Cool Hotdog Cars

“Wienermobile” is a series of automobiles shaped like a hot dog on a bun which are used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products in the United States. The first version was created in 1936 by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, and variants are still used by the Oscar Mayer company today. Drivers of the Wienermobiles are known as Hotdoggers and often hand out toy whistles shaped as replicas of the Wienermobile, known as Wienerwhistles.



The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile has evolved from Carl Mayer’s original 1936 vehicle to the vehicles seen on the road today. Although fuel rationing kept the Wienermobile off the road during World War II, in the 1950s Oscar Mayer and the Gerstenslager Company created several new vehicles using a Dodge chassis or a Willys Jeep chassis. One of these models is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. These Wienermobiles were piloted by “Little Oscar” (portrayed by George Molchan) who would visit stores, schools, orphanages, and children’s hospitals and participate in parades and festivals.
In 1969, new Wienermobiles were built on a Chevrolet motor home chassis and featured Ford Thunderbird taillights. The 1969 vehicle was the first Wienermobile to travel outside the United States. In 1976 Plastic Products, Inc., built a fiberglass and styrofoam model, again on a Chevrolet motor home chassis.
In 1988, Oscar Mayer launched its Hotdogger program, where recent college graduates were hired to drive the Wienermobile through various parts of the nation and abroad. Using a converted Chevrolet van chassis, Stevens Automotive Corporation and noted industrial designer Brooks Stevens built a fleet of six Wienermobiles for the new team of Hotdoggers.
With the 1995 version, the Wienermobile grew in size to 27 feet long and 11 feet high. The 2004 version of the Wienermobile includes a voice-activated GPS navigation device, an audio center with a wireless microphone, a horn that plays the Wiener Jingle in 21 different genres from Cajun to Rap to Bossa Nova, according to American Eats, and sports fourth generation Pontiac Firebird taillights.




There are currently eight active Wienermobiles, six of which are the full-sized familiar models (the other two are the Mini and the food truck versions) with each assigned a part of the country. The “hotdogger” position of driving the Wienermobile is open to U.S. citizens, and the job lasts from the first of June until the following first of June. Only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible. Both current hotdoggers and Oscar Mayer recruiters visit college campuses across the country in search of the next round of hotdoggers. Candidates are screened from an average of 2000 applicants. Every March, a pool of thirty final-round candidates are brought to Kraft Foods and Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, for interviews. Each vehicle can hold two hotdoggers, and twelve people are chosen. Currently there are about 300 hotdogger alumni.



They apparently come in all sizes.

The Big Glorious Steam Engines


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I heard the sounds of locomotion
and a whistle’s plaintive cry
of weakness, but the wheels were turning.
Steel on steel the sole reply.

The sounds of force accelerating
rhythmically as drums would play
recalled a light and tender time,
though made of steel the permanent way,

when near a depot long abandoned,
waiting for a passing train,
a child would sit alone for hours
just to hear the steel refrain.

I heard the sounds of locomotion
carrying a longing man
with freight and cargo to a place that
rails of steel alone could span.








“I looked out of the train,
And I suddenly saw the empty station
As we hurtled through, with a hollow roar . . .
‘Harviston End’ . . . It was dark and dead”

A quiet hymn to all that we’ve lost. It’s all here, the sights, sounds and smells of a country station about to close. I’ve searched my railway book shelves to see if Harviston End existed, but it appears not. But the word ‘end’ in the title goes much further than the white-pebbled station name.








Lost Tracks of Time




I took a freight train to be my friend, O lord,
You know I hoboed, hoboed, hoboed,
Hoboed a long long way from home, O lord,






train12 The Cincinnatian Baltimore and Ohio steam locomotive 1956

The Cincinnatian, Baltimore and Ohio steam locomotive 1956.




train14 Belgian “Atlantic” class steam locomotive, built in 1939 for the Brussels-to- Ostend run

Belgium Atlantic Class steam locomotive, built 1939 Brussels to Ostend run.


train15 Mallard. The worlds fastest steam locomotive, at 125.88mph. Not the prettiest steam engine I've ever seen, but its wonderful that we can make a kettle go that fast... england

The Mallard. World’s fastest steam locomotive timed at 125 miles per hour, Doncaster, England.






Cass Shay #5, #11, #6 running full throttle

Virginia coal train


trainDurango Silverton Line, North of Durango, CO

Durango Silverton line Colorado

Those Amazing Flying Machines



San Francisco International



Five giants: three Airbus A380’s, a Boeing 747 and 777.



Qantas A380



747 coming in extremely low at St. Martens.


The infamous “Gimli Glider”. Air Canada 767 made an emergency landing at an abandoned airstrip in Gimli, Manitoba. The plane ran out of fuel when a technician made a mistake converting gallons into litres.

airline4 lax

Up and away  at LAX

airline5 berlin

Berlin Airshow. The American section with the giant C-5 Galaxy dwarfing everything else.

airline6 Antonov An-225 Mriya

The Russian Anotov AN-225 Mriya. Biggest plane in the world.





More Crosswinds


airline9 crosswinds ecuador



747 into the sunset






Thunderbirds over Nevada



F-100 Super Sabre alongside FedEx MD-111 Mojave, California.

Eerie Abandoned Places From Around The World


Island Home, Finland



Methodist Church, Gary, Indiana



Soviet naval testing station in Makhachkala, Russia



Church steeple in the middle of a frozen lake, Reschen, Italy


Lake Reschen is an artificial reservoir. When it was built, it submerged many villages, including a 14th century church.


Victorian-style tree house, Florida, USA



An abandoned hallway, France.



Spreepark, Berlin, Germany



Poveglia Island, Italy


This island was used by Napoleon Bonaparte to isolate those with the plague from those who were healthy. It was later used as an asylum for those struggling from extreme mental health issues.


Abandoned bumper cars, Chernobyl, Ukraine



Overgrown palace, Poland



An abandoned house in the forest. Location unknown.



Abandoned Movie theater in Detroit, Michigan



Church in St. Etienne, France


Update: after doing some research I discovered the above church is a composite photograph. I was curious as to why a small stream went through a church.


Shipwrecks on a sandbar in the Bermuda Triangle



Staircase to nowhere, Pismo Beach, California


Initially there was a supported catwalk to the top of the staircase that allowed people to get to the beach.

Exploring an Abandoned Mansion

No location provided. Appears to be the US or Canada.


We were on a road trip driving through the mountains, and when we looked over deep into the woods we saw a building over grown. we decided to go check it out, what we found made our jaws drop



this mansion’s jewel was its indoor pool



Upper deck



Family Room/Satan ritual Room



Indoor tennis court