Riding the Train

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Lying awake in bed on a sultry summer night

A boy listens to moving trains out of his sight

Dreaming of riding a passenger train is a thrill

The North Coast Limited quickly travels at will

Riding the Northern Pacific Railway’s pride and joy

My Dad takes me on a train trip at last—oh boy! 

Sitting together in one of the coach cars is so much fun

We experience all that connects a father with his son

Shuffling down the aisle, a steward offers food

A restaurant in Glendive awaits our hungry mood

Making its journey to Montana’s “Gateway City” today

The train passes by many small towns along the way

Flashing quickly by—Custer, Hathaway, and Terry

The North Coast Limited acts as our trusted ferry

Feeling the safe and rocking motion of the train

My eyes soon close, and my Dad’s do the same

Waking up as the half-filled train comes to a gradual halt

We look out the window—the town of Forsyth is at fault

Picking up steam, the trip continues on its way to the East

A river runs alongside as the train powers up like a beast

Finishing this exciting journey and reaching our destination

Glendive will serve as today’s final Montana train station

Accompanying my Dad as he takes care of his affairs

We enjoy dinner and stay overnight without any cares

Returning back to Billings the very next morn

I believe that train travel should be my norm

Sitting in the cozy dining car, we are treated quite well

The elegantly set table makes my pancakes taste swell

Moving up to the observation car, we enjoy a most beautiful view

The Yellowstone River flows in a channel never straight and true

Hurtling past more towns—Rosebud and Fallon go past

It’s too bad that our captivating journey cannot last

Remembering again those images and sounds of the train

Memories of the North Coast Limited will always remain

I actually made this trip with my father back in the late 1960s.  Read more about the Northern Pacific Railway’s amazing passenger service from North Coast Limited.

 

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