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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime


We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … Continue reading

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The loveliest commuter railway of all


I will grant that I have not ridden every commuter railway line on the planet, but one would find it hard to find a one any lovelier than the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) line that extends 17 miles from Dublin’s … Continue reading

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Pondering and wandering the Great Plains


The Great Plains have long fascinated me, though I am not exactly sure why. Somehow that vast, semi-arid stretch of mostly flat land intrigues me in a mystifying way. Places with legendary names like Cheyenne, Dodge City, Pecos, Scottsbluff, Deadwood, Abilene (Kansas … Continue reading

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Explaining the “WOW” factor!


Recently, I noted in a post about mass transit rail versus buses on rustwire.com, that bus rapid transit (BRT) does not have the “WOW” factor of a light rail transit (LRT), commuter rail, subways, or a modern streetcar system. At … Continue reading

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