“I’ve lived in Columbus all my life,” says 92-year-old Robert Brown. He is sharply dressed and wearing a conductor’s hat. “This is an official punch.”
Robert volunteered his time for two days at the Indiana Bicentennial Train’s Columbus stop. “I thought I could help with the train and give people a little knowledge,” he says. “I like meeting people and making them happy.”
And Robert likes telling stories. One interesting anecdote: When he started work in 1941, the trains pulled chapel cars to rural areas without churches, dropping them off and picking them up.
When Robert called to volunteer for the train, he was asked what he wanted to do. “I said I want to be with the people,” he says. “I’ve made a lot of friends on the railroad.” And he keeps making friends. “It was so cool to meet the conductor guy!” says one young visitor. He even signed autographs.
The Indiana Bicentennial Train has one more stop in Bargersville this weekend. Admission is free, and hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
You never know who you might meet.
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