Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday was a sunny morning so after coffee, I decided on a side trip to take some train pictures in Dallas City IL. which is about six miles east of the Fort Madison bridge to Niota IL.

Dallas City is a very small river town on the Mississippi, it has it’s requisite grain elevator, and a couple of shops and not much else. The folks were nice enough to leave their wi-fi unlocked as I had a choice of about 5 signals to choose from. So as I waited between trains I caught up on reading blogs that I have missed in the last couple of days.

This town must be like the little town of Sandwich where Dennis & Donna live. It has three railroad crossings but they are so close together that the trains whistle continuously from one end of town to the other. A lot of horn blowing. I can see why Donna isn’t in love with train horns.


               Downtown Dallas City IL.

The highlight of my stay was the eastbound Southwest Chief heading toward Chicago at a cool79 mph.


It was going so fast I missed the nose of the lead engine.


It blew through town like yesterday’s news.


             UP freight on the Old Santa Fe line.


It got a little warm sitting waiting for trains.

Headed back to Fort Madison and stopped to look for a stove for the trailer.



Could have had a deal on these but I don’t know if Donna would like either one.


             Islands in the river at Dallas City IL.

That’s about it for today I look forward to a nice lazy day tomorrow. Be safe out there.Sam & Donna.


  1. Looks like a good but hot day of train watching.

    I have a brother in law that just retired from the BNSF after fourty years of service about a month ago.He just turn 60 years old.

  2. AHA! NOW you are beginning to see how I became a train basher! Just imagine living 500 ft from those suckers...(I do have to admit, I love the old steam engines)...Don't know where Dallas City is, but it looks pretty warm..YOU be safe out there big guy!!!!...and thanks for the "shout out"...

  3. Who would be responsible for chopping the wood?

  4. It's pretty hard to even imagine a train flying through town at 79mph! Wow! That would sure make me look both ways before crossing the tracks!

  5. So glad to hear you are having so much fun!!
    I really like the looks of the Southwest Chief.
    I think those stoves might just increase your weight in the rig a bit. LOL
    Nice pic of the river!! :-)

    Take care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  6. Ohh we had a stove like the first one in the cabin when I was a kid. Neato!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  7. I have my doubts that Donna would want a stove like that - might heat up the 5th wheel too much - or burn it down!

    Glad you have been having such a good time enjoying the trains.

    Riggs will be glad to see you.