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Train Waving: 1967

Train Waving: 1967

My two younger brothers and myself waving at the train which passed by twice a day on the track across the road from our grandparent's home. Morehouse, Missouri, 1967. Kodachrome slide. Any advice on optimal methods to scan slides would be appreciated! View full size.

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Look at Google satellite image for Morehouse, Mo at ground level; the Missouri Pacific tracks look unused. Go to the lowest elevated view, and the tracks were in the process of being removed. The grade crossings were still in place but the rails elsewhere were being pulled and stacked for the scrap man.

The boys in Morehouse don't wave at passing trains anymore.

Did a Lot of Train Waving

But it was back in the early-fifties when I was about the age of the little tyke on the left. I lived in Locust Grove,MD which was right next to a B&O line.

But by the early-sixties we had moved to Baltimore,MD and my train waving days were over. I had to console myself by fist pumping my arm at the big truckers driving through the area. They would usually give a big blast on their air horns.

It makes me wonder. Back then, strangers were so comfortable to wave and toot a horn to just say Hi! It's not like that anymore.

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