While watching trains in Mineola, Texas, Clyde Smith, President of YourToyTrains- a leading Model Trains online store, met Mr. and Mrs. Doug Franklin. The Franklins were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Mr. Franklin had hired on with the Missouri Pacific in North Little Rock, AR, in 1969. At some point in his 34 year career he relocated to Mineola and worked as an Extra Board Engineer for the Texas & Pacific Railway. T&P was subsequently combined with MP. He made a remark I used in my teaching career: "They could pay me a lot less and I would still do this job, but I won't tell them! I love my work!" He could even remember, I think he said it was1986 when the first train ran through Mineola without a caboose. Such wonderful folks.