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Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Everybody loves the sound of a train in the distance, but I wonder how many have been on a train and listened to the sounds from inside.

How many have experienced the rhythmic vibration that imbeds itself deep in your brain; the side-to-side kachunking jostle; the click, click, clicking of the rails; the bumping up and down in your seat; and the whoosh – silence, whoosh - silence as the train passes stationary objects. The experience reminds me of that school sing-along song, “The Wheels on a Bus”.

I love train sounds. It makes me feel like I’m really going somewhere -- that it requires work to get from point A to point B. None of the quiet hum of an air-conditioned car or drone of a plane for me. I like the rattle and clacking of a train.

Comments on "Train"


Blogger Diana said ... (4:24 PM) : 

I realize as I read this that I really haven't been on many trains. That middle paragraph where you start describing the "sense-memories," that would be a great thing to elaborate on because more and more people are going to be unfamiliar with train travel and it's important to have a sense of it.

Really good, ell.


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