January 11, 2021

Railroad Salvage



down a country road from a country road
an old wooden barn looking building

metal front door uneven floor

dented cans no real floor plan

a mishmash of miscellany

courtesy of Penn Central, Milwaukee Road

a hundred other companies boxcars

horrid clothes even the poor didn’t want

did find a pair of blue jeans once

furniture scratched and broken

300 pound dressers with chipped edges 

nightmare nightstands, crooked shelving, dinette sets with 3 chairs

picnic tables with benches guaranteed to put splinters in your ass

you buy it - you haul it, no delivery jack

stereos with ripped speakers

records with scratches

rugs, drapes, even some toys but nothing I played with

railroad salvage sometimes looking more like landfill salvage

knick knacks all knocked around

oddball merchandise to be found

sposed to be damaged while shipping on the train

some looks run over by the train

this is where the poorer people shopped

or people like us that found out about this place on the sly

grandpa knew about this place

he used to work for the railroad back when a lot of men did



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