel, wouldn’t you? I do have some memories of traveling on a train, although probably no pictures unless buried somewhere in the piles of B&W photos from that time. If I had just ridden the train on Mother’s Day, I’d have all bases covered.

    janet

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    • Dan Antion says:

      AMTRAK did want people to think about train travel and, from what I’ve read, it was working. But, as a system, they don’t make money so they have to beg Congress for a few million. Compared to other forms of travel, AMTRAK is a bargain for the government, but there’s no place for logic in that body.

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  9. marianallen says:

    I clicked “Like” just for your enthusiasm. Trains, I can do without. Now, if they were like that first picture, or like the one in The Wild Wild West, I could totally get behind that. Have you read Terry Pratchett’s RAISING STEAM? I fink you might like it.

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  10. loisajay says:

    All I have in my head is that Frank Sinatra song, You Can’t Take That Away From Me. Why, yes. Thank you, Dan. :) Great photos!

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  11. I put a reminder in my electronic calendar about National Train Day last year when you reminded us about it coming up then. Last week I got my reminder notice via my cell phone and have scheduled myself an excursion to photograph a Steamie this week-end to have a train to share on National Train Day.

    I haven’t been posting on the week-ends b/c I’ve been out shooting so I’ll have to schedule a post for Saturday.

    What a great selection of train images you have curated! I really liked the tunnel image, and the old steamie on that track in the water steaming into what looks like a steamboat!
    The newer train with the great reflection is lovely too.

    Thanks for the reminder. I’m even more motivated and inspired now.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Deborah! I had a note in my organizer to write this post :)

      I am hoping to manage a short excursion for my post. If I can’t do that, I have an idea to fall back on.

      According to the picture that steamboat was: “The 3rd “Ste Genevieve”, the Missouri-Illinois rail car ferry, which was retired in 1961. The Transfer Boat is seen with a steam engine pulling a cut of cars off the deck.”

      I’m looking forward to your post.

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  12. joey says:

    Ugh! Really? Cause I thought for National Train Day, I’d get the inside of Union Station. I often think of you when I see trains. And cranes. And Irish Setters. Hm.
    Anyway, that’s a bummer. I’ll still get Union Station.
    Thanks for sharing some of your top pics/picks from the web. Love those tracks crossing :)

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  13. GP Cox says:

    I know just who to send this to who enjoys trains as much as we do! Great going, Dan.

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  14. Woot!!! Great train post Dan. Love all the “pins” and photos. Plus, how could you possibly resist that crane-train thing? Hugs.

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  15. Val Boyko says:

    Cranes, trains, doors, dogs, sunsets, food, beer …. love it all Dan 💛

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  16. Nice collection of photos. Interesting topic. :)

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  17. John Holton says:

    I’d like to think “Mom would understand,” but I’m not so sure she would…

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  18. I hope Train Day stays alive for you.Super photos

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  19. JT Twissel says:

    Thanks for reminding me of that Twilight episode – if it’s the one I’m thinking of it was one of my favorites as well.

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  20. Jennie says:

    The sound of a train whistle is a vivid and wonderful childhood memory.

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  21. I’ve always wanted to take the train somewhere. I’ve never been to the east coast, so I haven’t even tried their subways. I enjoy the above ground rail ways of St. Louis and Houston, but a true train experience should be had by all. I enjoyed this post, Dan. Cool photos, too.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Audrey. I hope to take a substantial train ride at some point. Maybe in retirement when I have the time. For now, the longest is about 6 1/2 hours from here to Washington, DC. Flying would cost a little more, save a little time, increase the hassle factor and decrease the fun.

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  22. I know that May 13 isn’t a Thursday, but I have a Thursday Doors post waiting in the wings that is decidedly train-focused. Hmmmm…. perhaps I can go down two tracks with that one.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Well, technically, Norm keeps Thursday Doors open until Saturday. Maybe you could post on Friday and split the difference. Actually, train people aren’t likely to care. Anytime is a fine time to show pictures about trains :)

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  23. simonfalk28 says:

    I love your train posts, Dan. So many family members of mine, on both sides, were rail employees. It’s like another home to me. I also like some of those photos, like the diesel locomotive engine reflected in the water.

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  24. Mél@nie says:

    very interesting post, as usually… the last photo @ right has reminded me of Billy Wilder’s famous movie “Some like it hot” with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon… :)

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  25. reocochran says:

    What an amazing collection on your Pinterest board, Dan!
    I’m doing my catch up with my friends tonight. . . :)
    I like trains and must admit the steam engines and old fashioned trains at Cedar Point Amusement Park were my first initiation. I have been on more subways than trains. I rode a bus to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to catch a Rapid Transit which took us into the huge, tall Terminal Tower between ages 12 and 16 until one of my “group” became a licensed driver. . . Once a month!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks for visiting, Robin. I’ve been on more subways than trains but I figure if they’re on rails, it counts. It’s funny that you mention the days before someone in your group got a license – I remember those days.

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