When I think about railroads I see my cousin Ed walking on the tracks, in Suffern. His dog smelling around, not too far from him.
I think about trains, and the sounds of trains, whistling in the night. It's a lonesome sound... And the people riding in the cars, often solitary themselves, with bags or business by thier side.
Railroads bring to mind traveling circuses, and scenes from Water For Elephants - the book, not the movie. The cars carrying the performers and the ringmaster in the best cars, and the real behind the scenes workers sharing shabby quarters.
Railroads bring to mind photography, because I've seen so many photos of the rails.
The one that I have is of my cousin walking along with his dog.
(It's a scanned photo, very faded from years of age)