Monday, September 8, 2008

Back to the Ol' Grindstone

Sorry for the light posting lately. Two weeks ago I started a new internship and just last week, I went back to school for the 19th consecutive (and final) year. I've quite a courseload this semester and as a result, posting will probably be less frequent. However, I hope to keep an interesting dialog going here at Track Twenty-Nine. Thanks for sticking with me.

4 comments:

lms said...

Hi Matt! Thanks for passing along your blog address - it will be fun to catch up on your posts. BTW, did you get to check out "La Route Verte" while you were in Quebec?

Bob Davis said...

Greetings from the other coast. I found "Track Twenty Nine" on the "Transbay Blog" website and got curious. Took me a while to figure out the name, but it came clear when I saw "Glenn Miller". There used to be a pizza parlor in Sacramento with a pipe organ; highlight of the evening would be "Chattanooga Choo Choo" played on a "Mighty Wurlizter". Here in Southern Calif., we have reminders of old time radio: "Anaheim, Azusa, and Cucamonga".
Looks like you've put a lot of work into this blog, and I will be checking from time to time, especially when planning a trip "back east".
Bob Davis
San Gabriel CA

Matt' said...

Bob,
Always good to hear appreciative comments. Thanks. I also follow Transbay Blog, and think it has a lot of great content.

The Track Twenty-Nine reference is a double entendre. It is indeed a reference to Mr. Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo. It is also a reference to Washington, DC's Union Station, which has 29 tracks. Unfortunately, track 29 is no longer used for passengers, but it is still there. You can glimpse some "Track 29" placards from the VRE/Amtrak platforms adjacent.

Incidentally, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, according to the song, leaves from Track 29 in New York's Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station never has had a Track 29, but then the train also follows an impossible route. The song references eating one's ham in Carolina, but trains operating over the PRR/Southern routing from New York to Chattanooga, would have crossed directly from Virginia into Tennessee at Bristol, VA/TN.

So, as I've said whimiscally somewhere on this blog, you might not be able to find Track 29 at Penn Station, but you've found it here in the ether of cyberspace.

kenf said...

What about the Third Level at Grand Central Station in NY?