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Reader questions lack of coverage on train

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.

            Low and 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 regular event?

            Where does it come from?

            Where does it go?

            How do you get on board?

            Most of all, how did so many people know it was coming?

            The response I got was NO ONE KNEW ANYTHING.

            On Friday, 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.

            In my 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.

 

Barry Breland

Newport

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