My videos are often about birds. Today, it's about a steam locomotive called the Tornado. But there is a connection between birds and steam trains.

Many stream engines were named after birds: Kingfisher, for example, and Falcon, Kestrel, Merlin and Golden Eagle. In fact, the Mallard set the record as the world's fastest steam locomotive 75 years ago in England at 126 miles an hour. The record is still unmatched.

My interest in steam trains stems from stories my father told me. After America's drought-stricken Southern Plains turned to dust during the Depression, my father traveled the country in steam powered trains promoting soil conservation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Glen Loyd lives on the Rock River in Janesville 15 days a month. He is a former public information officer for Wisconsin Consumer Protection, publishes a weekly consumer protection blog. Glen is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management. does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

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