Sometimes old technology still works, but it has had its day and it isn't needed anymore.
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional
(Richard Weisser Realty)
When I was a lad, I loved trains. My brothers and I would go to the park down the street that bordered the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. We would find a good spot to watch the trains go by. We would wave to the engineer in the front, and then waited for the end of the train and the caboose. On a good day we would get a friendly wave from the conductor riding in the steel shanty at the rear of the train. Every freight train ended with a caboose. It was always the last car, and it carried the conductor and a brakeman, who watched the train from the rear and made sure that all was well from that perspective. The conductor also did reports in the caboose as the train went on its way to the next destination. When the train was stopped, the brakeman would walk back down the track with a lante...