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  1. Reena Allen says:

    That train is amazing!

  2. Sheryl says:

    holy crap that’s amazing and well worth the trouble of flying to Japan! That car is SO beautiful – and that man was destined to be a train designer. The beautiful wooden handles might be my favorite part (after the kitties painted on the outside, of course) and the children’s area is nicer than most libraries! Just stunning! So glad you got to see this, thanks for sharing.

    • Emily says:

      Yeah, the wood was gorgeous. How long would it be before somebody tried to steal all that beautiful stuff, if that train were here though?

  3. Sheryl says:

    I know. It’s so sad that it’s that way. It makes me think of that expression “This is why we can’t have nice things” – most people don’t respect other people or objects. I can’t fathom how much $$$ the MTA would save if passengers didn’t do things like litter, graffiti, scratchiti and all the other vandalism that costs the MTA millions to clean up and repair. People aren’t taught to treat things with respect. They’re vile and the punishments aren’t harsh enough.

    • Emily says:

      Lol, exactly. “This is why we can’t have nice things.” I really have a love/hate relationship with graffiti though… the majority of it I see around and on the trains and stuff is horrendous. But when sitting on the train there are so many times we go past a place covered in graffiti that I think is beautiful, or absolutely brilliant. If I could, that would be another subject I’d love to go and photograph. But knowing my luck I’d only manage to get my ass arrested.

  4. Sheryl says:

    Actually I love a lot of graffiti and photograph it too. But I know that ‘scratchiti’ is super expensive to replace the glass or whatever they do. And the acts of just pure vandalism – breaking stuff for no reason – that’s the kind of stuff that agencies are forced to spend money on and the senselessness of it is what bothers me. If people acted civilized, there would be no need for that. And we could have clean, well functioning equipment as a result and $$ could go where it’s actually needed. But that will never happen. (Some) people are animals, though less trainable than their animal counterparts.

    • Emily says:

      Like Santa Claus Man, that was probably the guy that kicked in all the glass panels at my station around Christmas-time. He’s always drunk and loitering around the station. His house is right next to it, a two family place. The other family’s side is immaculate. His has peeling paint, and every single piece of glass at one time or another was kicked or punched in, and the gaping hole is covered up with plastic. Though perhaps the glass breakage was a coincidence.

      I think in general though, most people, whether they realize it or not, end up having to pay for other peoples’ stupidity.

  5. Cheryl says:

    That was a fabulous post, you gain knowledge of new stuff each day.

  6. Gina Anderson says:

    Very cool, is this the kitty cat now wearing a Metro North tie?

    • Emily says:

      Oh lookie who is commenting on my blog now :D
      I did give your tie, and the hat I made, but whether she ever wore it I do not know. Supposedly they were being delivered to the railroad office, along with my site’s “business” card. I got the cat’s business card in return. A cat with a business card, LOL.

  7. Josh Sheim says:

    That was a wonderful read, I just subscribed to your feed.

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