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The 2012 National Train Day Game was played at the Cosmic Baseball Association on May 12. This season's game was played between TRAIN ROUTES and UNION STATIONS.

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    Inn. 1: Train Routes
[Starter] WashingtonDC
Zephyr            K          . . .
SunsetLTD         K          . . .
Vermonter         K          . . .
     Inn. 1: Union Stations
[Starter] CapitolLTD
LosAngeles        K          . . .
Cincinnati        K          . . .
PortlandOR        K          . . .
     Inn. 2: Train Routes
EmpireBldr        HR         . . . 1
Crescent          K          . . .
Hiawatha          K          . . .
SilverStar        K          . . .
     Inn. 2: Union Stations
Nashville         K          . . .
Ogden             K          . . .
Indianapolis      K          . . .
     Inn. 3: Train Routes
SilverMeteor      4          . . .
CapitolLTD        K          . . .
Zephyr            K          . . .
     Inn. 3: Union Stations
Denver            K          . . .
Hartford          8          . . .
WashingtonDC      K          . . .
     Inn. 4: Train Routes
SunsetLTD         K          . . .
Vermonter         K          . . .
EmpireBldr        K          . . .
     Inn. 4: Union Stations
LosAngeles        K          . . .
Cincinnati        K          . . .
PortlandOR        K          . . .
     Inn. 5: Train Routes
Crescent          K          . . .
Hiawatha          K          . . .
SilverStar        K          . . .
     Inn. 5: Union Stations
Nashville         K          . . .
Ogden             K          . . .
Indianapolis      K          . . .
     Inn. 6: Train Routes
SilverMeteor      4-3        . . .
CapitolLTD        K          . . .
Zephyr            K          . . .
     Inn. 6: Union Stations
Denver            K          . . .
Hartford          3UN        . . .
WashingtonDC      K          . . .
     Inn. 7: Train Routes
SunsetLTD         HR         . . . 1
Vermonter         K          . . .
EmpireBldr        K          . . .
Crescent          K          . . .
     Inn. 7: Union Stations
LosAngeles        K          . . .
Cincinnati        K          . . .
PortlandOR        K          . . .
     Inn. 8: Train Routes
Hiawatha          K          . . .
SilverStar        K          . . .
SilverMeteor      E-4        . . X
CapitolLTD        K          . . X
     Inn. 8: Union Stations
Nashville         K          . . .
Ogden             K          . . .
*EX:Indianapolis (for PH)
*PH:StLouis       K          . . .
     Inn. 9: Train Routes
Zephyr            K          . . .
SunsetLTD         HR         . . . 1
Vermonter         K          . . .
EmpireBldr        K          . . .
     Inn. 9: Union Stations
Denver            K          . . .
Hartford          E-8        . X .
WashingtonDC      K          . X .
LosAngeles        K          . X .

Train Routes WIN, 3-0

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The naming of TRAIN ROUTES like the naming of trains and engines follows the tradition of naming inanimate objects for the purpose of giving them character and personality.

A UNION STATION is a train depot used by more than one railroad line. IUnion Stations reduced passenger confusion by unifying the various ways in and out of a city serviced by multiple railroads and their tracks. Union Stations also made good business sense for the railway companies by consolidating resources and reducing expenses.



TRAIN VIDEO No. 501
music by Lew Dite


TRAIN DEPARTING STATION
Washington D.C.
Most Strikeouts in a Baseball Game

This game was unusual, even by Cosmic Baseball standards. COBRA scholars are looking for an explanation for why this game played out the way it did. One cosmic baseball fan called it "the most uncanny game I've ever witnessed anywhere, anytime."

But for a ninth inning error by the Train Routes' centerfielder THE VERMONTER, THE CAPITOL LIMITED would have recorded a perfect game. Both the CAPITOL LIMITED and WASHINGTON UNION STATION threw 25 (!) strikeouts...There were fifty (!!) total strikeouts in this strange game. The 2012 National Train Day Game bears no connection with any other baseball game, professional or amateur, except that there is a winner, the TRAIN ROUTES and a loser the UNION STATIONS.

Are Trains Male or Female?

National Train Day Home Page National Train Day in the United States is a way for the passenger railroad industry to "celebrate train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people across America."

The "holiday" occurs on the Saturday closest to May 10 which is the anniversary of the "pounding of the golden spike" in 1869 at Promontory, Utah. The pounding of the spike singaled the completion of the transcontinental railroad allowing passengers to travel from New York to the West Coast in six days. This transportation project had been initiated seven years earlier when Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act on July 1, 1862.

Train Films

Sometimes A Train
Isn't Just a Train

The subconscious associations between train travel and desire is always being emphasized by Hitchcock. ("The Trains of Alfred Hitchcock")

Two train journeys taken by Freud and his family in his very early childhood become founding narratives of psychoanalysis. ("Psychoanalytic Training: Freud and the Railways")

Nowhere is the latent Freudian symbolism of the railway more evident than in the phallic penetration of tunnels by the train. This symbolism provides the climax of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959). ("Freud on the Train")

FREUD ON THE TRAIN
voice by Alfred Hitchcock


TRAIN VIDEO No. 423
Trains of Thought








meanest monopoly known to history



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Game Date May 12, 2012
Duration 2h, 47m
Weather Sunny, 73o
Umpires Edward Agar
William Pierce
William Tester
Official Scorer George Miller Beard
Game MCP Capitol Limited at Wikipedia

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