As a young boy, I loved trains to the extent that I constantly begged my parents for model railroad sets and accessories. I spent hours playing and dreaming of chugging off into the distance to a destination unknown. Fortunately, we had a major rail system running though the north end of town and I would be so eager to watch the trains with a seemingly endless string of cars glide by. It was a pretty awesome experience, every single time.
The track in these images is the same one that I used to watch trains pass over so many decades ago. Coming face to face with this CSX engine was awe-inspiring. A massive amount of steel designed to haul unimaginable loads over great distances. I felt that same excitement once again. A deeply appreciated deja vu.
Railroad tracks in the North End of Westfield, MA If you plan on visiting the area, be VERY careful around train tacks!