The Ghosts of the Trains

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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You park your car in the lot next to the rail trail.  You get out and walk to the old train station that now serves as a rest stop for those using the trail.  You sit on the bench to take a brief rest, and then… it hits you.  You look left.  You look right.  It is just a trail that was once a right of way of a railroad line, but the tracks were taken up many years ago.  You look at the old train station… and it hits you again.  You begin to imagine the days when the trains passed through here.  You hear the whistle.

Wait!  There is no train here.  The tracks have been gone for years.  The whistle blows again.  You look around, and passengers are arriving at the depot.  The train arrives.  People get off and on the train.  The platform is full of…

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