- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Your writers showed their ignorance of railroading in their report on Barack Obama’s train trip to Washington (“Obama trains his eyes on history,” Page 1, Sunday).

They wrote that he rode in a “caboose,” which was the small, usually red, sparsely furnished car for crew members carried at the end of a freight train (no longer necessary). Mr. Obama rode in a restored private car with an open rear platform, similar to the observation-lounge cars carried on the finest trains in the era of universal rail travel. Also, the only way he “and others” could have sounded the train’s horn would have been if the locomotive engineer let them do it in his cab.



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