Results for - My Grandfathers and Trains
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My paternal grandfather had one of the first cars in his small town, and was the president of the local automobile club for decades. But he also had a great affection for trains.
1. During his retirement years, every day at the appointed time, Grandpa would drive to the local railroad tracks, park his car, and watch the train go by. Is this something you can relate to?
Yes, it sounds like fun to me.
Maybe, if my life were really dull.
Not my cup of tea, but if Grandpa enjoyed doing it, it's harmless.
No, I wouldn't find that enjoyable.
Grandpa sounds a bit odd.
2. Grandpa's father had an entirely different relationship with trains. When Grandpa was a young man, his father was killed crossing the railroad tracks. Great-grandpa was shepherding a herd of cows across the tracks when a train approached. Because of his fondness for his animals and desire to protect his livelihood, he kept trying to get his cows out of harm's way at the expense of his own life. The newspaper article shared morbid details of his death after being struck by the locomotive. Do you know anyway who was killed by a collision with a train?
Not that I can recall
3. Knowing that his father was killed by a train, I always thought Grandpa's enthusiasm for watching trains was unexpected. What do you think?
I don't see any conflict between his enjoying train-watching and his father being killed by a train.
He was able to distance himself from his father's death and not connect it to his hobby.
Maybe watching the trains made him feel closer to his father.
Maybe he didn't like his father very much..
Maybe Grandpa was not a very sensitive guy.
His father's death happened decades earlier, and it was no longer painful to him.
He was very pragmatic and didn't blame the trains for his father's death.
I can't speculate about what your grandfather was thinking.
08/24/2022 Family 2337 46 By: sylviefb