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  • Rusty Rails

    Weeds overtake the Illinois Central's Johnston City District in near Carbondale, Illinois, in 1988. The rails would come out a few years later.    I was driving to a friend’s house in Mississippi some time back, when I noticed the old railroad tracks paralleling the highway. I...
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  • The Challenger Returns

    Note: This piece was written in October, 2010         I used to take great pride in managing to see at least one steam locomotive in operation every year. That streak held from 1983 until 2002.    The streak ended in 2003, in no small part because of Frisco...
  • Something Akin To A Visitation

        It occurs to me that there is something inherently sad about a steam locomotive going cold for the last time.  Such a machine is as close to a living, breathing, entity as humanity has managed to piece together.  And when one of these magnificent creatures falls by the w...
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