|President-elect Obama with former Presidents Bush, Carter and Clinton and the then current President Bush at the White House on Jan 7, 2009|
(by Pete Souza - Creative Commons 2.0 Generic License)
How did Obama get to Washington DC later in the month? By train of course.
|Barack Obama on the end of the Georgia 300 train car as it rolls through Claymont, Delaware on the way to Washington DC (17 January 2009)|
(by ajac - CC Attribution 2.0 Generic License)
But look closely at the first photo again. Another old President is in the room - President Lincoln in the picture on the wall. After his assassination by John Wilkes Booth in April 1865 Lincoln's last ride was on a funeral train.
|The engine that drew Lincoln's Funeral Train from Washington to Springfield|
Presidents travelling by train is a well established tradition as shown by President Wilson. Pictures exist of other Presidents and presidential candidates on the stomp including this from 1920.
Informal photograph of Governor James M. Cox of Ohio, a candidate for President in 1920, standing on the bottom step at the back of a train in Chicago, Illinois. Date: 1920
(Uncredited Chicago Daily News Photographer)
We have no Presidents in the UK of course and I'm not one for photographing trains but I did discover this engine 2392 on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway taken some 40 years ago.
For more Presidents, trains and old photos go to Sepia Saturday 91