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            Riding the Rails                                                                                 

                 ike the Internet in the second half of the 20th   readers on a ride aboard the elegant
                 century, trains were the major disrupters of the   Orient Express  of the 1930s, snow-                     Publisher
            L19th century. They changed the way we brought      bound in Yugoslavia with a killer on                    Maxine Carter-Lome
            our goods to market, where we lived, and how we     board. Christie’s popular novel of   Maxine Carter-Lome
            traveled. They raised towns around a depot stop, provided   the day has gone on to be adopted                Business Manager
            jobs, and created wealth. They brought us closer together   for film, radio, television, stage, and games. Today, the   Jeffrey Lome
            as a country and captured our imagination with where   Orient Express is a pop culture reference to the elegant age
            they could take us.                                 of rail travel in the first half of the 20th century.    Managing Editor
               As a country, we were fascinated by their sheer     Trains in movies also have deep roots, dating back to
                                                                                                                          Judy Gonyeau
            size and power, and the novelty of the technology that   the early days of cinema.  The Great Train Robbery, a
            made it all possible. Trains represented progress and our   silent western film released in 1903 by the Edison
            aspirations as a country. Those themes quickly found   Manufacturing Company, follows a gang of outlaws who   Contributing Writer
            their way into the American zeitgeist of the 20th century,   hold up and rob a steam locomotive at a station in the   Erica P. Lome, Ph.D.
            and continue as dominant themes in all aspects of our   American West.  The General, a 1926 American silent    Art Director
            life, reinforced through the songs we sing, nursery rhymes   comedy film, was inspired by the Great Locomotive   Lynn Cotterman
            we remember, and the shows, movies, and books we    Chase – a true story of an event that occurred
            enjoy to this day.                                  during the American Civil War. More recently, iconic       Production
               Trains have been a theme in both traditional and   films such as Strangers on a Train (1951), The Taking of
            popular music since the first half of the 19th century and   Pelham One Two Three (1974), The Darjeeling Limited   Jill Montague
            over the years have appeared in all major musical genres,   (2007), and remakes of  Murder on the Orient Express   Judy Gonyeau
            including folk, blues, country, rock, jazz, world, classical,   remind us that trains and train travel remains popular
            and avant-garde. Work songs, ballads recounting riveting   movie themes. These and countless other films forever   508-347-1960
            exploits, and instrumental echoes of the once familiar   associate train movies with damsels in distress, hobos,   Toll free:
            sounds of the steam locomotive have enshrined the   bandits, romance, suspense, and tales of adventure
            railroad in our musical memory.                     and intrigue.                                            888-698-0734
               The earliest known train songs date to two years    The indoctrination of trains into our popular      Fax: 508-347-0911
            before the first public railway began operating in the   consciousness starts at a young age. Children for       Mailing:
            United States, both written to commemorate the ground-  generations have grown up with the life lesson of     P. O. Box 950
            breaking of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1828: The   optimism and hard work pay off learned from The Little   Sturbridge, MA 01566
            Carrollton March, composed by Arthur Clifton, and Rail   Engine That Could, first published in 1930. My children
            Road March by Charles Meineke. Since then, songs about   grew up watching Thomas the Tank Engine and Shining
            trains have been written and recorded by almost everyone   Time Station, first with George Carlin as the conductor
            who is anyone in popular and traditional music, from   and later, Ringo Starr. Many model train collectors will   UPS and FedEx
            Boxcar Willie to the Grateful Dead, B.B. King, and   tell you they caught the bug as a child.                 Shipping Address:
            Cyndi Lauper. Perhaps one of the most enduring and     Our love affair with trains as a primary mode of        46 Hall Road
            iconic train songs is, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,   transportation may have waned in the second half of the   Sturbridge, MA 01566
            first published in 1894 and recorded in 1927. In the years   20th century but not our interest in all things trains. The   Journal of
            following its release, this American folk song has been   collector market for “Railroadiana” items and collections   Antiques and Collectibles
            adopted as a popular children’s song and is still sung   is stronger than ever, with everything from model trains   is published monthly in digital
            today, generations later.                           and signage to passenger schedules and train company   and bi-monthly in print by
               Trains have also been used both symbolically and as a   stock certificates routinely coming to auction.
            literary device in stories and novels since the mid-19th cen-  In this issue we take you on a train trip into our   Weathervane Enterprises, Inc.
            tury. In Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, first published in   industrial history with profiles on George Pullman and   46 Hall Road
            1878, trains are a recurring motif throughout the story,   Peter Cooper, take a look at trains on display at the   Sturbridge MA 01566.
            with several major plot points taking place either on   World’s Fair, explore the collectability of Lionel   Periodicals postage paid at
            passenger trains or at stations in Saint Petersburg or   Signature Gauge trains, and share the story behind rail-  Sturbridge MA.
            elsewhere in Russia. Trains are also used as a popular theme   road pocket watches and fobs. Hope you enjoy the ride!
            and backdrop in many 20th-century crime and thriller
            novels. Perhaps one of the most famous is Murder on the
            Orient Express, a Hercule Poirot mystery written by Agatha                                              POSTMASTER:
            Christie and first published in 1934. The story takes   Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher
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