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Happy belated birthday to my favorite time machine, who turned 75 this last week. The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society operates and maintains this child of 1944, which rolled out of the Lima Locomotive Works in Lima, Ohio in a radically different era. Having grown up in Fort Wayne, I came to know this engine and she kindled a love for steam powered trains in me ever since. In our modern electronic era, the engineering prowess with paper and pencils that could conjure more than four thousand horsepower at the pull of a lever seems almost alien. The skill of converting the power of boiling water into moving people and freight thousands of miles across steel track with steel wheels is just marvelous to think about. Surely such a machine designed today would be with computers and sensors and milled with laser cut precision and robots. Instead the craftsmanship of hundreds of skilled workers is self evident in this immense iron horse. These machines, which are seemingly alive when a fire is lit and water is boiled into steam pressure, speak to the past and guard their tales and lessons for future generations to learn from and marvel at. Check out her website at www.fortwaynerailroad.org and see how you can help her out. Here’s to another 75 and beyond, 765!

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Sozinha na praia

Praia de Espinho / Espinho beach

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Pôr-do-sol no estuário do rio Douro

Porto

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São Felix da Marinha beach

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