Last weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy the Green Engine entertained youngsters at the Illinois Railway Museum.

That's from a year ago, and again we have rain overnight and a blue norther blowing to report.

The Karlson Brothers Circus also brought out a tank engine to switch the wagon shops.

That's Ludwig der Starke, a Prussian tank engine, switching a horse car.  Two sleeping cars for workmen are behind.  Any resemblance of the paint job to the Chicago Aurora and Elgin is deliberate.  I had some visitors to the show asking if I had a lineup of Republicans.  Nope, these elephants are in too orderly a line ...

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