Monday, September 5, 2011

Passengers, Pizza, and Pork

I was riding the bicycle through our beautiful downtown, sweat dripping from my nose and running in rivulets down the crevices in my time-worn visage when I espied the fine-dining train. Yes, the train still comes to town. Sporadically.





It parks beside the Pizza Shack, Tipton's nod to gustatory delights, so that the passengers may disembark, stroll through our beautiful downtown, then return to the Shack to dine before boarding the train to return to its station at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Noblesville.






This street view of Tipton's downtown in the long-before-my-time is testimony to the fact that this was once a thriving mini-metropolis. The most striking feature of the picture, apart from the horseless carriages on the left side of the street, is the fact that other than the men in the barbershop, virtually all the males are wearing hats. And jackets. And ties. Oh, for the good old days! Yeah/no.


The caboose train will provide rides every half-hour on Friday and Saturday during the Pork Festival (Tipton, Indiana, September 8 - 10. Be there.) Train leaves from and returns to Pizza Shack.

11 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

Most assuredly, No. Let bygones be bygones.

jimgrey said...

Ah yes, the Pizza Train. Had no idea it also delivers pork patrons at that time of year.

vanilla said...

Chuck, right. Some progress is progress.

Jim, I think the train doesn't "deliver" patrons so much as it takes them for a short ride down the track and back.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Ah- another train I could ride. Tipton, eh? Perhaps we will meet some day.

vanilla said...

Shark, Tipton, yes. I've referred to it as "Hometown" and "Perfect" but I see it is all out in the open now. "If you want to ride you get your ticket..." Check the ITM link.

Lin said...

Is Tipton the destination or the return-around point?

vanilla said...

Lin, the train runs from Noblesville to Tipton and from Tipton to Noblesville, may board at either point, on Saturdays May - Sept. Plus festival trains. Schedule on ITM website.

John Cowart said...

Last week someone asked me about train rides; I'll let her know about this.

vanilla said...

John, it is a pleasant ride through the beanfields and cornstalks!

Vee said...

Someday we should come to your famous pork festival.

vanilla said...

Vee, you should; and there is no time like the present.