ABC Wednesday – “R” is for Railroads and More

Frisco 4500 Locomotive

R is for Railroad Engine. This is the gigantic Frisco 4500 Steam Engine called the Meteor. Lovingly restored by retired railroad employees and now on display at the Route 66 Village in Tulsa.

Donkeys and Drilling Rigs edit

R is also for Ranch. That’s my wife on the right feeding a trio of guard donkeys at a ranch owned by some my wife’s family in western Oklahoma. Yes, guard donkeys are a thing. They protect cattle from predators such as coyotes. Check it out here. Maybe you need one and didn’t even know it. If nothing else, they are pretty comical.


R is for Ratrod. Ratrods are my favorite kind of hot rod. People spend all sorts of money making them look rusty and run down. They are hot rods with an ironic sense of humor.


R is also for Route 66. It goes right through the middle of Tulsa and our town is full of the highway’s landmarks. My brother visited last November and he turned 66 so we did a bunch of photos of him turning “66 on Route 66” Above is Tulsa’s latest monument to Route 66 on the east side of Tulsa.

So, that is my R’s for this week. Join in at ABC Wednesday

8 thoughts on “ABC Wednesday – “R” is for Railroads and More

  1. DeniseinVA

    Never heard of Ratrods before and that people actually want them that way. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I for one love the look of rusty old cars. Enjoyed this selection of photos. The one of your wife with the donkeys is a cute one. Turning 66 on Rt. 66? Fun thing to do for sure. Something extra special. The Meteor is an impressive old train too.

  2. Driller's Place

    Great set of images. I photographed a steam engine several years ago in West Tulsa, but it was not nearly as colorful as this one. Looks like another road trip is on my schedule. My dad worked 42 years for the Frisco Railroad so these iron horses have a very special place in my heart. I think I wold love to own a little less “Ratty” Ratrod. I love this whole genre of auto art. Have a blessed week.

  3. ABC Wednesday

    It Always amazes me what one can find in the USA… Never been there, probably never will also but I often like what I see when I see something rural

    Have a heartwarming en splendid ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    M e l o d y (team ABC-W)

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