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I get e-mails from Hammacher Schlemmer few times a week — though I am NOT a customer. I think they are working on the assumptions that one of these days I will crack. Yes, sometimes it is torture. I really would like these two toys. The remote-controlled boat would be a HOOT at our lake, Halfmoon, in the Summer.
I have seen toy working steamrollers. They are cute — though I am not sure whether they are $250 cute. I still have a steam powered Titanic I got my son Matthew 15 years ago. That was fun. You burned alcohol.
Just wanted to share these with you in case you don’t get the e-mails like I do.
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by Anura Guruge
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Having heard numerous radio commercials for this ‘Polar Express‘, I decided to check it out because we have never done it.
OK. I made a phone call and can share some IMPORTANT information with you.
1/ They do NOT, I repeat, NOT, have a steam train any longer — despite the prominent picture on their Website. They had a steam engine JUST ONCE a few years ago. So IF you are expecting steam you will be disappointed in that the only steam you will get is that from the hot chocolate.
2/ The trains leave from both North Conway and Lincoln (i.e., ‘Loon‘). BUT the trains do not go from one station to the other, i.e., it is not a North Conway <-> Lincoln train ride. The trains go to the ‘North Pole’ from each station. So it is a different ride, both 2 hours in total, depending on which station you pick. Got that? From what I can see the rails from Lincoln, by and large, go south towards Woodstock. From North Conway you can (and we have) gone north to Bartlett etc. I get a feeling that North Conway is THE better deal. I could be wrong. IF you know otherwise please share.
3/ A bit pricey.
4/ Most (if not all) the weekend departures from N. Conway are already sold out — at least online.
.by Anura Guruge
I used to think that trains were in my blood. But, now I realize that that is unlikely since I was adopted. But, on my adopted mother’s side there was a lot of railway blood — my adopted mother’s father was a station master and her brother was a engine driver. So, given these connections, I have actually driven, i.e., hands on throttle, two diesel passenger trains and worked as a fireman on a steam train. I have lots of model train stuff — some that work some that don’t. I will always stop and look at a train. I read books about trains and have a fairly large collection of large books on trains. Yes, I am a confirmed train buff. Love trains.
So when I happened to see this program ‘Railroad Alaska‘ on the DirecTV electronic program guide I had to ‘DVR’ it to see what it was all about. We have watched Alaska-related programs during our 6 – 7 pm Family TV time. So I recorded this for family TV. During the first few minutes Teischan, who does like to watch Fast n’Loud & Northwoods Law, was not impressed. Then she was hooked. We watched a second episode yesterday.
It is fairly compelling. The scenery is breathtaking. Yes, I have been to Alaska — albeit just to Anchorage, on business! I would prefer to see more about the trains and technical details as opposed to the ‘human angle’. But, I appreciate that I am in the minority when it comes to that.
So, if you get ‘Destination America’ and you like trains or Alaska try and watch an episode or two.
..by Anura Guruge
I can’t say that I knew the name though I am familiar with the iconic S1 Steam Engine.
There was a Doodle for Indian ‘magic’ mathematician Shakuntala Devi yesterday. I didn’t cover it because I really couldn’t see a ROI.
But, I had to cover Loewy just because of the S1. NOT, by a long chalk, one of my favorite steam engines,
but I kind of like it because it is kind of gaudy.
Lets be fair, YOU can’t beat us Brits when it came to designing steam engines that will make your heart flutter.