Train-ing Day

Waiting for things is never fun.  Waiting for something when it’s completely avoidable is a different level of never fun.

As wondrous as Niagara Falls is, there’s a part of it that I can’t seem to wrap my head around: The fact that trains run through the city at multiple points, despite available tracks that the trains could use to go around the city.

For their part, city council is trying to get the trains to stop going through the city, which is a good thing.  Because if you’ve ever been stuck waiting for a train to go through, even if you’re not in a total rush, you know the slight anger and frustration that can bubble in your brain.

Granted, living in Niagara we are born with a built in “I’ll just wait for it” mode, seeing as we’ve all at some point or another had to wait for a boat (or three) at a Welland Canal crossing.  Still, when you know the trains could be going around instead of through, it makes the wait to get milk that much more frustrating.

Cuts Like A KnifeAdd to that the fact that a train could be crossing Stanley, Thorold Stone, Portage, Drummond, Morrison, and Dorchester all around the same time, and teeth grinding grid-lock abounds.

Of course, if the train actually STOPS on the tracks (which has been known to occur) you’ve got a totally different problem on your hands.  Not to mention the tracks across Morrison are two blocks from a Fire Station.  Waiting to get milk is one thing, waiting for a fire truck…slightly more pressing.

If you don’t think it’s a big deal, 99% of the time, you’re right.  But just for fun, go ahead and watch this video from start to finish.  Stop what you’re doing, and just watch it.  It’s not long.  Unless, of course, you’re in the middle of something.



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