Railroad Stories: Father Worked for Rock Island Railroad

Leaving Rock Island Railroad in Goodland, Kansas, and traveling to Missouri proved to be a thrilling memory of a first train ride.

| Good Old Days

Oh, the wonderful memories and heartaches of childhood. I was born to a family in which my father was a boxcar inspector and a wrecker engineer for the Rock Island Railroad in Goodland, Kan.

When I was 4 or 5 years old, I would watch for my dad to come home.

Mom used to say, "Don't you go to the corner to meet your dad."

Well, I always went anyway, but Dad wouldn't let Mom punish me for meeting him.

On warm summer days, my sister and I took lunch to Dad while he was working. It was always a thrill to be close to the trains and sit in Dad's shack and watch as he inspected the boxcars. We would walk on the tracks, looking for old spikes or pieces of coal to take home.

When I was 6 years old, I took my first train ride all the way to Missouri. What a thrill it was to see the porter selling sandwiches, fruit, cookies and candy bars. Mom bought me a candy bar, and I thought I was in heaven for sure.

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