Keeping a track of memories

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.

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Keeping a track of memories

  1. murisopsis says:

    We have several walking/biking paths that are former rail lines…

  2. Sadje says:

    A journey back into time. Love the nostalgic story

  3. Carol anne says:

    I loved your take Di! Well done! xo

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