Frank A. Mills

Fine Art Photography

Boxcar Tourist

'31 Deluxe Ford Sedan
Pennsylvania Oil
Texas State Railway
I have a love affair with anything that runs on tracks, sits trackside, or even the tracks themselves. I can't even remember when it started. Truthfully, I think it is in my genes. When I was about thirteen I entered the world of "boxcar tourism." Needing to get to Boy Scouts in the city (at the time we were living "out in the country") and not wanting to hitch or walk, I hopped a Western Maryland boxcar as it slowed for a grade, not quite sure how I was going to get off where I needed to. Fortunate for me, the train stopped just where I needed to get off. My riding companion was a grizzly old gent who offered to share his bottle with me. I declined. At that age there were still a few things about boxcar tourism that I was not quite ready to experience. In case you are wondering, I wisely never told my parents or my Scout leaders.

Please visit The Village of Make Believe to view a traditional under-the-tree Christmas Garden that has roots all the way back to the late 1890s. The Village was featured in the January 2017 issue of CLASSIC TOY TRAINS, "Build A Traditional Christmas Display Layout."

My photo-essays elsewhere (new url):
The Drummer [The Railroad Hotels of the Austin & Northwestern/Houston & Texas Central from Austin to Llano: Depot Hotel, Austin; Antlers Hotel, Kingsland; Dabbs Hotel, Llano)]
Railroad Town: Taylor, Texas
The Village of Make Believe
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