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Back in my grad school days I was studying in New York and my boyfriend was upstate in Buffalo,  a good eight hour train ride away.

Many weekends I’d catch the train at the Harlem 125th Street station to make the trip.  Then one Friday afternoon I was waiting on the platform when the train stopped and a classmate I knew got off.  We were chatting when suddenly I realized the train had started moving again.

As it gained speed I began running along side,  waving my arms as my duffel bag flapped on my shoulder,  and shouting,  “PLEASE STOP THE TRAIN,  I HAVE TO GET TO BUFFALO!”

Apparently the conductor saw me and brought the train to a grinding halt.  I climbed aboard,  called out a loud  “THANK YOU!”,   and off we shuffled!

(For more about my life upstate see My Snowy Year in Buffalo)

Shuffle Off To Buffalo

Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!
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Comments

  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    You are very lucky that the conductor stopped that train!

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    Wow! They really stopped the train for you! That does sound like a blast from the past. Busses, yes, but trains….. I thought you might have to jump on the moving train like in the movies. Glad it worked out.

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Love the reference, Dana. And glad the conductor stopped. I was recently on an Acela and it stopped becasue, per the conductor, “the computer says we have a problem. So we need tro re-boot before we can move again.” What? I doubt whether “the computer” would have stopped for you.

  4. Marian says:

    You beat the odds and a moving train, Dana. Brava to you.

  5. Suzy says:

    Wow, what a great train story! Amazing (and very lucky) that the conductor saw you AND was willing to stop the train!

  6. Wow! I have an epitaph to propose for you:
    “Dab your wet eyes. From your ears remove the wax. For this soul, the train to Buffalo stopped in its tracks.”

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