Trains in the Portland, Oregon area...
|The silver train car: Willamette and Pacific Railroad|
|The Western Pacific Railroad|
|Empire Builder: the train than runs from Chicago, Illinois to the Pacific Northwest|
|When I hear a train go wailing by in Portland, I am instantly connected to the trains I have heard in the distance|
in all the places I have lived and visited in America.
Whether it comes from the empty train cars that have been slept in by wandering souls, or from the air conditioned train cars that have been sat in by people watching the landscape change from one coast to another, trains are familiar with the weight of the human experience. Because trains are always moving through the dawn, and dusk, and all hours in between, they have an intimate understanding of time and space.
Whether we watch the landscape moving through glass, or whether we feel it come alive as the wind blows on our face, and whether we are thinking of some schedule that we must be on time for, or whether we are letting ourselves just be, one way or another we are all transients.
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