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Sunny, hot, humid, summer morning, taking my first train ride I'm so excited and it's thrilling can't wait to go north where it's cool to stay with my grandpa and grandma. Ma and pa say I'm old enough to go by myself, I'm in awe dressed in my Sunday outfit, crinoline, and my fine bonnet decorated with ribbon and blooms I watch with my pack. Passengers restlessly anxious waiting with me at the depot for the train to come up the track. Buck boards and horses with their riders running by dust clouds form, covering everything with dust, I sigh. Making us use our handkerchiefs as we cough and pace beads of perspiration causing tiny streams down my brow and face leaving thin streaks in the brown dust. A great swell of the blackest charcoal smoke billowing smokestack, whistle blowing steel wheels against the rail cause a braking, screeching, vibrating sound; locomotive coming up the rails in to view, like a charging black rhino. A massive moving machine, a fantastic sight to take in, to carry me off to places I have never been. Conductor howlers, “All aboard!" As we stand, at the depot. I hurry to sit in the hard-wooden seat by the window. The conductor in a black uniform and hat, usher and walks up the aisle of seats to check everyone's ticket to see if it's in order. We finally start with a jerking move, whistle blows, smokestacks start billowing with the circling gray, black smoke. Staring out the window for hours at the scenery of the outside world as it passes by prairies, telegraph poles look like pick fence, buffaloes grazing on the way. Smoke starts coming in through the windows, settling all over, and pollute getting my Sunday dress black with soot. Conductor routinely came around checking for sparks that flew in among the passenger and started small fires. It's an uncomfortable experience, every bone in my body aches from the hard-wooden seats, every bump and sway of the train. Beds are a little more accommodating, wooden shelves stack one atop of another. The swaying of the train lulls me to sleep dreaming of the things I will see and do. Cannot wait for this journey to come to an end so, I can get off this miserable, filthy, harsh riding, train to a warm bath, and grandma's cooking, with a comfortable chair, and feather bed. 1/12/2015
Contest: Railway Journeys Sponsor: Shadow Hamilton Contest Winner Medal 1st place - My First Steam Engine Train Ride

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Date: 6/24/2016 5:13:00 PM
What a pleasure it has been to read this beautiful poem again, Eve! Congratulations on a much deserved win! Regards & Hugs // paul
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Date: 6/20/2016 7:51:00 AM
Hi Eve, I remember this poem and I am back to congratulate you again on your fine placement in this contest for this amazing poem! Nicely written! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 6/19/2016 12:14:00 AM
Congrats Eve...well done. Pic and write perfect!
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Date: 6/18/2016 2:30:00 PM
Eve, perfectly expressed...congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Date: 6/18/2016 3:32:00 PM
thank you, thank you, laura, I am blessed today. Hugs Eve
Date: 2/1/2015 1:55:00 PM
LOVE THE PIC EVE,, CONGRATULATIONS on your RAILWAY JOURNEY win *ALWAYS* SKAT
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Date: 2/1/2015 2:30:00 PM
Thank you, Skat, for your compliment. xoxo eve
Date: 1/29/2015 6:34:00 PM
Eve, EPIC story and winner.. Congrats on first place!
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Date: 1/29/2015 10:46:00 PM
Thank you, Dave, for your wonderful compliment. I really enjoyed doing this poem.
Date: 1/26/2015 10:30:00 AM
The topper hahaha Eve,evergreen ever great.You are a gem. I love you soooo much. Wonder lady. God bless you and your family. Your friend Rajat
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Date: 1/26/2015 10:57:00 AM
Rajat, I am so glad you're in my life, like my husband you’re so inspiring. Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment. Blessing and hugs to you Sir and your family Eve
Date: 1/26/2015 6:03:00 AM
Wonderful journey, enjoyed it... congrats on your well deserved win... hugs,nad! #7
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Date: 1/26/2015 8:27:00 AM
Thank you, Nad, for your inspiring compliment. Your poem was wonderful. Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 11:53:00 PM
Beautiful story done on the old railway journey, congrats on the win
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Date: 1/26/2015 8:25:00 AM
Thank you, Dr. Ram Mehta, for your compliment. Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 6:49:00 PM
Hi Eve, Epic poem, epic story, epic win. Good for you. Congratulations. Have an enjoyable day. Earl
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Date: 1/25/2015 7:09:00 PM
Thank you,Earl; for your inspiring compliment, yours was a brilliant story too, congratulations on your win. Blessings eve Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 5:25:00 PM
What a wonderful story this is ! As if reading a novel, a story I never want to end! :) Congratulations to you, Eve!
