Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994  338 pages

Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994 338 pages

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Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor Soft cover 1994 338 pages
 
Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across America By Henry Kisor
Soft cover
Copyright 1994  
338 pages  Indexed.
At about age six, when I was making my first mental maps of the world, trains branded my brain. For three years I had been totally deaf, after a near-fatal bout with meningitis. Other children in that postwar year of 1946 thrilled to the din of DC-4s and Constellations. I could feel vibrations from the airliners' piston engines, but I could not locate the source, and had to search the sky. Nor, closer in, was the cause of the thrumming apparent, except for the propellers, whirling almost invisibly.
I knew, however, that the machine making the ground reverberate so deliciously down at the depot in Ho-Ho-Kus, a small town in northern New Jersey, would appear from just around the curve of the tracks. In a moment I could see what made that almighty rumble: a big black Ten-Wheeler bringing my father home from Manhattan on the Erie Railroad. Smoke, soot and cinders belched from the locomotive's stack, and clouds of steam seethed from its cylinders. Chuff! Chuff! Chuff! In time with the phlegmy bark of the great iron mastiff, massive steel rods pumped the driving wheels, three times taller than me. Shiny valve gear churned with purpose, like the elbows of a race-walker. The locomotive announced its presence with the thunderous majesty of the Book of Revelations. The memory seared me deeply.

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