137. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, you are on the train to…

“Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, you are on the train to…”

There was a pause. The train conductor for the love of God could not remember the destination. He made another attempt.

“This is the train to…”

But again, no destination. In the carriages the passengers were starting to chuckle.

Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Cologne, Vienna. None of them sounded right. Looking out of the window didn’t help either, as the train was surrounded by a dense fog that veiled the surrounding landscapes.

“Well,” the conductor finally said. “We’ll just see where our journey takes us, shall we?”

Train 4523 was never heard of again. It just… disappeared.

Some say it now roams the Earth, perpetually shrouded in mist, without ever stopping, chugging merrily along, its plight uncertain till the conductor recalls its final destination.

I for one hope he never does.

Because what better destination is there than our own imagination?



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13 thoughts on “137. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, you are on the train to…

  1. mikesteeden says:

    That happens to me most days! Sound read!

  2. zookyworld says:

    Neat, Twilight Zone-esque story. I just hope there’s good food to be had on Train 4523 for those passengers in limbo.

  3. kaisywmills says:

    Very cool… a nice “escape” for the day! 🙂

  4. theinnerzone says:

    Is 4523 of any significance here? Just curious. Great vignette,btw!

  5. I bet after a certain point the passengers were no longer chuckling! Great story premise!

  6. Jerry B. says:

    I was on a train a couple days ago. This story was very visual for me because of the freshness of my experience. I enjoyed the imagery and the premise. Thank you.
    -Jerry B

  7. Ettemeyer says:

    Sounds like purgatory to me…endless waiting and not knowing where you’ll end up – I must be riding on it then.

  8. This is how I feel, floundering in the midst of writing a novel. That, though, is really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

  9. miguelalex888 says:

    Riding off to an unknown place…
    Great piece.


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