52 Rolls Week 41:52

Since Advent Should be a Joyous time, I’m posting about a recent childhood memory revisited that did not disappoint:


Welcome to the 1880 Train in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  This is actually an oil powered steam engine from the 1920’s, Engine #104.  Engine #7, which pulled our train ride in 1969 has been retired (now 100 years old), but was the star of many movies and TV shows in the 1960-70’s.  If you remember the old Soul Train animation, that too was Engine #7.  So if all of the engines are 20th Century vintage, why the 1880 Train name?  Read here for the answer.

So What is the Memory?  Well you know from previous posts that I love trains, and take every opportunity to ride steam trains.  I inherited this love of Steam from my father.  Our family road the 1880 train because He loved trains. I road mostly in silence thinking of that trip in 1969……….


Recharging the boiler with water before the next trip……….

See more of the 1880 Train Here.

Tech Info: Minolta X-700 with Tamron 28-200 zoom lens; Kodak Portra 160 film. Developed and scanned by Old School Photo Lab.

2 thoughts on “52 Rolls Week 41:52

  1. I’m like you, I adore trains. A number of years ago we rode the City of New Orleans train from Chicago to New Orleans. Loved it so much we did it again the next year. Though I will say having a sleeper is an absolute must! The scenery in South Dakota would make train travel exceptional. Super shots BTW.


    • Thanks, Sound like fun. We had wanted to take the Train from Denver to SF, and then head up to Lake Tahoe where we got married. But Sleepers are being eliminated in an attempt to save money. Plans next year for our 20th Anniversary, but the train from Chicago to SF is scheduled to be eliminated……..Hopefully it can be saved by next fall so we can have our celebration train ride!


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