Archive | August 1, 2012

1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

Vote and help save our 1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car!

Last year, your votes helped to cosmetically restore the N&W 1776 Locomotive in the Virginia Association of Museum’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Competition.

This year, we’ll need your votes to help us restore our 1923 Lake Pearl Pullman Car, a deluxe sleeping car from the golden age of passenger rail travel.

A Pullman sleeper tells a powerful story of life in America: romantic stories of luxurious passenger travel, economic stories of the growth of commerce made possible by overnight travel, and, most significantly, political stories of the rise of the civil rights movement.Click on the link, scroll down until you see the Lake Pearl (we’re second from the bottom) and vote!

This passenger car was in service when the main character of my novel, The Vision of a Mother’s Heart was a child. The city of Roanoke, Va is in existence because of the railroad. It would be a shame to let this wonderful old lady, the Lake Pearl Pullman (deluxe sleeping) Car be destroyed or decay from age. Cast your vote for her to be restored.
Have you ever traveled on a train? I have many times. My step-Dad was a crane operator at the Norfolk & Western. (N&W)  We had the privilege of traveling by rail for free. I slept on the train many times – curled up in a seat with a pillow and blanket the kind Conductor supplied. We never had the experience of riding in a “sleeper” car. Wouldn’t that be an adventure?
I would love to hear your railroad stories.
Kathy