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Ride the rails at least once in your life

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Young people today, when you make up your bucket list, be sure to put in a train ride.

Transportation by train is a rarity today, and only on occasion do you stumble on a coal-fired engine.

I was a “gandy dancer” for the Northern Pacific Railroad during my high school career, working from 7-4 on Saturdays as part of their section crew.

My fascination with steam locomotives didn’t start then. I remember that, as a kid, whenever a train went through Palouse we would be down by the tracks to watch it. Sometimes the engineer would wave at us, making our day, and sometimes he would blow th...

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