Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin carving during a snowstorm.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday- 1st snow in Stillwater.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Humpy says F1 NJ

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Even more Italian trains:

We spent a day in Tempio Pausania, a very neat town in the interior of northern Sardegna. We took a walk down to the train station (because that is what one would do, right?)

The guy with the camera and the yellow shirt turned out to be another train aficianado and Rachel ended up waiting on a bench next to his wife as we both took pictures of trains.

Inside the waiting room were some neat murals.

While we were inside, the Trenino Verde, a summer tourist route pulled in. The engine is an old diesel crocodile style locomotive. The cars on this train are from the 1930s era.

Old Euro-style coupler:

I was taking a picture of the engine entering the shop and one of the workers waved a couple of the people taking pictures, including me, in. I don't think that it is normal practice in the U.S. to allow people you don't know to enter an operating engine shop, particularly people that have no means of verbally communicating with you.

Inside the shop was a restored 1913 railcar that I got to look in.

More Italian trains:

I don't have much information on this steam engine. We found it in a small park dedicated to Guiseppe Garibaldi in a small town in the Appennines.

Trains in Italy.

I realize that I have been remiss in posting anything about Italy and I will try to correct some of that.

One day, we took the train to the Cinque Terra (five small towns along the coast, connected a hiking path). We delayed the trip because there was a day of potential rain showers. This resulted in traveling by rail on a day of a planned national strike. If you want to get somewhere in Italy, do not take the train on a day of national strike. The trains do run, albeit on a very haphazard schedule, and there is no one to ask what is going on.

However, we did make it there and back. It just took a little longer than we had planned:

Monday, October 17, 2011


Dan Wheldon, Watkins Glen Open Test June 18, 2005.

Mid Ohio August 2009.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Happy birthday to Philip and Elliot!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011