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I would like to talk about the railyard. How often do you visit your local railyard?
Here's one near Minneapolis:
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  • I am sorry to say I have never visited my local railyard
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  • I don't consider this the official thread. It's not....sticky....enough.
    Here is my signature. Or maybe it's not.
  • Do people really visit railyards? Seems like a waste of time to me. Not enough of a pay out.
  • meinaz wrote: »
    Do people really visit railyards? Seems like a waste of time to me. Not enough of a pay out.

    I believe railyard workers are eligible to receive full pension benefits upon reaching 60 years of age.
  • The railyards are all gone here. It makes me sad. Sad that I can't meet a railroad conductor who's annual salary is over $80,000. :(
  • Sorry to get off-topic, OP, and apologies in advance . . . Here in Green Bay (Wisconsin, U.S.A.) we have the highly regarded National Railroad Museum (google it, yo!)

    And although our current local operational rail yards pale in comparison to those in Minneapolis, acknowledgement for the general history of all rail yard(s) and those dedicated workers holds a special place for all of us who remember.
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  • I live very close to a railway station, but it's only a small one.
  • I live very close to a railway station, but it's only a small one.

    Is it at least a wide one?

  • I live less than a mile from this massive railyard but have never visited it. I don't even know if it's possible.

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  • I live very close to a railway station, but it's only a small one.

    Is it at least a wide one?

    You know what they say @maryclaire1 - it's not the size that matters ;)
  • I live very close to a railway station, but it's only a small one.

    Is it at least a wide one?

    You know what they say @maryclaire1 - it's not the size that matters ;)

    Horsepower matter. Let's not forget horsepower. Vroom Vroom
  • I live very close to a railway station, but it's only a small one.

    Is it at least a wide one?

    You know what they say @maryclaire1 - it's not the size that matters ;)

    Horsepower matter. Let's not forget horsepower. Vroom Vroom

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  • Sorry to get off-topic, OP, and apologies in advance . . . Here in Green Bay (Wisconsin, U.S.A.) we have the highly regarded National Railroad Museum (google it, yo!)

    And although our current local operational rail yards pale in comparison to those in Minneapolis, acknowledgement for the general history of all rail yard(s) and those dedicated workers holds a special place for all of us who remember.

    If I may, I will take it further off topic. This runs close to my heart. I have donated countless hours and dollars and land to fundraising as well as trail building.
    RAILS TO TRAILS
    (I can't, by forum rules, post the website)
    Slowly, the former railways throughout the US are being purchased through some government funding and grants, but mostly local community fund raising or grant matching. These trails are connecting communities, creating tourism destinations, providing vast areas with walking trails, cross country hiking and skiing, snowmobiling, as well as wildlife habitats.
    TrailLink enter zip ;)
    Now, most of our trains that are left in the Midwest transport grain to the Mississippi for export to forensic markets.
    Our trains disappeared during the Kennedy administration, which resulted in Trucking, which at the time, was more expedient than our rails could compete.
    We have turned a "bad" thing into something wonderful. Yet, I have ancestors who have described how small towns MOVED to be next to the railroad, and a depot was built. Or my great aunt, who could take the train to a bigger city to go shopping for the day. Or... if you have not heard stories of hobos, and those who moved about the US, and heard the sound of a distant train whistle......


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    I don't know that anyone did it right, or had it easy in this country. But, I sure love my ancestors for not giving up.
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  • Sorry to get off-topic, OP, and apologies in advance . . . Here in Green Bay (Wisconsin, U.S.A.) we have the highly regarded National Railroad Museum (google it, yo!)

    And although our current local operational rail yards pale in comparison to those in Minneapolis, acknowledgement for the general history of all rail yard(s) and those dedicated workers holds a special place for all of us who remember.

    If I may, I will take it further off topic. This runs close to my heart. I have donated countless hours and dollars and land to fundraising as well as trail building.
    RAILS TO TRAILS
    (I can't, by forum rules, post the website)
    Slowly, the former railways throughout the US are being purchased through some government funding and grants, but mostly local community fund raising or grant matching. These trails are connecting communities, creating tourism destinations, providing vast areas with walking trails, cross country hiking and skiing, snowmobiling, as well as wildlife habitats.
    TrailLink enter zip ;)
    Now, most of our trains that are left in the Midwest transport grain to the Mississippi for export to forensic markets.
    Our trains disappeared during the Kennedy administration, which resulted in Trucking, which at the time, was more expedient than our rails could compete.
    We have turned a "bad" thing into something wonderful. Yet, I have ancestors who have described how small towns MOVED to be next to the railroad, and a depot was built. Or my great aunt, who could take the train to a bigger city to go shopping for the day. Or... if you have not heard stories of hobos, and those who moved about the US, and heard the sound of a distant train whistle......

    There's still modern day hobos, but it's rather difficult and dangerous to hop trains, so those of us still around get from place to place by hitchhiking.
    Missing Character: The Barbarian
  • wiedmannaj wrote: »
    Sorry to get off-topic, OP, and apologies in advance . . . Here in Green Bay (Wisconsin, U.S.A.) we have the highly regarded National Railroad Museum (google it, yo!)

    And although our current local operational rail yards pale in comparison to those in Minneapolis, acknowledgement for the general history of all rail yard(s) and those dedicated workers holds a special place for all of us who remember.

    If I may, I will take it further off topic. This runs close to my heart. I have donated countless hours and dollars and land to fundraising as well as trail building.
    RAILS TO TRAILS
    (I can't, by forum rules, post the website)
    Slowly, the former railways throughout the US are being purchased through some government funding and grants, but mostly local community fund raising or grant matching. These trails are connecting communities, creating tourism destinations, providing vast areas with walking trails, cross country hiking and skiing, snowmobiling, as well as wildlife habitats.
    TrailLink enter zip ;)
    Now, most of our trains that are left in the Midwest transport grain to the Mississippi for export to forensic markets.
    Our trains disappeared during the Kennedy administration, which resulted in Trucking, which at the time, was more expedient than our rails could compete.
    We have turned a "bad" thing into something wonderful. Yet, I have ancestors who have described how small towns MOVED to be next to the railroad, and a depot was built. Or my great aunt, who could take the train to a bigger city to go shopping for the day. Or... if you have not heard stories of hobos, and those who moved about the US, and heard the sound of a distant train whistle......

    There's still modern day hobos, but it's rather difficult and dangerous to hop trains, so those of us still around get from place to place by hitchhiking.

    Ya. I know you are out there. God be with you.
    DeesToonTown in Crawl to the Finish #The Grumple Is Free!
  • We have too many whiners destroying St. Louis right now, and college campuses taking down statutes and political **** heads worried about why cotton in a vase on a retailers shelf should be offensive to all of Black America.
    DeesToonTown in Crawl to the Finish #The Grumple Is Free!
  • Everyone needs to to the DNA test ...silly people. The only thing that will unite you? Attack from an alien planet. Later.
    DeesToonTown in Crawl to the Finish #The Grumple Is Free!
  • Everyone needs to to the DNA test ...silly people. The only thing that will unite you? Attack from an alien planet. Later.

    Ya lost me for a second.
    Then you had me at aliens, truth be told once we stop seeing our fellow humans as "aliens" and start seeing these evil alien overlords from crumulon 7 as the real aliens we can unite together.

    Seriously though I doubt Humanity will unite even to fight an alien invasion, like 75-95% will but the others will try to join the aliens or will surrender, actually maybe a bit more, people would totally act like they did in Independence Day.

    However your point is not lost one me, I too await the day they see the sign.
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