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Pulling Into The Old Train Station In 1957

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Pulling Into The Old Train Station In 1957

It had been a long train ride for me then and it had been fun
I was coming home after Marine Corps training was finished and my tour had just begun
So I had thirty days of leave to enjoy before I had to report for duty
And this train ride home for me was just perfect to relax and enjoy the extreme beauty
I boarded this train called "The El Capitan" a streamliner fully equiped for joy and ease
In Los Angeles on that early November morning, full of good feelings and very pleased
The scenery was fantastic throughout the entire trip as I watched from the upper dome
It was a special car for observing with tables to play cards or eat as we hurried on home
The landscape was ever changing and so many times I was fantastically in awe
The mountains and the desert and the flat lands and the crops so much I still recall
The old train stations where we stoped for a short time to let people off and on
And the complete aura of it all including the pipe smoke, cigars, fragrances cologne
The scenes were a wonder and the people were quite varried and seemed jolly
My trip came to an end, we pulled into the old Union Station in Kansas City, " by golly"
And my folks were there to greet me and we hugged and cried and loved and went home
And it was a perfect ending to my trip that I had enjoyed so much in that  dome

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  1. Date: 11/6/2011 8:40:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your story, in the canvass of your mind it is still fresh, I can see by the way you lovingly put it out there for us to enjoy. Hugs, Vie

    Gooch Avatar James Gooch
    Date: 11/17/2011 6:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Vie for your comments... very much appreciated and I was slow getting back to you in a proper thank you....was ill recently..... But I enjoy and value highly your comments.......Hugs......James
  1. Date: 11/6/2011 6:12:00 AM
    El Capitan is always a great ride, but add to it the return home after duty in the USMC; heavenly. All these years later your happiness still comes through your lines.

    Gooch Avatar James Gooch
    Date: 11/6/2011 7:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you John... Sounds like you are familliar with that great train. Have a nice weekend.........Jim