I’m a firm believer in mass transit, and committed to the idea that people should ditch their gas-guzzling SUV’s and try something more efficient, like a smaller, more economical car, a bike, or some sort of public transportation.
And I’ve spent my entire life furthering a love affair with trains that began when I was very, very young. So my current employment with Colorado Railcar Manufacturing, the United States’ only passenger railcar builder, is a dream come true.
The biggest disadvantage so far has been living in Colorado, which is not only a LONG way from my family back here in the Northwest, but it’s a barren wasteland for boat racing as well.
It would seem that being attached to a transit project in the Portland area would be a case of perfect timing, but so far, that hasn’t been the case. In many ways, my love of trains is cut from the same fabric as my love of boat racing. And the two haven’t ever collided. Until now.
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As I type, I am sitting onboard railcar CRMX 1001, a brand-new, state of the art DMU. It is a very unique concept in the industry – a kind of locomotive and passenger car all rolled into one. I won’t bore anyone with the details, but if you want to know more about them, try one of my websites: http://www.trainweb.org/ultradomes/dmu.html
My heart is in Tri-Cities right now, and soon enough I will be too. So don’t forget about me. It already looks like TC will be the best race of the season so far. That’s a very satisfying change from last year. And I am happy to have the Unlimited Lights back in town for this as well.
Don’t give up on me, Hydro Town! I’m coming. Until then, enjoy the racing!