|Published: 6:44 PM, 11/29/2013
||Last updated: 6:45 PM, 11/29/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
On Saturday, November 16th, around 8:30 a.m. I
happened to be in town on an errand. As I came down the back way beside the
railroad tracks, I observed well over 100 people standing around on their
pickup trucks and vans, most with cameras, some on tripods. My curiosity got
the best of me and nearing the courthouse I stopped and asked a young couple
what was going on. They informed me ďthe train is coming.Ē Nearing Food City I
pulled over and stopped watching the tracks. In about 5 minutes there was a
loud clanging and blowing of the train whistle.
behold around the bend came this old-fashioned steam locomotive pulling about 9
cars all filled with people waving at the onlookers. The steam was bellowing,
the bell was ringing and the air was filled with massive columns of smoke. A
truly unforgettable sight.
I went into
Food City, did my business, and asked some of the help if they had any
information about the train.
Is this a
it come from?
How do you
get on board?
all, how did so many people know it was coming?
response I got was NO ONE KNEW ANYTHING.
November 22nd, I could not take it any longer. I had to get to the
bottom of this. I made a trip into town and headed for the only place to get my
answers, The Plain Talk newspaper. Three very nice young ladies were at the
front desk area, and I asked them my questions. The answer I got was beyond my
conception. NO ONE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE TRAIN.
simple mind I cannot understand how a local newspaper has no knowledge of an
event such as this, yet they tell me each week about a small pot of pansies
received by friends, or a victimsí tree remembrance in Sevierville. Maybe itís
meóbut I donít understand.
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