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.