All Things Steampunk  6/22/2015
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A few weeks back I was out for a drive and chanced across something out of the ordinary in this Midwest landscape of farms and fields – Steampunk Mid-West 2015, a gathering at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad depot.  I’d been to the depot several times, having discovered an intense love of trains late in my life. For those outside of the area, the Boone & Senic Railroad opened its doors in 1983 with only a couple of cars. It now offers a huge museum and history center, a gift shop with all sorts of train and railway related items, charter rides and special events going on all year, including the one I was lucky enough to discover. 

It was a little disorienting to step out of a modern day car and into a scene that might have evolved in Victorian England or America’s Wild West, complete with the chuffing of a mammoth steam engine and ladies and gentlemen strolling about in period dress. Venders lined the ‘carriage’ lot, selling everything from dainty baubles to steamer trunks, furniture and clothing, all of it made from found bits and bobs and transformed into something useful and elegant. It was a delightful mix of what had been and what might have been, a glimpse of how we could have lived if everything ran on steam.

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