Old School Photo Hack

Bumper sticker


Here ya go, Tillerman.  Custom delivered to you by my old man.

Here are your clues:

  • It remains outdoors all the time.
  • It can go very fast.
  • If you’re near it for a long time you can get dirty.
  • Children of all ages love to watch it.

That’s it for now — have fun!

15 thoughts on “Bumper sticker

    1. M_Zeissler Post author

      That’s an excellent guess, but incorrect. Here are more clues:

      – On a crystal clear September day back in the mid-1970s, I was delivering newspapers very early in the morning before going to high school in nearby Williamsport and suddenly heard one of the most haunting sounds I’d ever experienced — this specific locomotive. And having been electrified by the experience, I was able to get a ticket and tour it later that day.

      – This specific train was credited with sparking a revival of interest in steam locomotives nationwide.


  1. Tillerman

    How can you get “electrified” by a steam train? Or is that a clue?

    When I was a little lad back in England, the most famous steam locomotive of the time was Mallard. I think it still hold the speed record for steam engines. It was still hauling express trains up and down the East Cost line and they used to go right past my school playing field. Did I ever tell you that three of my grandparents worked for the railway?


    1. M_Zeissler Post author

      Three of your grandparents? Really? That’s cool!

      My dad remembers watching the daily mail getting delivered by the train (tossed off in a heavy canvas bag and bouncing a number of times before skidding to a stop), and the outgoing mail getting grabbed with a big hook, both while the train was moving at a decent clip. His house was just two houses away from the tracks, where he grew up.

      The “electrified” comment was just a figure of speech and not a quiz clue. I’d heard about this train coming to our area on the radio, anticipated it for many weeks, but hadn’t expected the whistle to impact me the way it did.

      Another clue: this was a commemorative train. There are many on the Google, but this one is very special and doesn’t get much Interwebs coverage.


    2. Tillerman

      Mallard set the world speed record for a steam engine only a few miles away from the town where I grew up. I was an avid train spotter as a boy!


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