Three Minutes Of Fun!

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Three Minutes Of Fun!
Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 2:49 PM

Which we could all use in these trying times.  

It's a video set to the tune of "I'm A Train," and no diesels!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJpgn7fVGY  

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Posted by Miningman on Saturday, June 27, 2020 3:14 PM

Ties in with Captain Kangaroo. We loved our trains!

 Now everyone's an ex-spurt on Amtrak de-funding, self righteous idiots concerning themselves with half pennies while Rome burns and trillions go by on the conveyor belt out the door. 

Nice cross section of railroading, even got the Rock Island in a couple of times when it was actually an important part of the fabric. 

Do I, we, lament and live in the past too much? Well maybe but I don't think so, we just know better, and none of us here are burning Rome down so there's that. 

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Posted by rcdrye on Saturday, June 27, 2020 4:37 PM

Bob Keeshan's estate was auctioned off in my town a number of years ago.  Included was a lot of railroad memorabilia, along with a lot of Lionel equipment.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:00 PM

rcdrye

Bob Keeshan's estate was auctioned off in my town a number of years ago.  Included was a lot of railroad memorabilia, along with a lot of Lionel equipment.

 

Yeah, I mentioned the "Captain Kangaroo" Lionel layout on another thread.  In fact, I found "I'm A Train" through another fruitless search on YouTube for some "Captain" layout in action footage.  Like Overmod says, it's probably lost.

But maybe, just maybe, some might just surface in a CBS affiliate somewhere.

A personal note:  When Bob Keeshan died I hung out a US Marine Corps flag with a black mourning streamer on it.  Bob was a "Leatherneck," you know. 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:32 PM

In the 1980s, Captain Kangaroo was at a promotion in New Orleans.  My wife and I took our three daughters, who had never seen the show.

All the kids in the area looked bored while all the parents were thrilled to meet the Captain.  My wife had him autograph a Captain Kangaroo album that contained the show's music.

His show was where I learned Make Way for Ducklings, Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel, The Little Red Lighthouse, and The Story About Ping.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:25 PM

This comes courtesy of Wanswheel.

Forty years later, and Albert Hammond's still got it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-ujyu5fEdE  

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, June 28, 2020 3:11 AM

How can you people rejoice in this song when it is so full of horror...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, June 28, 2020 10:12 AM

Overmod

How can you people rejoice in this song when it is so full of horror...

 

OK, you lost me on that one.  

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:10 AM

Flintlock76
OK, you lost me on that one. 

Where is the train going in this song?

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Posted by Miningman on Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:25 PM
Posted by Overmod on Sunday, June 28, 2020 11:10 AM

 

 
Flintlock76
OK, you lost me on that one. 
 Where is the train going in this song?

 

Well, Princeton of course! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8dTRE82ZC0

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:44 PM

Overmod

 

 
Flintlock76
OK, you lost me on that one. 

 

Where is the train going in this song?

 

 

Well I did hear the term "breakers yard" but the rest of the song's so bouncy and upbeat I wonder if Albert even knew what a breaker's yard is.  So when I hear "breakers yard" I just blow it off.  Maybe he thought it was "brakers yard," where you put on the brakes and park the cars? 

Look on the bright side, it could be the legendary Barry's Yard where so many steam engines got a reprieve!

Interesting, hearing "I'm A Train" getting the Ivy League treatment.  I prefer Alberts, but the Princeton audience seemed to enjoy it.  

Lady Firestorm and I went to Glassboro State.  We didn't care too much for those Princeton snobs.  Rutgers was OK though, Mr. Magoo was an alumnus!

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, June 28, 2020 5:09 PM

Flintlock76
Well I did hear the term "breakers yard" but the rest of the song's so bouncy and upbeat I wonder if Albert even knew what a breaker's yard is.

"Look at me for the very last time"

"It's been a life that's long and hard"

"Going down to the breaker's yard"

Not even the sweetest Pollyanna railfanette will convince ME that this will be Barry's and not Striegel's.

 

Interesting, hearing "I'm A Train" getting the Ivy League treatment.  I prefer Albert's...
Send a message to Mr. MacDonald congratulating him on the perfect zing.  I had no idea.  I don't know which is worse: that someone actually wrote up the art-song part arrangement of the song, or had to use all sorts of tropes from Palestrina and so forth for that pinky-off-the-teacup sophistication.

The one thing I can say ... maybe ... is that singing nerds at NYU do it in their own inimitable way, too, with much less black-tie sophistication:

 

but the Princeton audience seemed to enjoy it.

Well, if Orff can use tavern songs, why wouldn't we enjoy a Peter Schickele sendup of children's songs.  

That is, to the extent we like art songs.  I, for one, don't like art songs at all, especially with too much rubato... and this has done little if anything to change my opinion, especially considering the social shame quotient.

Lady Firestorm and I went to Glassboro State.  We didn't care too much for those Princeton snobs.

Hey, look: Glassboro State is famous for Patti Smith!  What more would you need to prove!

On the other hand, had it not been for GSC sending us their house-organ newsletter to be broadcast on WPRB, I would never have had the perfect title for our evening-news 'featurette' "... We Think It's News" (yes, title complete with leading ellipsis).

Rutgers was OK though, Mr. Magoo was an alumnus!

They did get us on a number of occasions, with one episode of the 'cannon rivalry' being even better low cunning than examples related in "When Steam Was King".  

And who am I to say that Hollywood cartoonists were wrong in thinking "Rutgers was the embodiment of the 'old school tie' in America" in figuring out where J. Quincy and his attitudes on life came from.  

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Posted by Penny Trains on Sunday, June 28, 2020 6:53 PM

I have a distinct memory of the Captain standing behind a table, singing a song (probably I've been working on the railroad) while Lionel motorized units bounced between bumpers on the table in front of him.

Trains, trains, wonderful trains.  The more you get, the more you toot!  Big Smile

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, June 28, 2020 7:43 PM

 

 

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I have a distinct memory of the Captain standing behind a table, singing a song (probably I've been working on the railroad) while Lionel motorized units bounced between bumpers on the table in front of him.

 

At least someone else remembers, although I've got a few years on you Becky!

Uh, I don't know what to think of the Madrigal Singers version of "I'm A Train,"  with all that stomping at the beginning I thought I was in for a Nuremburg rally version.  A good attempt with fine harmonizing, but they should stick to madrigals, which I like by the way.

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Posted by mvlandsw on Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:30 PM

I arrived at the Pittsburgh Model Railroad Club with the Captain on his magic carpet when they did a show on the club layout sometime in the 1970's.

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Posted by mvlandsw on Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:39 PM

At 1:43 in the video what is the reason for the three rail tracks?

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, June 29, 2020 3:57 AM

mvlandsw
At 1:43 in the video what is the reason for the three rail tracks?

That split-second view is on the New York Central showing a Hudson approaching the beginning of a track pan. Note the tile ground cover to the right. NYC used the center rail to keep the scoop from scraping the ties if it was lowered too soon or not raised fast enough at the end of the trough.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, June 29, 2020 10:32 AM

Not at all critical of anything in it.  Loved every second.

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