Engine No. 2472, March 2009
My husband, David, and I were steam locomotive “engineers for an hour” on September 2, 2010. Actually, the time clock registered 1-1/2 hours for me and 30 minutes for David. “You’re the one writing the novel about the train,” David said. What a sweet guy! Running #2472 was a dream come true.
Golden Gate Railroad Museum (GGRM) offered this unique opportunity, courtesy of the Niles Canyon Railway in California and the Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA). Steam Engine No. 2472 belongs to GGRM and currently is housed and run on Niles Canyon Railway property. David and I, avid railfans, are members of both GGRM and PLA.
I’ve spent the summer working on short stories and essays. Now I’m ready and motivated to get back to work on the rewriting of my unpublished train novel–”A Light from the Mountain.” At last, I think I can, I think I can…I know I can!
Laurel Anne Hill (The Little Engineer Who Could)
Laurel and David
Laurel reaches for the engine break
David, on the other hand, goes for the throttle
Engineer Don, Fireman John and Laurel
Causes Laurel Hill Supports
Winter Nights Shelter and Shelter, Inc.