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View from the Train
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Life goes on.  After a long absence, June was back on the 5:10 a.m. from Port Jervis to the city. We regulars asked where her husband Pat was. June’s face was twisted as she spoke the … more
The beauty of the fall here in the Upper Delaware Valley is undeniable, and we will have only a short time left to absorb the pallet of colors that surrounds us. As a student of art, I was always … more
We happen to be blessed living in the Upper Delaware Valley; just the scenery alone can take your breath away. Each summer, our population practically triples when the visitors come to our majestic … more
Many of us on the Port Jervis line end our commute in New York at Pennsylvania Station or, as we call it, Penn. Penn Station serves more than 600,000 commuters a day from a combination of Amtrak, … more
Summer is officially upon us, we can tell from the crowds on the Port Jervis trains and the traffic on the roads. When and if the weather cooperates, we all benefit. A typical Friday holiday evening … more
Working in New York City and living in the Upper Delaware River Valley has its own set of challenges. We commuters usually have a routine that helps us get out of the door in the morning—at … more
I can see my breath in the crisp air, trying to blow smoke circles to no avail. With the collar of my winter coat folded up, protecting me from the wind that is blowing this morning, I’m … more
We are as dark as the night. We move slowly through this winter chill. We were warned that going north would be cold, but our bones never expected this. Even as we huddle together, arms crossed, … more
… so good, as the saying goes. The year has been good to us commuters, trains have heat, snow hasn’t caused any real major delays and the commutes have been relatively uneventful. The … more
My neighbor Joe recently posted a photo of himself in his Lawnsmith shirt, wearing a red bandana and his train engineer’s hat,  admiring a display of Lionel trains running under his … more
When cooking in the kitchen at this time of the year, everything sounds and tastes better if you say it with a French accent. When my kids were younger, they preferred the voice of the Swedish Chef … more
My truck was at the mechanic, which was about a mile from the train station, not a bad walk at all. It was pouring, and I had foolishly turned down a ride from a friend on the train, thinking my rain … more
I recently met some old grammar school friends in Jim Thorpe, PA for a tour of the town and a possible rail trip along the scenic Lehigh Gorge. Our friend “Pocono Bob” lives there, and … more
As I was walking up from the train in Penn Station, I was greeted by conductor Mike from one of my evening trains. Mike said “Tom, don’t look down when you walk, hold your head up proud … more
Oh what a sight, oh what a thrill, the shouts of joy, the jubilation of the moment, the beauty of the bride! Just as the doors were about to close at the Hoboken station, the breathless beauty … more
Bang! Boom! Smash! The loud racket at the front of the train car broke the tranquility of my staring peacefully out the window. It seemed that one of the duffel bags had rolled off the overhead rack, … more
Their noses leave a ghost impression as they press against the window of the train. Others scurry across the aisle to catch a glimpse, if only for a fleeting moment. The “oohs and ahha” … more
Relentless spring, we are joyful in your persistence as you battled for your time on earth over dreaded winter. You arrived early, over a month ago. The arctic beast still had its claws in deep, … more
The “Rite of Spring” is a ballet by Stravinsky, but on the Port Jervis train, the rite of spring refers to opening day of trout season here in New York. Much like the original performance … more
Winter nights are understandably cold, sometimes even bitter cold. Yet on those bitter-cold nights when the sky is clear, the universe opens up to us in its glory. A holiday gift of a star chart … more
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