Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Race

I grew up with a railroad right across the road from our house. Bro O and I always ran outside when we heard the train coming and wave. The engineer would pull the cord and blow the whistle all the way by the house. It became such a habit for him that he started blowing the whistle whether we were outside or not and eventually even when he went by in the middle of the night.
I'm not sure what that has to do with the fact that every time I see a train traveling beside a road, I find myself driving faster, trying to catch up and ultimately pass the engine. But I do. Yesterday was no exception. I held my camera out the window and snapped a shot, expecting it to turn out a total blur. What I got wasn't a great picture, but it's the best I could do while in the midst of a train chase.

I beat him, too!

Happy Monday!

Linking to Blue Monday

13 comments:

Stewart M said...

The railway that crossed our road was torn up when I was very young - the ld track was a wonderful playground!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

SmilingSally said...

Hi Roan,

You've touched good memories in me. My father worked at the railroad. He was a yardman. And, my grandparents lived three doors down from a train crossing. Whenever I spent the night, I'd listen for the whistle before I'd fall asleep. Thanks for sharing.

Have a Happy Blue Monday!

TexWisGirl said...

some habits die hard. :) just be safe!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Ha ha, it would never occur to me to try to race a train!

Gattina said...

Excellent result with your photo, while driving to catch up, lol !

Brian King said...

That's cool! I like trains! I've noticed over the past few years that the trains I see no longer have a caboose at the end.

Luis Das said...

Schön, die Geschwindigkeit angehalten !
Eine gute Woche,
Luis

Ellie said...

Ah your post made me smile. It's funny how childhood memories carry on through you life. Cool picture too :))

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

The excitement of trains! I love seeing trains go on our local line, especially when I'm on the foot bridge beside the lines! Great photo too!

Beth @ "E. Lizard Breath Speaks" said...

since childhood i have always loved trains. anything train. i love the sights, the sounds, love it all!! i have never thought about the driving aspect though? neat!! as a kid i had a babysitter that lived across from the tracks & we would watch it daily & wait for the caboose & would wave at the dude in there - so fun!! miss that. ( :

Gail Dixon said...

Glad you didn't get hurt while attempting photography AND racing the train! lol You got a really decent photo from it and a beautiful sky. I'm afraid doing these two things at once would've challenged my already poor multi-tasking skills. :)

Annesphamily said...

My favorite Uncle Louie was a railroader. Oh the stories he told us and I have traveled by train many times as a youngster. I love watching the trains go by and we get quite a few in the area where we live, not around the corner but lots of times when we go to the airport we catch the train and have to wait for them to pass us by. Thanks for the memories and great photo share.

edenhills said...

Wonderful memories! That's an impressive shot out the window while racing.