Trains have become a real symbolic metaphor for me. A train can take you from town to town, state to state, or country to country. Even underwater. They travel hundreds to thousands of miles climbing through mountains and sailing across long endless flat lands or even across the English Channel.
Wood burning or coal rains have become a thing of the past and most have switched to electric three rail trains. Efficiency has triumphed.
So trains have become more efficient. This is true of many things today; no surprise, the world has become a very fast-paced place.
And, dare I say, too fast.
I remember when I was a child traveling to Colorado Springs on an overnight train. I just remember flickers of that trip. It seems my memory of, before the wreck, is similar to a candle, sometimes flickering in so vividly I can almost remember the feel of the train jolting and the fascination I had prancing through the cars.
Then I remember the heat rising from the Springs.
It was a beautiful trip!