Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Riding The Rails

There is something so comforting about the sound of a train whistle.

And the gathering of people coming home or going to visit loved ones!!

It's been a long time since the Pine Creek Rail Road did that.

There is a lot of history all around the railyard...

memories of days gone by.

This is another part of Allaire State Park,

if you follow my blog you know we visit here often.

It was a gorgeous day on November 28, 2011
no need for a jacket, it was 70 degrees outside. 

Today we walked around the rails, everything was quiet.

There was no need to decide which way to go.

We rode these on this perfect day!!

Do you love my new basket??...for the camera!!
My bike is purple, of course. Is there any other color in that crayola box??

 My basket, it's a beauty!!


  1. I cherish this walk amid the train rails with you. I grew up hearing train whistles and every house I've ever owned I have been able to hear the whistles. All without trying. They always bring me home.

    Love your new basket. Perfect.

  2. another great day for you two! love the 'rust buckets' that remain in the railyard.

  3. Looks like a great place to visit! There is something special about trains. And I love your basket...perfect camera size.

  4. Hasn't the weather been unreal! We got our first snowfall today, and not much. Love your purple bike! Terrific shots of you day.

  5. Trains are almost magic. They carry the potential for adventure and so many possibilities. Loved the visit to Pine Creek Railroad with you. If those old pieces could!

    We've visited the Golden Spike Monument in Utah where the first transcontinental rail was completed. The have two working restored engines there that really put on a show.

    Jealous of your good weather and your purple bike!

  6. You are too funny. Love your bike. I have horrible knees from running so many years, (cross country) so bike riding is a killer for me. I love your post. You have awesome places to share with us.

  7. I love your basket. It looks like such a nice day. The train is awesome.

  8. I enjoyed this visit you shared with us. Beautiful photos...and I love your basket!!

  9. Awesome pictures! Love them. We don't have train tracks here, so no trains. My bicycle has a basket like that too. Comes in handy.

  10. Love the train shots they are fantastic. I love your basket and your young man looks dashing. :) B

  11. Wow, no jackets on November 28th - you lucky things.
    What a great place, there are plenty of old trains there and some of them are well rusty.
    Love your bike - what other colour is there lol.

  12. Debbie, just my opinion, but I think these are some of your very best photographs. The compositions are just fantastic, and what better subject than a train?? Love them.

    P.S. Is that "Conductor Chuck" I see????

    LOVE your basket!

  13. Like your basket a LOT! And thanks for the tour of the railway yard.

  14. I would LOVE to explore that place... beautiful! =)

  15. I love your basket :)

    Love the trains too. There is just something so cool about a train that no other mode of transportation shares.

  16. Hi Debbie,
    old railway stations with the vintage engines are so fun to see. Reminds you of a time gone by. I'm glad you had a great time.
    Oooh and what a lovely basket!

  17. In the evening when all is calm, we can hear a distant train whistle occasionally ... very cool!

  18. So glad you visit and keep photos of the Pine Creek Rail Road, in your area. Memories...

    You too cover your Christmas trees and put 'em away, during the rest of the year! Yes, I am fully wanting to do this, with our little tree, after this Holiday Season is over. Why NOT??? :-)

    I've been trying to talk my husband into the idea, previously. This year will be "the year"!!! :-)

    Gentle hugs,
    "Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget."
    ~~Hugh Downs

  19. Well, you KNOW how I feel about trains! We've had some gorgeous November weather too, but now it's feeling like the season it is!

  20. Wonderful post, Deb! Looks like a great day visiting the park and seeing the old trains. I love your purple bike and the basket. It is perfect for the camera, can not go anywhere without your camera. Great pic's. Have a wonderful evening.

  21. I like trains and am one that thinks they should be in use more for transportation.
    Great looking purple bike with the basket! Thanks for taking us along on your ride with the great photos!

  22. Love your basket! Great pictures.

  23. Hi Deb, you asked where the snowyowl was seen in NJ. It was a place called Merrill Creek reservoir. Two years ago they showed up at beaches up down the Atlantic. They like to hang around the sand dunes. Some have been seen on large farm fields where they can hunt. If you are near the ocean I would take some walks up and down the beach and look at the dunes. Good luck.

  24. Love the engines! So little and cute in comparison to what you see coming down the line these days. Awesome!

    PS -- you wouldn't really disown me, would you? Haha! :)

  25. Lovely post! There are some train engines there that I have not seen before! You better enjoy those temperatures! It's several degrees below freezing here, this morning. My whippet said going to the bathroom without his coat on was an ordeal!
    As for other colours in the crayon box, what about lilac, and lavender?

  26. Beautiful old girls, even in their decline and just like old barns, they are still beautiful!

  27. I do, I do love your new basket. What a perfect nest for your camera!

    I loved to ride the rails. Dad would take us to KC to catch the big Santa Fe 'red nose' and mom and I would ride to Albuquerque to visit my grandmother.

    I have fond memories of the trips!

    God bless ya and have a marvelous weekend sweetie!!! :o)

  28. I love seeing all the visits of places you get to see! I dream of the day that I get to hang out with my hubbs like you and Chuck! Its to sweet!

  29. Those are great old trains--how interesting to see them "up close and personal". Glad to hear you are doing well. Take care. Mickie :)

  30. i love old train yards:) great shots.
    hope you are enjoying your break.

  31. interesting post Debbie; the old train especially. Looks like a lovely day out together

  32. Debbie, I got your comment, and my heart goes out to you and your family. If you ever would like to e-mail me, I can be reached at

    Love and Peace to you, my friend.

  33. Hello Debbie,
    I want you to know that I like your blog very much. I am a bikeridelover
    too. Eventhough the weather in Holland is very different from yours overthere. You are great photographer.
    Have a lovely weekend

  34. Just checking in. Sorry you're away from your blog for the moment, but I hope you enjoy your time with family. Thanks for letting us know you're OK.

    This trainyard is terrific. You really got some great, atmospheric shots. And I agree, the sound of a distant train in the night is one of life's great pleasures.