Dash Between" for the late Warren Powelson, a retired freight train conductor, was published in the Dec. 5, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
Writing about Mr. P stirred memories of my own childhood, when my dad, who had worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, used to take me to the railroad tracks to wave at the guy in the caboose in the 1950s.
I think most people of my generation were taught to pay their respects to the caboose and the railroaders inside it. What a thrill when the trainmen waved back!
Click here to read about the Dash Between June 11, 1916, when Warren Powelson was born in Amsterdam, Ohio, and Oct. 11, 2010, when he died at age 94.