Favorite locomotive, the 480
Every steam locomotive is unique, especially the way each one sounds when it is at rest. The 480, which happens to be my favorite anyway, is my favorite to stand next to in the rail yard. She is the only one that sounds to me like she is breathing, inhaling deeply, then breathing out with a sigh, and the only one who seems to have a heartbeat. At least it sounds that way to me. It’s been a few years since I rode in the train behind the 480 on the way to Silverton, CO, but maybe soon I will find myself there again. I hope so.