Grab Bag

In long ago times, railroading was a romantic proposition: One could honeymoon while riding the cars to exotic, far away places beyond the far limits of civilized settlement - say Tacoma - and be thoroughly enthralled with the opulence and service provided by the Pullman Company, assuming that the train stayed on the tracks. The formica and toilets-doubling-as bed-stands (true!) effronteries of today's Amtrak have largely removed the romance from railroading, we judge. Thus we think of railroads in a much different way, if at all. Here we see this perceptual disparity in graphic terms.