As you might expect from our widespread readership, there were a variety of responses to the three possible contest questions.
Favourite railway and why in 12 words or less included:
- My basement HO. My heart is where the home is.
- New Brunswick East Coast and its Alcos.
- Louisville & Nashville Railroad. "The Old Reliable".
- Bundesbahn Osterreich for the cool places it took me.
- ex-CP VIA Rail for the dining cars, domes and clean sleepers.
- Canadian National, watching trains coming from Symington spawning an interest in trains.
- CP runs in my blood.
Favourite colours included sky blue, teal blue, red, and tuscan red.
Favourite bird Number One was the cardinal and Number Two was the snowy owl.
And the winner is... Eric May.
Eric chose Canadian Pacific, for the Dayliners he rode in his youth. He also gave Cascade Green as a favourite colour, though he winged it for his bird choices: The cardinal, though he also wanted to say tufted titmouse or blue footed boobie. Well, that's TTTMI, but it all works! Eric will be receiving the often chimeric Trackside Treasure prize pack very, very shortly!
Special mention goes to my Railfan Sister who is prohibited from winning the contest because she lives in a place that starts with 'N'. However, not wanting to end on a sour note or sow dis-chord or dis-harmony, I have featured photos she's shared with me from her August travels north (above) and south (below) of the border in this post. VIA eastbound, one of CN's newest ex-Citirails, and a rare platform crew change at Kingston - in this case an early morning CN No 121 (all above).
I even added a somewhat scurrilous inscription of her serendipitous shot of a well-known West Virginia historic and railfan mecca that I hope to visit again. I edited the hue of her photo, choosing john brown. Just trying to be civil and not start a war, for which I don't want to give her any ammunition or act like even more of an arsenal.
Thanks to all for being part of Trackside Treasure's extended family. Speaking of family, we are all on Kingston's platform to see Mom and Dad off to Portage la Prairie, MB aboard an 11-car No 1/55 led by VIA 6765-6618 on July 20, 1983:
It's great to have you aboard
as we enter Trackside Treasure's
quirky and quixotic quindecennial year!