Hearing the Whistle of the Essex Steam Train and a Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, “From a Railway Carriage”

Hi all,

Just heard the train whistle loud and clear, as it traveled through our town, Chester, Connecticut. That sound lets us travel back into time to a quieter era, and riding the train brings you there to a different place…a slower place. My grandmother, Omi (everyone called her Omi), would get so excited hearing the whistle, and would sit on the porch for hours just listening to it. She always came to visit us in May and would stay for a few weeks, with the intention of sitting and listening. Omi hated leaving the sounds of the train, and I hate it when the train is put away for the season. It does run in December….Santa time, and then the train is quiet until May. So exciting to hear the first blast of the whistle coming through our town.

The train is a wonderful tourist destination….great place to visit.

“Autumn Train” (Essex Steam Train) Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is an historic and beautiful tourist destination. It is a two and a half hour narrated trip that begins at the historic Essex Train Station built in 1892. You actually ride in vintage railroad cars pulled by a steam locomotive-the real deal! Then the Becky Thatcher Riverboat meets the train at Deep River Landing, and from there you embark on a one and quarter hour cruise along the beautiful Connecticut River. From the boat you see Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House-both interesting tourist destinations, and the local population also enjoys these sights and musical shows on a regular basis.


“The Becky Thatcher” (at Deep River Landing)-Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, CT Artist

This area is Dan’s inspiration to create his paintings-the Connecticut River and other waterways near this river and Long Island Sound. He is constantly painting these views, as they change from season to season and even time of day. There is always something to see on the river, and to capture on canvas.

Did you catch the smoke billowing all around the train-like a bridal veil? He photographed the train coming down the track, as I sat in the car wondering if he is in harms’ way. It makes quite the painting-the smoke wafting up through the fall foliage.


“At Chester” Fine Art Oil Painting by Daniel S. Dahlstrom, Chester, CT Artist

This spot is where the train was passing…such a beautiful train ride through Chester. Did you know a movie was made in Chester–“It Happened to Jane”. It was a romantic comedy and starred Doris Day, Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs, and many locals were in the movie….great dinner conversation!

Thought you might like the following poem by Robert Louis Stevenson:

From A Railway Carriage

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And here is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart runaway in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill, and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone forever!

Inspirational Art Thought for the Day…

Wishing you a good one…..

Nancy (the blogger) and Dan (the artist)

P.S. For the month of July 2014, “Autumn Train” is on exhibit/for sale at the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook, CT. Dan is the Featured Artist…hope you can check it out, and he also will be doing a demo on July 12th from 11-noon. Another added note: “Autumn Train” did sell and went to a very excited owner, and the demo was a hugh success!

Acton Public Library, Old Saybrook, Connecticut

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