Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"I Hear A Train A-comin'"


I had a comment on the recent post about my walk in the woods and down to the railroad track, asking if I'd walked on the rail: 

"Please tell me you walked on the rails too.  What good is a railroad track if you can't try to balance on the rails.  I'm 62, be 63 in Jan. but if I had access to a railroad I would certainly do some rail walking.  I can still handle that height without falling and hurting myself.  Another pleasure of childhood not available to my grandchildren."

Of course this meant another walk to the back of our property with Mandy, because I just HAD to see if I could do it.  I think I finally made it about ten steps.  I was never well-coordinated, even as a child.  Age hasn't improved my skills.  But it was fun!  And if Mandy knew how to operate a camera, I'd have asked her to take my picture.  Perhaps I'll take the granddaughters there one of these days and we'll all take pictures.

I heard a train whistle in the distance and decided to wait and get a shot of the engine approaching.  That silly train was moving slowly; I must have waited at least ten minutes from the time I first heard it whistle.   

Because I had seen the carcass of a dead dog near the track earlier, I sent Mandy back onto our property, not wanting to lose my dog to a train engine.  I needn't have worried.  When the train got really close, she disappeared quickly.


ajoleblon said...

what a wonderful thing to do...and the picture of the train is priceless!

mastersblynn said...

I wonder what the engineer thought when he saw you come out of the brush to take his picture.  Did he wave at you?  I love trains.  We have a train track that runs down the center of our town.  Late at night you can hear the whistle blow. It is comforting. Barbara

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siennastarr said...

I just love all the pictures you take!  I feel like I'm right there with you on your daily walks, and travels!


toonguykc said...

Dammit, woman!!  What would you say to me if I mentioned that I like to go walking on railroad tracks and take pics of trains coming towards me??!!  You'd go into Mom mode and ground me!  Please keep your walks safe from now on!!


madcobug said...

Great pictures. You wouldn't by any chance be related to Johnny Cash humm? Helen

marainey1 said...

What a good shot of the train in the last picture !  I love how you can see the growth on the wayside up close.  Trains have always facinated me.  My BIG dream is to take a journey on the 'Orient Express'.  I'm not even sure if it runs any more, just a dream.  I've never even been on a train. 'On Ya' - ma

fowfies said...

We have a train track not too far, not walking distance, but it is out by the main road to here.  I love the sound of it, especially at night.  Its just far enough away that it is soothing.  You can hear it rumbling before it blows the whistle if you listen closely.

sanforized6 said...

Man, I haven't been on a RR track in ages. Got lots of them around town, BUT, nothing where you'ld have the peace & tranquility like you've got. Guess I better find one, huh? rich