|1920s Electric Pullman|
I've gotten used to the fact that my mother, who is from Germany and has lived in the States for over 40 years, always manages to run into other Germans. Wherever she is. Seriously. One time we were in a ghost town in the middle of the desert in California near the Nevada border and ran into Germans who were driving around the western US.
For me it's not Germans that I'm always running into, but books. Usually used books. They seem to show up in the most unexpected places. Take, for example, my recent outing to the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) in Union, IL. The IRM is the largest railway museum in the country and you'd expect them to have a bookstore, or at least a museum gift shop that has some books. Well, they have both a museum gift shop and a bookstore. What I didn't expect them to have is a USED BOOKSTORE.
|Used bookstore is attached to the Union Pacific engine.|
Below are some pictures of the used bookstore. I spoke with Joe, one of the volunteers, a super nice guy who refrained from being photographed. He'd love for more people to know about their operation and offerings (both the museum and the used bookstore).
|The used bookstore entrance.|
|Inside the used bookstore--browsing heaven for the train enthusiast.|
|I bought a copy of Paul Theroux's The Old Patagonian Express.|
|An excellent cause. The used bookstore has everything from personal narratives & novels to technical manuals & company histories and more about trains from around the world.|
|If you live in the area and are looking for a volunteer opportunity . . . .|
|Closed for the day.|
They also have some historic buses and I bought a post card of the bus that I used to take from Cicero to the Ford City Mall. What a find!
Visit the IRM website at http://www.irm.org/
If you're looking for a haunted house, check out their TERROR ON THE RAILROAD every Friday and Saturday night in October through the 29th.