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Railroad Stories: Lived Near Old Railroad Tracks

I was born and raised in a small town in Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula. It was Iron Ore country where my father worked in the mines for 50 years. Our house, which was about 40 feet from the old railroad tracks, would shake as the trains rolled by. Trains carrying iron ores passed every hour, ...

Railroad Stories: House Overlooked Old Railroad Tracks

My first memory is living in a cabin on a hill overlooking the old railroad tracks, miles off the beaten path in Southwest Georgia. I was about 4 years old at the time, a shy, freckled-face kid with my head in the clouds. Our nearest neighbors were sharecroppers on the other side of a cornfield ...

Railroad Stories: Old Railroad Tracks Served as Playground

I grew up in a very small town in northern Iowa. The farmers put in the Short Railroad line to get their plant and animal products to the market. Six days a week, the train went east in the morning, and west in the afternoon - and those old railroad tracks were quite popular with us children.In ...

Railroad Stories: Lived Next to Old Railroad Tracks

When I was growing up, we lived in a little house by the old railroad tracks on the Arkansas River. Boxcars filled with chickens, pigs and cattle would park on the tracks and stay there for the night. In the summer, we would sit in our yard and listen to the animals.Sometimes we would walk to ...

Railroad Stories: Old Railroad Tracks Were Part of Children’s Playground

When I was growing up, we lived less than a block - just a small alfalfa field - away from where the "Jerky" stormed through our quiet town twice each day. Those old railroad tracks were part of our playground.We learned early on to "walk seven rails" of track at one time, balancing ourselves ...