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Why Do You Play Trains?

Printed From: Southern California Live Steamers
Category: Railroad Information
Forum Name: Railroad Trivia & News
Forum Discription: Interesting information on the history of railroading and how it has evolved.
Printed Date: Sep 29 2023 at 7:25pm

Topic: Why Do You Play Trains?
Posted By: PhilC
Subject: Why Do You Play Trains?
Date Posted: Jul 24 2013 at 12:24am
Yesterday, Saturday the 20th was our public run day at the Southern California Live Steamers in Torrance. This particular run day I was not driving a locomotive but was working at the station loading and unloading the trains, giving the safety speech and selling lemonade and conductor duckies when there were no trains in the station. It is a fun job.

One of the trains came in and this little 4 year old was eying me up and down before he got off the train. He got off the train with his mom and dad and slowly walked up to me looking up from way down there he said, "Are you Santa Claus?" His eyes were wide open when I bent down and put my finger to my mouth and then said in a hushed tone "shhhh don't tell anyone, this is my summer job" his eyes got even bigger! Then I said , "if you are a good boy this year, maybe I will see you at Christmas time." He then promised he would be good and then really smiled, his mom and dad were beaming in the background having heard everything.

Someone once asked me why I wasted my free time playing trains or volunteering at various organizations. Well that is just one of the reasons right there. It may or may not have made his day to talk to Santa, but the smile on his face sure made mine. It is the little things like this that bring back hope and normalcy and the thought that maybe things are OK.

Just some ramblings from someone that obviously needs to shave and to go on a diet. ;-)

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