Thousands of times a day an Amtrak train pulls into the station, passengers get off, passengers get on and the conductor gives the engineer a highball to move on to the next station.
It’s a ritual that has played out for more than four decades and more than a century if you go back to the era when railroads operated their own passenger trains.
There is nothing out of the ordinary about this moment in Mattoon, Illinois, involving the southbound Saluki.
The equipment on No. 391 will turn at Carbondale, Illinois, and return north as No. 392, the Illini. It will be the next train to play out this ritual on this platform today.
Tomorrow, it will play out again with a slightly different cast of characters.
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