Charlotte to New York – Part III
travel log for a travel blog
The voice of the conductor booms over our train’s intercom. “Attention passengers! This is a sold out train. Please remove all bags, coats, hats and luggage from the empty seat next to you so that passengers coming onboard can have a seat. I repeat this is a sold out train, this is a sold out train!”
We are in Selma, North Carolina, population less than seven thousand, which hosts the “Selma Railroad Day” festival annually. The festival celebrates the railroad heritage of Selma, NC, including parades, music, vendors and food. Though as a young man I had negative experiences with the Klan in towns near to Selma I focus on the positive about this place. The red caboose that sits outside of the train station adds a little artistry to the place.
By the way, the seat next to me is totally empty. My luggage is stowed in the overhead. A little elderly lady approaches.
“Is that seat free?”, she asks.
I reply, “Yes, it is. Can I help you with your bags?”
“Thank you, would you?”
All bags stowed, both of us seated, she asks: “Where are you traveling to?”
“New York; and you?”
“Baltimore”, she replies…and a warm conversation begins.