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Amtrak on the B-Line

Train Tuesdays

Last week, I got to see a rare sight on the Norfolk Southern B-line between Manassas and Front Royal, Virginia. An Amtrak charter train traveled the normally freight-only route.

Heading West from Linden

Heading West from Linden

Heading East through Linden

Heading East through Linden

Heading East Through Markham

Heading East through Markham

Shake, Rattle and Roll AND I Know You Rider

Music Mondays

Here are a couple of great song additions this week to my earlier posts.

I added Shake, Rattle And Roll to my Recommended Doc Watson Songs article.

Additionally, I added I Know You Rider (Live in Paris 1972 Remastered Version) to my Recommended Grateful Dead Songs article.

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Tricycle Reviews

Tricycle Buying Guide

Tricycles

Tricycles

With a couple of young girls, we’ve bought a couple of tricycles and I wanted to pass on this information which will hopefully help you choose the right trike for your tyke.

Steerable/Pushable Models

The first tricycle we purchased was a Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike. This model allows the child to pedal or coast as a parent pushes and steers the tricycle. I think it’s ideal if you have a 2-ish year old and you are eager to get your child out on a tricycle. However, the plastic and paint faded quickly on ours and I do not think it’s the best way for a small child to actually learn how to pedal. Pedals fixed to the front wheel, like on a traditional tricycle, are best for little ones to learn how to pedal.

The Traditional Tricycle

I highly recommend a traditional tricycle like this Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle. Since the pedals are fixed to the front wheel, children can learn how to pedal for themselves quite quickly. The paint on this metal tricycle also holds up quite well compared with the steerable/pushable model. This model is ideal for 3-and-up-year-olds.

I wish you and your children a happy three-wheeling experience!

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Foreign Power and The Office Car Special

Train Tuesdays

I wrote recently about watching the Norfolk Southern Heritage Fleet, but a couple other areas of interest for railfans are seeing foreign power (locomotives not belonging to the railroad) and business trains.

Here are a couple of recent pictures illustrating foreign power and business trains. The first shows CSX and BNSF power on a Norfolk Southern freight train and the second shows Norfolk Southern’s Office Car Special on its way to the Masters Golf Tournament.

Foreign Power on the Norfolk Southern

Foreign Power on the Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern Office Car Special

Norfolk Southern Office Car Special

Weekend Links

Richard Branson Explains Why You Should Stop Using Business Jargon

Serious Reading Takes a Hit from Online Scanning and Skimming

Last, this wouldn’t have happened if the race used human photographers for race coverage:

Drone Injures Triathlete