I've Been Workin' On the Railroad...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty

By eight yesterday morning I was on a train for a quick day trip to New York. By evening I was back...and though I talked to several people, made appointments, did some negotiating, and read and sent emails, most people never knew I'd left.

Dawn was just breaking when we got to Penn Station in Baltimore, and I couldn't resist snapping some photos of the classic façade. Later I did some research and learned the building is Beaux Arts style and dates from 1911. Though almost a century old, it had a face-lift in the 1990's when the interior was brightened considerably. Isn't that skylight magnificent? It reminds me of a grand hotel from the turn of the 20th century.

 

Out front of the station is a massive sculpture that has caused loads of controversy. People seem to love it or hate it, and every so often there's a letter to the editor calling for it to be removed as an eyesore. Called Male/Female, it was created in 2004 by artist Jonathan Borofsky. His website describes it as a "...somewhat Jungian archetype of a male/female figure commissioned by th e Municipal Art Society and placed in front of Pennsylvania Station. The brushed aluminum sculpture stands 51 feet tall. A pulsating LED sits where the two figures intersect; the light emitted over a 60-second cycle ranges from cobalt blue to fuchsia, denoting spiritual energy.(note:I captured both color s)  'The whole idea of this piece is two energies becoming one,' Borofsky says, 'two energies coming together to create a greater force.' "Whatever else it is, the sculpture makes for interesting photos!

 

With camera stowed we boarded the train and I settled in. My tablet PC plugged into the seat outlet, and with my cell phone handy, I made all my appointments and then scheduled one settlement for Thursday and another one for Friday afternoon. After that, it was negotiation for a home inspection, and then I downloaded the photos I took of the station and sculpture. 

 

When we rolled into New York's Penn Station we found a charming porter to help us. This helpful man is named Saint, and he absolutely lived up to his name. They really do make it easy to get to and from the Big Apple by train.                                                                                                                              

 

Our day's errands done, we came back home with the same ease. All the way I was keeping up with phone calls and emails. With the right technology it didn't matter where I was - it was business as usual.

 

Sing it with me...I've been workin' on the railroad!

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Baltimore,Md

 

 

 

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Maggie, WOW and thanks for returning my call. You are amazing!  Thank you for those kind words. So much information, so much effort, so much of your time. It is greatly appreciated! Here is a gold star for all of your beautiul writing and giving so much of your time and talent!!     Hope everyone gets to read week in review.                                                                                                                                   

Joan, Glad you enjoyed the ride and thanks for stopping by. The train is a really good place to get work done.

 

Mar 19, 2007 08:27 PM #17
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Margaret - This one's for you - all the live long day!  "I've been workin' on the railroad"

Mar 19, 2007 08:36 PM #18
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Thanks for stopping by..and it has been a "...live long day.
Good night, Tony.
Mar 19, 2007 09:26 PM #19
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Here in our home in Fredericksburg Virginia we are two blocks from the railroad station.  An easy walk to the platform, get on the train, ride north to DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston if you care to.  Have made the trip up to New York several times and it is even better now than it was when I was a child riding from home in New York State north to my mother's home in New Brunswick, Canada.

Nostalgic moments!

Mar 21, 2007 05:32 AM #20
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ED, Hop on that train anytime and I will pick you up at our station.  Would love to see you.
Mar 21, 2007 07:54 AM #21
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I was in Key West all week, and I pulled it off to where no one knew I was MIA..
Mar 23, 2007 08:06 PM #22
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Gloria, It is great when you pull it off. Getting away and still getting everything done.

Hope your week in Key West was a blast! Did you take some photos and write a post?

 

Mar 23, 2007 09:30 PM #23
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Margaret, I am 65 years old now, but I can remember the old Penn Station  I worked for Eddies Sandwich Shop on Charles Street, delivereing coffee to the old building.

Things do change.  Great pictures.  I can see why you are a top producer in this area.

I would like to invite you to our real estate auction sales meeting next Wednesday (and every Wednesday) at 4pm, 6721 Harford Road, Baltimore at Northern Parkway. www.auctionbrokers.net

Charles Parrish 

 

Mar 24, 2007 07:40 PM #24
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Hi Charles, Thanks for the invitation. I will have to check this out one Wednesday!

 

Mar 24, 2007 08:04 PM #25
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Great photos and post, Margaret. Why don't you do a series of train station/depot shots - it would be an interesting chronicle of our country. 

Have you been to Nashville? Their old railroad station has been turned into a hotel, and has a fabulous restaurant on the main floor, Arthur's.  Arthur's alone is worth the trip. 

Mar 26, 2007 06:43 PM #26
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Thanks Sharon, 

That's a great idea for an Active Rain  group and then everyone would have a place to post any RR station in the country.

I know DC has a cool station. It is a wonderful place to go over just for the day.

I have been to Nashville but not to the Arthur's

Mar 26, 2007 06:50 PM #27
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Thanks for posting it to the group, Margaret. There have been some exciting responses to the group.

A few years ago we went back to Arthur's - not having been to the restaurant in over 15 years, when it was not downtown in the renovated train station. Would you believe the owner recognized us? He talked us into staying until the restaurant closed and then shared their famous cigars and Cafe Diablo with us as we chatted in front of the cozy fireplace.  Even more memories from Arthur's! 

Now you have me wishing I'd taken photos of some of the interesting train stations in Europe! 

Mar 31, 2007 01:27 PM #28
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Sharon, I am trying to picture you with a cigar! Some impression you made on the owner after 15 years!

Were these people with you?   Sorry I could not resist!                                                                        

Mar 31, 2007 06:29 PM #29
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I hadn't thought of Baltimore's Penn Station in years.  I used to frequent there quite often.  Thanks for the memory.

Out here in the Heartland Kansas City has a pretty nice train station though St. Louis' is even better.  KC's still functions with trains and is always struggling to hold on even though you can STILL see the bullet holes in the marble from the 20's that occurred because of the Kansas City Massacre.  St. Louis' train station now has a hotel attached (if I remember correctly) and has plenty of shopping.  Really a vibrant place.  

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Chris, Let me know if you have plans to come back to the Baltimore area. You can go flying with my husband, Lee. He and the guys usually fly every Saturday morning.

Your train station would be nice to see here on the Rain. Sounds like a good post with photos of the bullet holes..

 

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Apr 01, 2007 06:17 PM #31
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Margaret - Thanks for the invite!  I learned to fly because of that area.  I was still a professional photographer at the time and I had to get some aerial shots of the Germantown SoccerPlex.  So anyway I talked this guy into flying me around to get the shots.  After I got the shots he says to me "Do you want to run over to Annapolis and see the bay?"  I said "Heck Yes!" 

From there I was hooked!  But that's a whole other story.  And I'll photo the bullet holes.  By themselves they are boring.  But with the story...  Hmm....could be  localism blog.

Apr 01, 2007 08:49 PM #32
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Chris, I will look forward to the Localism blog!
Apr 01, 2007 09:46 PM #33
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The heck with the home inspection threads, the railroad threads rock! I'm a former brakeman for the Chicago Northwestern in Chicago.

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Margaret...

This is a great post that I missed somehow! Love the pics and the journal of your trip! Excellent!

Dec 08, 2008 06:39 AM #35
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Erol, I am glad I wrote about the railroad for you!

Richard, Thanks for stopping by. Gosh...hard to believe this was written March of 2007.

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