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So Run the Days Away

The busiest train bridge in America is an unassuming iron swing bridge that spans the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio, rather modestly called the NS South. At almost any time of day you’ll see a procession of freight trains trundling abacus like across it, heading east...

Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train Has Hauled It Away

At the end of a pier in Sandusky, Ohio the Norfolk and Southern Coal Company’s load rig perches on the seawall like a steam-punk gargoyle, regurgitating a steady torrent of carbonized rock from its gaping maw into the bellies of waiting freighters.  It...

Rider to the Sea – Part 1

In 1988 my family moved to the island of Malta.  In the late eighties and early nineties it was not the cosmopolitan place it is today, reeling as it was from years of near-socialist rule, corruption, and the usual chaos that post-colonial countries find...