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Like a lot of small boys, I was fascinated by railroads,
unlike most, I never outgrew it. It's the sounds and
smells that appeal as much as the images: the whistle,
the rumbles of the diesel, the bell sounding at the crossing.
The appeal is also the combination of near and far, local and cosmic that the track evokes. I tried to describe that in this essay.
The station at Manhattan Kansas through the years.
Gallery: across the nation
Train watching by the water in Edmonds, Washington
Last modified 9/27/07; posted 12/28/2003, original content © 2007, 2003 John P. Nordin