The rain was so heavy I could hardly make out the approaching train, however I noticed something distinctly odd about it. Every year during the holidays, I have taken the train from the minuscule town of Marble to Denver to visit my parents, and each year I have been stuck on some decrepit, ancient Amtrak train from the 1990’s. The trains screeching to a halt before me was a bright green coal-engine locomotive that resembled something of a child’s toy. This unusual spectacle made me hesitant to board the train, but at this point I did not have much of an option.
I practically jumped through the cabin door and plopped down in the nearest seat. In the compartment across from me sat an elderly couple talking quietly in what sounded like a Russian accent. I could only make out a few phrases of their conversation over the roar of the train, but from what I heard I could infer that the couple lived in Russia during the Cold War and had si...
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