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Date: 1/25/2015 7:05:00 PM
Thank you, Carrie; yours was a wonderful story also, congratulations on your win. Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 3:59:00 PM
Congrats on a great win Eve
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Date: 1/25/2015 7:00:00 PM
Thank you, Joseph; you are always for supporting me. Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 3:50:00 PM
Hi Eve, stopping back to congratulate you on your top win! I knew from the beginning it would be at the top. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 1/25/2015 6:56:00 PM
Thank you, Sandra; like I wrote Jan, my mouth is still on the floor. I am a novice to the entire professional poets here. Bless you dear friend eve
Date: 1/25/2015 3:37:00 PM
Dropping back with my congrats Eve: - you hit the top spot woohoooooooo -) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/25/2015 6:53:00 PM
Jan,thank you, my mouth is still on the floor. Bless you dear friend eve
Date: 1/25/2015 1:58:00 PM
Congrats!
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Date: 1/25/2015 2:46:00 PM
Thank you, Meg, congratulations on your win. Blessings eve
Date: 1/25/2015 1:25:00 PM
congrats on placing 1st in my contest Eve with your poem a great pen hugs
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Date: 1/22/2015 8:55:00 AM
Eve, I love your poem! What a wonderful ride you describe with so many details so nicely written. I know you will do so well in the contest with this! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 1/22/2015 12:04:00 PM
Thank you, Sandra, for your inspiring compliment. Blessings Eve
Date: 1/17/2015 4:44:00 PM
This brings back memories for me Eve! Your descriptive powers reveal many lovely memories hidden away in your mind. I too loved grandma's cooking...and cuddles!:) #7 hugs // paul
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Date: 1/17/2015 7:06:00 PM
Thank you, Paul, I do miss grandma's cooking and her cuddles :( Blessings dear friend eve
Date: 1/13/2015 11:30:00 PM
Wow what a ride...I was thinking something more romantic didn't know how those trains really were...hugs Tim
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Date: 1/17/2015 7:08:00 PM
Tim, you need to write one with the romantic twist. I would love to read it. Blessings dear friend eve
Date: 1/13/2015 1:10:00 PM
Good luck in the contest, you have an excellent chance after I read this one, cheri
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Date: 1/13/2015 2:28:00 PM
Thank you, Cherl, for your encouraging words. I love your story poems, they are just wonderful. Blessings
Date: 1/13/2015 12:14:00 PM
Beautiful memories of the past train journey. Beautifully done. Good luck in the contest. i feel 7 here. Loved always, my lovely friend,bl
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Date: 1/13/2015 12:27:00 PM
Thank you so much Mr. B.L. Devnath, for you kind word and 7 Blessings and a wonderful life
Date: 1/13/2015 8:10:00 AM
- Really pleasant memories - A delight to read ... a joy to join you on your journey - Thank you dear Eve, I enjoy your story - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/13/2015 8:14:00 AM
Thank you, Anne-Lise, for your compliment. I’m pleased I brought good memories. Blessings dear friend and have a nice week
Date: 1/12/2015 6:36:00 PM
LOL what a wonderful memory & entry & a surprise ending too! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Date: 1/12/2015 7:18:00 PM
Thank you, Debbie, for your wonderful compliment. Blessings and hugs eve
Date: 1/12/2015 12:23:00 PM
this brings me joy.. how descriptive and fun can steam train trip be,eve.. huggs
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Date: 1/12/2015 1:09:00 PM
Thank you, Nette, I'm glad you enjoyed the bumpy ride. Blessings and hugs my dear friend
Date: 1/12/2015 11:40:00 AM
WE still have steam trains here on our little Island Eve - great imagery I enjoyed going along for the ride - good luck:-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/12/2015 1:07:00 PM
Thank you, Jan, for enjoying the ride. I was 15 when I took my first train ride. Blessings and hugs dear friend
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