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Old 07-19-2018, 06:21 PM   #5
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Went to the Amtrak station in Charleston, SC to drop my oldest brother off for an 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. SCL ran a parade of freights by ahead of the arrival of screaming F40PHs leading the Silver Meteor. I was so excited I could barely speak. My mother realized my enthusiasm, and suggested we get out my brother's Tyco set (it was a CBQ GP20) and run it (because he didn't). I ran it until it burned up, and asked if we could go back to the Amtrak station again. We did, and the rest is history.

The hobby slowed down a bit for me in college because I chose aviation as my career path and I mostly "plane foamed" at Orlando International during those years, but just as soon as flying became "a job" the trains came right back as a strong hobby and nice escape from work.
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