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  •  G/M angela (5+ / 0-)

    Trains travel is alluring -- I agree whole heatedly!  I so enjoyed doing this piece and learning more about trains in general.

    Will pop over briefly for a T&R and read later.

    Have a good day.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 03:48:43 AM PST

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    •  Thanks, JaxDem! (1+ / 0-)
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      I can always depend on your support!

    •  Wayull, it depends. I rode Amtrak from DC's (3+ / 0-)
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      Union Station to Wilmington, Delawar. The trip includes a Susquehanna River crossing (woo hoo!) and some great industrial parts of Baltimore (I love industrial hells). But the rest of it was pretty boring--poor people's backyards, as someone described it. Same thing with the Boston-Rockport run, with scrub grass added.

      •  Mornin' Champ. (3+ / 0-)
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        For sure there are some pretty dismal areas the trains must traverse.  There are others that are breathtaking for sure.  Some of the bridges - or trestles I guess they are called - seem death defying.

        Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great day.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:31:03 AM PST

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    •  An historical addendum. (2+ / 0-)
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      The first Congressperson elected from Florida after the Civil War, when the state was only entitled to one Rep because the population was so small, was Josiah T. Walls, an African American, who received land in Florida in compensation for his service to the Union.  Walls' big issue in Congress was getting the railroad extended across the state and he was successful in making Gainesville a hub.  He was less successful with the projected cross-Florida barge canal, which languished until Richard Nixon killed it off after it was determined that a canal would interrupt the ground-water flow to the southern parts of the state.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:39:35 AM PST

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      •  Very interesting tidbit. Thanks hannah (0+ / 0-)

        for adding this for us.  

        It is funny when you think about it, that Richard Nixon was the last truly liberal president in our lifetime.  

        Thanks for sharing this historic addition to the story.

        Have a great day, hannah.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:47:09 AM PST

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