Choo Choo! Here comes Christmas!

Christmas Train calendar quilt

Christmas Train calendar quilt

This fun wall-hanging quilt was given to us 5 years ago by a dear friend who made one for her grandson and my son (both boys are just batty about trains). The train cars are actually pockets where you can store little treasures or presents to be retrieved on the 25 days counting up to Christmas. We gave it back to our friend who now has another little train-crazy grandson so it can be enjoyed for more years to come. It will always be treasured.

The Last of the Steam Engines

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Union Pacific Steam Engine #844

Union Pacific 844 is a steam locomotive of the Northern type, or the 4-8-4 configuration of wheels. It was built in 1944 and was the last steam engine delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad. UP 844 was saved from scrapping in 1960 and since 1962 has been used for special excursion trips. This engine was featured in the PBS show “Shining Time Station” (better known for Thomas the Tank Engine) and in the music video of “Last Train Home” by the Pat Metheny Group.

We were lucky to see the UP 844 when it pulled into Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri on July 4 in 2007. It is remarkable to see a piece of history that close.

UP 844 at Union Station, KCMO

UP 844 at Union Station, KCMO