I’m not sure exactly how long the railroad has been a fixture in Marshall, but I know we can hear the train several times a week from our house. The whistle of the locomotive is unmistakable. Some days we can hear it louder than others. Sometimes I can even hear it around 5 a.m.
I actually think living in a town with a railroad track is pretty FUN! I enjoy seeing the railroad crossing signs when we drive around town, and the sight of the old, dusty railroad ties sometimes feeds my (overactive) imagination.
Where is the next train coming from?
What is this train carrying?
How long have these train cars been operating?
Why does the train stop sometimes by that new grain elevator north of town?
My husband and my son love, love, LOVE trains! We watch steam train videos and love seeing pictures of old trains from the 20th century. What a great idea those train inventors had, and what a fun machine the train is!
I guess that’s why we also love selling model trains in our hobby shop. The vibrant colors of all the different train cars combine to create something really beautiful. With some scenery props and some glue, you can put together a realistic nature layout in a matter of hours, depending upon how much detail you want it to have. My favorite layouts are those with lots of trees and rocks, and I especially love fall layouts that feature lots of different autumn colors.
The trees in Marshall are BEAUTIFUL in the fall! If you drive from Marshall to Columbia, or even to Jefferson City as the leaves are changing, I think you can see some of the most beautiful fall scenery in the state. Limestone cliffs, riverbeds, and the oranges, yellows, and reds that paint the tree leaves make the whole landscape come to life as if it were on fire with color.
There is a spot on Highway 240 northeast of Marshall where if you catch it at the right moment, you can sometimes see the Kansas City Southern as it’s coming into town below the bridge. It’s not just the train that catches my eye, but the leaves on the trees as I look down. How LONG have those trees been watching that train come into town? The answer is – a lot longer than I have. That’s fun to ponder.
I can’t help but get excited about trains in the fall. Maybe it’s just me, but since yesterday was the official first day of fall, I am thinking about trains more and more.
What do you love about fall?
Thanks for stopping by! I'm a student turned teacher turned writer turned part-time tutor, postcard hobbyist, and landscape photograph enthusiast. I have zero formal training in photography, but I love the art of visual documentation. I lived the first 30 years of my life in Oklahoma until I made a major life change (long story and I'd love to tell it sometime!), met my husband, moved to Marshall, and became a bonafide Missourian. My husband Derick owns our hobby shop, and we have a 2-year old son Rafe who loves just about everything these days (except spinach). If you ever see me around town with a camera pointed at a sunset, please say hi. I'd love to be friends. :)