Yet there isnt a train goes by all dayBut I hear its whistle shrieking....Yet there isnt a train I wouldnt take,No matter where its going.--Edna St. Vincent Millay, TravelYet there isnt a train I wouldnt take is a collection of storiesMoreYet there isnt a train goes by all dayBut I hear its whistle shrieking....Yet there isnt a train I wouldnt take,No matter where its going.--Edna St. Vincent Millay, TravelYet there isnt a train I wouldnt take is a collection of stories about favorite train journeys by an inveterate railway enthusiast and train traveler.
A half century career as an engineer, Naval officer, and university administrator took Bill Middleton to almost every part of the globe, and everywhere he took with him an abiding interest in railways, and a notebook and camera to record his experiences. His North American journeys have included experiences as diverse as the long journey north through Manitoba to polar bear country on Hudson Bay, a trip to Minnesotas Mesabi Range to haul a boatload of iron ore to Lake Superior behind a giant Yellowstone articulated steam locomotive, and the trip between Costa Ricas Atlantic and Pacific coasts by narrow gauge railway.
His European travels have ranged from a Pullman seat on the crack London-Paris Golden Arrow to the slow trip across Thrace on one of the last runs of the celebrated Simplon-Orient Express. In Asia he traveled through the Toros Mountains of Turkey on the famous Istanbul-Baghdad Toros Express, experienced modern high-speed railroading in the cab of Japans Bullet Train, and rode to Asias highest mountain east of the Himalayas on the little trains of Taiwans Ali Shan Forestry Railway.