The image below is from the Google Photo Frame and has been chosen by Fandango for his photoprompt challenge this week.
For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two sets of parallel railroad tracks heading toward a pedestrian walkway that crosses over the tracks.
It seemed strange being on the tracks rather than above them.
Someone had kept them in good repair, and he felt like the 7.15 intercity would come flying towards him any minute.
As a child he had leaned over the bridge and smelled in the steam from the trains as they passed underneath. The meshed safety barriers had been erected to deter kids doing just that and pitching forward as Billy had done.
Billy had been lucky, falling into one of the open carriages rather than under the train, sustaining a broken arm, a mass of bruises, and a rollicking from his Dad.
Steam trains were a thing of the past now, and this line had long since been abandoned by the rail network. No-one travelled by train any more as it wasn’t cost effective and few people worked in the city anyway. Cost cutting, job losses, and exorbitant rises in public transport fares trying to compensate for lost revenues had a knock on effect, and people found other methods of transport that was more reliable and cheaper in the pocket.
Oh well, at least it was somewhere safe to walk the dog now.