12 May 2014

Any boy who grew up in a time when boys wandered all around unsupervised and unregimented knows the pleasure of hanging around railroad tracks. Such a boy could never articulate the nature of that pleasure or the reasons for that pleasure. Neither can I.

This stretch that runs along the south boundary of the farm is far from any roads. To get there you go down along a fence at the end of a cornfield either on foot or in the John Deere Gator, nothing more than a glorified golf cart really. You spend some time tossing rocks or laying some coins on the track to be squashed by the next freight train or just sitting. You soon forget how old you are.  It is that same old pleasure.

It can work for girls, too, I'm told.

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Comment by M. C. Sears on March 31, 2015 at 6:23pm
Yes it works for girls too. Love your photography.
Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 31, 2015 at 6:40pm

R&L Excellent. :-)

Comment by nerd cred on March 31, 2015 at 6:41pm

In my neighborhood you broke the federal seals on a parked boxcar and found beer. Or you hopped on a slow moving flatbed to ride the 6 blocks to the park.

You normally didn't take such beautiful pictures, though.

Comment by Myriad on March 31, 2015 at 6:51pm

That first picture is quite wonderful - but doesn't make me want to be anywhere in the vicinity.  Second picture much more reassuring.  (Not into that flat open country thing...)

Comment by alsoknownas on March 31, 2015 at 6:52pm

It's the lines of track that give a hint of infinity, of a place beyond today that beckons wanderlust and says to not stay still that is appealing to youth.

Comment by Zanelle on March 31, 2015 at 7:30pm

What fun!  Glad you kids are happy!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 31, 2015 at 8:30pm

I lived half a mile from a freight train track for ten years. It got loud in the middle of the night but not intrusive, somehow. The sound is so much nicer than planes. 

Comment by Poor Woman on March 31, 2015 at 8:55pm

Distant trains were a part of my youth. We never hung out at the tracks, however. too far for bikes or feet to carry us to that spot.

Interesting observation: kids used to go running around all over the place when we were shavers, nippers and young'uns, didn't they?

It's sad how most children find themselves almost tethered on leashes nowadays. I like the photos. But then, I ususally do like your pics.


Comment by Myriad on March 31, 2015 at 9:18pm

Kosh, I got freight trains running past the end of my back yard.  Some people in town are closer, in that their houses are right by the track.  My neighbors have a balcony that practically overlooks the track.  Half a mile, and you heard them?  My daughter and I got used to the sound of the passing trains quite quickly.  (I just worry a little sometimes about derailments.)

Comment by Arthur James on April 1, 2015 at 6:18am


I out of here, respectfully,

after this: I agree with the

sentiment ref train noise.

I  can hear the Potomac

River train from Chicago

to DC. I always Remember

S. Bryan Wilson - the former

Vietnam Air  Force Forward

Observe - Bryan lost both legs,

a ear, and a got a splintered hip


Concord Weapon's Naval Depot -

I was invited to be on the Tracks.

It was Sept 1 - but on 2nd my Son

celebrated his Birthday. I get in a

bunch of Trouble without Trying.


The train ride from Chicago to DC

is glorious as you Travel Pass via

the Western Maryland landscape

during patchy snow - thaw season. 


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