Meet the conductor of the Cardinal line from Baltimore to Chicago.Â Franklin loves trains.Â Heâ€™s been working for Amtrak since the company started, way back in the 70s.Â He expects to be riding the rails until the day he dies.Â What he loves most about working as a train conductor is meeting people. Each train ride fills the cars with new soul; every individual he meets has a story to tell.Â He could write a book about it.
Friend Franklin, the conductor, at Facebook.Â Heâ€™d love to get to know you.Â You can send him a friend request (which heâ€™ll happily accept) at the link below.
His favorite place to meet people is in the trainâ€™s lounge car.Â Why not join the conductor in the online lounge car: the official fan page of Tracks, a novel in stories?Â You can â€œlikeâ€ the lounge at the link below.
Get to know Franklin the Conductor at his Facebook page, the online Lounge Car, or by reading Tracks, a novel in stories.
Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.
Eric D. Goodman, Books Correspondent
Eric's column, Lit Bit, is published every week to Gather Essentials: Books.Â Featuring bits on writing, writers, books, and literature, Lit Bit will fulfill your literary longings.
Eric is a full-time writer and editor.Â His work has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Review, Writers Weekly, The Arabesques Review, The Pedestal Magazine, The Potomac, JMWW, Freshly Squeezed, Scribble, Slow Trains, Whatever Literary Journal, Smile Hon Youâ€™re In Baltimore, Read Street, On Stage Magazine, Four-Cornered Universe, To Be Read Aloud, Neck of My Guitar, Travel Insights, Coloquio, and New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers.
Learn about Eric's full-color, hardcover childrens' book Flightless Goose.
Listen to Eric read the following stories on The Signal, a program on the Baltimore-DC NPR station, WYPR: