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Waiting for the Train

at the Illinois Railway Museum

Parlor Cars

Thursday’s things in a row…
Brought to you today from the Illinois Railway Museum

Parlor cars or “observation” cars referred to the car placed on the tail end of a passenger train. At the turn of the 19th century, parlor cars generally featured large rear windows where passengers could watch the passing scenery. The parlor car’s most striking and discernible feature was an elaborate wrought-iron or brass railing, surrounding an open rear deck where elegantly dressed ladies and tuxedoed gentlemen could sip champagne while sitting on wicker chairs and watching the countryside pass by.

Barn # 9

Out of all the barns and events at the Illinois Railway Museum, our favorite place to visit is Barn # 9.

Train of the Goddesses
 It houses all the Old Steam engines ~ waiting to be restored ~ a few Diesel, and electric engines and best of all, it is where the Nebraska Zephyr is housed.O


We can spend hours just perusing up and down the isles, 
looking and touching these now silent metal giants.
I took around 500 pictures on this visit.


So rather than fill this blog with all of them, here are few of my favorites….
Barn # 9 with the Zephyr in her stall

Can you imagine seeing and hearing this giant in operation?

Burlington Northern Diesel

among giants

a giant electric engine

collecting dust and cobwebs

the mechanic side kicking in….

The Nebraska Zephyr and her cars were not in operation this visit which was a little disappointing because we look forward to  riding it every year. 
But we found out she is going on a special trip soon. 
She’ll be joining America’s Railroad Celebration in Rock Island, IL.  
these signs are posted on the barn wall about the Zephyr