As I followed the Mountain Job (QAMC-04) up from Girardville towards Mount Carmel, I had known beforehand he would of have work in Locus Summit Yard just South of Locus Gap, PA, so while I waited, I decided to stage up in my car in town while I waited, I kindly ask this Gentleman where I should park out of courtesy (he seemed like the unofficial mayor)...not knowing what would occur after that......left me in amazement.
I got out to look at the scene, and this man struck up a conversation with me...now I thought I was about to get hollard at for invading their small mining town, nope, this man asked me why I like shooting the trains on such a cold day and in the middle of rural Mountain Country Pennsylvania.
So I explained...not knowing...this man has lived here before the RBMN day's before the CR Days....back when Reading Ran This Line, Locus Gap still had a Train Station, which he showed me a photo on his phone, including which if it was still standing a giant school off to my right hand behind the houses which is now a basketball court.
So I asked this man, how did you end up here, as he explained he moved here, now this is when it shocked me, it explained he was from Centralia, a place I've always been fascinated with. He was born there, before the mine fire, before they kicked out the the entire town, I sat here listening to this man talk for a good 30 minutes about how the entire mine fire changed his life and his entire family, he explained how when he came back from being Stationed in Korea he and his family didn't have their home anymore, they had to move here, I sat here and listened in pure amazement, not knowing beforehand I kindly asked where to park, turning into a amazing conversation, the one thing that I shockingly didn’t get, was his name...