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“Best Seats in the House”
20" x 30", Acrylic on Canvas, 2009
Private Collection

It was the post war 1940s and rural communities still largely relied on railroads for connection to the rest of the
country. Trains with churning rods, chuffing exhausts, billowing smoke, hissing steam and soulful whistles
fascinated both young and old. Children and adults sometimes visited train depots as a diversion. On this early
fall day six young visitors and a canine friend find plenty of action at the Soo Line depot in Kensal, ND. There is a
way freight being switched, a westbound passenger train arriving, a momentary conflict between an iron horse
and a local horse over whistle noise and the kids and dog have the best seats in the house.
Copyright © David A. Oram