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Rated: E · Fiction · Transportation · #2095658
An old railroad line talks.
The Old Steam Line

Kathleen McNamara

The leaves have started falling. I am so excited! That means the old steam engine and the passenger cars will ride my rails once again. The October and December runs are my favorites. Earlier this summer there were two special excursions, The Great Train Robbery runs. For the Train Robbery weekends, the railroad owners and employees dress up in period costumes from the 1890”s and pretend to be passengers and train robbers. It is an entertaining afternoon for all the riders.

They have become so popular with the tourists; there is talk among the conductors and the engineers about adding a third run next year. I can understand why. The old engine calls to mind the trains of long ago and my passenger cars are so comfortable and well decorated. Not like the sleek commuter trains of today. You will not find any hard plastic seats in my cars. My riders travel in style!

The special train runs on October weekends will take people to see the fall leaf colors along the mountain line. The very last weekend of October is a special Halloween run. Everyone dresses up in his or her favorite costume, passengers too. There are lots of Halloween treats and goodies for the youngest riders.

Weekends in December are dedicated to making the holidays special for the children. They get to have lunch with Santa and the Mrs. and some of his elves. But the best run of the year is set aside for the children of military service personnel and their families. Santa really knows how to put on quite a party!

Once the snows of winter come, the mountain line is shut down and the engines go to the roundhouse for rest and repair. It is a very lonely time for me. I am not sure how much longer I will be able to keep providing fun for the vacationing families; giving them a glimpse of train rides of the past. My track beds need constant upkeep and my rails, while still sturdy, are really beginning to show some wear. I am almost 100 years old, you know. So, as long as the railroad owners keep fixing me, the engines will keep a bit of history alive and provide lots of families, loads of fun.
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