He traces the steam engine all the way back to the tea kettle.
Water, coal, fire, steam, pressure, locomotion—steam may not be the most efficient source of power but it is, to my way of thinking, the most dramatic. Nothing sounds like the long, lonely wail of a locomotive whistle. No wonder composers write songs about the clatter of a steam train through the night.
After a number of years off line and a major renovation, Nickel Plate 765 will fire up and pull excursion trains again this year. I’m thinking my grandson needs to share the experience with his grandma.