Thursday, December 30, 2010

Arcade Fire: "Born on a Train"

My daughter turned me on to this group, and this song, which was easy, considering my love of trains. Since Arcade Fire are Canadian, I thought of this shot I got of the nose of a Canadian Pacific loco as we passed a freight train while riding south on Amtrak's Adirondack a couple of years ago:


Now, note the General Electric logo on the lower part of the loco's nose. Somehow, The GE (as my wife, a Lynn, Massachusetts native, calls it) got my e-mail address (probably by searching for train buffs) and sent me a link to a nice corporate propaganda piece on how their products are helping to make railroads more efficient. To which I put on my shill hat and say, "Hooray! More trains, less fewer trucks", thereby offending both the Teamsters and residents of Chicago suburbs. Anyway, the GE piece had this video clip (staying with the Great Frozen North theme) on how they're helping Canadian Pacific save on fuel, and which also has some impressive views of massive motive power and other rolling stock:


GE also has this game that allows you to play rail baron through the history of railroad development. I haven't tried it yet; let me know how it goes for you.