on the way home - from my sketchbook



Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a collection of my travel sketches on page 2. You can click on the image above for a closer look at the printed page, or you can visit their website for their online version of the feature.

(These were not from my daily sketchbook - I had so much fun filling a page there on the way to Boston at the beginning of July that I decided to make lots of drawings in another sketchbook on the way home. Five pages of drawings and comments were distilled, transcribed, and rearranged for this.)

Update: Among the wonderful responses to this set of drawings was an email from railfan Patrick Rieger, who works at the amazing Miniature Railroad and Village at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. He was able to answer a couple of questions I'd had en route:

The answer to your question about the long pause at Harrisburg
probably was a crew change, and the water tanks on the cars are topped
off and garbage removed.

The long bridge over the Susquehanna is the Rockville Bridge, built by
the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1901-1902. It is the longest stone arch
bridge in the world.

Thanks, Patrick!


This is so cool - Congratulations. We take Amtrak back and forth to Washington DC and it is tooooo bumpy to sketch.

...and it looks fabulous...CONGRATULATIONS!

What a nifty idea! I just came across your blog and thought "wow, what a simple and whimsical idea" each day!
Keep it up!

Just wanted to thank you for sharing the illustrations from your Boston to Pittsburgh train trip. I grew-up in Stamford Ct. and have many many memories of riding the trains throughout the northeast corridor-Washington DC to Boston. I can fondly relate your illustrations to those memories.

This came out really well, and what a great theme to put in the paper :)

I used to take this train all the time (about 20 years ago, but whatever) :) It's a journey through every town's backstage. Such a different view from what you see from the highway. Do they still turn the train off, including the lights, to change from diesel to electric in CT (New Haven??)?

Lovely memories, thanks.

I recognized your hand as soon as I opened up the paper. Congratulations!

I wish I had known...I would have bought the paper! Congratulations, it's wonderful!!

I was looking through Elizabeth's blog entries and saw you question about switching locos in New Haven. In the late 90s Amtrak extended the electrification to Boston so no more engine changes, they run all the way to Boston using an electric locomotive plus it's faster.



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