‘On a Midnight Train’

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Midnight Train

Imagine this.  You have a lady who lives in a small town where she has very few friends.  She has no opportunities.  She is very lonely.  What does she do?  She goes to the train station.  She buys a ticket for a random train.  The train arrives at midnight.  She boards the train and goes for a ride hoping that opportunity would find her.

You now have a man who is a native of Detroit, Michigan and had spent his entire life there.  He seems to find nothing but dead ends where he goes.  He wants out, but what can he do?  He goes to the train station, and he buys a random ticket.  The train arrives at midnight.  He boards the train in hopes that it would take him to a better life.

The man takes his seat… and he just happens to be across the aisle from the…

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