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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Great Train Robbery


After yesterday's somewhat "creepy" post...I thought I would take you back to my childhood today.

This is an old auto bridge that crosses the Wabash River from Indiana to Illinois. However it was a bridge similar to this that my cousin and me used to hide on...the one we hid on was a railroad bridge. We would walk the bridge waiting for a train. Sometimes we were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid...sometimes were Jesse and the James gang ready to pick off our next train robbery.

I look back now and realize how dangerous this was but at the time we were kids and that is what boys did. By the grace of God...we never got our jeans caught on the track or our foot caught on a railroad tie trying to escape at the last minute. Today the boys live out their fantasies with "The Final Fantasy Series" or "Halo"...much safer but I have to say their is something lacking in this. As BB King would say "The thrill is gone".

Dan

10 comments:

Sunny said...

Besides old barns, I love old bridges and this one is wonderful.
Have a great weekend.
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sunny...same to you...I hope your weekend lasts forever!

Dan

Cynthia L. H. said...

...and mothers everywhere are grateful.
;^)
Love the bridge...there is one similar that is still standing on an alternate route into OKC that my dad tells stories about.
;^)

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...you are right! As a father...I didn't let Zach get on the tracks. I guess I am somewhat of a hypocrite!

Dan

Doreen said...

that is a great bridge. hint hint ...... not only boys do those things. kids have no fear, when we get older that is when we think ... oh no! I could have killed myself!! :-)

DawnTreader said...

My grandparents lived close to the railway; no bridge, and we didn't "play" on the tracks, but we always used an unofficial path to cross them to get to the lake nearby...

Dan Felstead said...

Doreen...sound like you have walked a couple of those bridges as well!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader..you can be honest with us....I bet you walked the bridges!

Dan

DawnTreader said...

Dan, my confession will have to be of the opposite kind: I was always of rather cautious nature even as a child... Willfully putting myself in physical danger was never quite my thing!

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