Our son wanted to spend his birthday dinner at our favorite picnic place, by the Ashland Visitors Center watching the trains. We got lucky today, no garbage train! This time we were graced by Amtrak and one of my favorite trains, the AutoTrain!
And what’s a birthday train watch without a souvenir? We had two train smashed pennies in the car and decided to have them flattened again. The problem was, we couldn’t find one of them after Engine 73 went by. Wonder how much money gets lost on train tracks across the U.S.?
Amtrak 73 Southbound
We laid our final penny on the track again and waited for the next train. This time it was another Amtrak. And once again we lost our penny. We stared at it, watched it bounce and fly onto the track. But between the three of us, we could not find it! You’d think a shiny flat penny would be easy to see! Nope. One of the other visitors to the track this afternoon also helped us look for our lost penny. He couldn’t find it either. The AutoTrain really did a number on it. Flattened it so well it must have evaporated! Continue reading →
Today while watching the trains the little Prince started chatting up two college girls on their way back to campus. He asked them if they thought the trains were loud when they were studying? Great opening line. Both of them equally lovely, the brunette spoke first and noted on sunny days they don’t bother her at all. But on a snowy day this past winter, she wished she could push the mute button because they seemed to echo through the snow.
Even on rainy days we can’t run errands without swinging by the Train Depot. There’s something about hearing that train horn sound off in the distance on a cloudy day. It seems to echo against the clouds and herald the arrival of adventure.
We love trains, but we’re certainly not die-hard enthusiasts. We meet all kinds of train fans on our little excursions. Some folks are retired employees of CSX or other train companies. Folks who know a lot more about trains than we do. We’ve learned a lot from these folks too. Did you know that rail transportation has been around since the 1st century?
We met some interesting guys on our recent trip to Ashland to watch the trains. They too were taking pictures.
During the school year when the boys need their hair cut, we turn the mundane errand into a fun train watching reward afterwards. That’s the great thing about the local grocery store deli. Nothing like popcorn chicken to put a smile on everyone’s face.