trains: 82/365

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I love trains–especially hearing one in the night in the distance, that faraway sound moving father away that means somebody is going somewhere. I love riding on trains and watching them go by. I never mind (anymore) being stopped by one on my way somewhere else. And it’s an especially good day if I happen to catch one chugging along the middle of the street downtown.

Once I get on a train, I have a hard time getting off. I said this to a friend a few weeks ago and then forgot about it until this minute, sitting in front of a blank screen, breathing out, and waiting for the dust to settle.

 

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16 thoughts on “trains: 82/365

  1. I still enjoy the visceral memory of riding my bike home from UW-Madison and being stopped at the train tracks, standing there and soaking in the power of the train as it rumbled past. I think it got me back to my apartment on the south side of town many minutes faster.

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  2. My first apartment was one block from the train tracks. My first home was a little farther away, but close enough to hear the trains hooking up at night. It was a comfort more than an annoyance.

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    • So, Dave, practical as well. And I’m loving your love poems from the ozarks. About half way. Sorry I didn’t make your deadline. Still behind but picking up speed…

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  3. I have mixed feeling about trains, actually. I DO like the sound of them when they’re more in the distance, unless it’s 4:42pm and I know my boyfriend’s mother is on it, about to arrive home and ’cause him more stress (no, I won’t get into it, but…). I love the idea of trains, but mostly in days of old. There’s something romantic about them back then 🙂

    I have a fear of them, too. The mother of a school mate (back in 1970) got stuck on the tracks in her car. I won’t say more than that, but that was when they finally installed gates. I don’t trust they’ll always work, so get that touch of nervousness each time I cross. And unlike all of you, most times I get annoyed when I have to wait for them ’cause I just want to get wherever I need to go.

    For about 5 months, back in 1975, I commuted to Manhattan by train to attend school and that got old pretty quickly. But with all that said, I do have a favorite train: The Hogwarts Express 😀 😉

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  4. Speaking of Dogwoods & Trains… here’s ‘my’ BC Rail Budd Car!
    I worked the run from North Vancouver to Prince George return…
    as a rail steward… catering to passengers who lived along the line…
    a 1 year stint in ’87…a 2 day return trip with 3 days to sleep it off…
    traveling thru 4 seasons & 4 climate zones… the thrill of a lifetime!

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