Saturday, August 07, 2010

Reconnecting with an old friend

A few months ago, one of my friends sent me a text message saying that the old steam train that ran the park was on display not more than a quarter mile from its original home. Personal stuff kept me from visiting until now.

When I pulled up along side the El Paso Connection, a gigantic smile came across my face. The last time I saw the old girl with my own eyes was well over 20 years ago.

Looking a little aged (but who among us haven't) she still wears most of her paint from the park. I did note something odd...

Well, not so much odd, but expected, all of the logos from the park have been whitewashed off of her. But, if you take a look with your own eyes at car #1 behind the tender, the white paint covers (but just barely) the Magic Landing name on the roof line. I took these pictures with my crappy iPhone 3G camera, not the best of the bunch admittedly, so I will head back out with my upgraded 9MP camera and hopefully snap the name a little clearer.

*you can click on the pictures to make them larger.

It felt good to see her again. Had to touch her. It felt nice to reconnect with an old friend.