We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I assume the slowdown on the viaduct was for Kodak reasons but wondered if it was to reduce stress on the viaduct. England is chock full of hobby railroads with varying lengths of dedicated tracks over which they run short rides. I did one down in Cornwall a few years back and discovered you do not want to open the windows and look out when the steam engine is chuffing away: got a face and shirt full of cinders and dust. Also noted that purple blooming rhododendrons in England are like privet in the US, a weed.
Spent this past Monday and Tuesday checking out the Union Pacific BigBoy that was passing through the area from St. Louis on its way to Kansas City and west. The best part was watching the kids who crowded the track right of way until it got closer. Then they really started giving it distance. You felt it as much as you heard it and it did impress. Would love to take the Swiss train through the Alps one day.