By Connor Thiessen
This past Tuesday, wayward passengers encountered a major delay in their wanderlust-fuelled endeavours, as the power went out during one of the routine trips to an undetermined destination on the public transit system known as the Midnight Train. One of the passengers that had boarded the train at the South Detroit station, Gerald Graham, commented, “I don’t know much about these things, seeing as I’m just a city boy, but I really hope we can get this thing moving.” Graham had boarded alone, but is now seen chatting it up with small-town girl Jolene Nixon.
Steve Perry, one of the workers operating the train at the time, had this to say on the matter: “I was just crossing into the lounge car, and when I opened the door, there was just a bunch of smoke. It didn’t mix well with the pre-existent smell of wine and cheap perfume.” According to Perry, the power outage was a result of a cooking error in the next car over. “I tried to get as many people out of there as I could, but I know I didn’t get everyone. If I had the chance, I’d give anything to roll those dice just one more time.”
The train ended up making a pit stop in Houston while repairs were made. In the meantime, the scene outside was one of confusion and disarray, with various strangers waiting up and down the boulevard. Some passengers ended up giving up on the journey altogether, their shadows searching in the night. In reaction to the ensuing chaos, Randy Jackson, the main operator of the train, urged passengers not to leave the station. “I know people are feeling as though these repairs are going on and on and on, but I’ve got a feeling that this will take no time to fix at all.” Jackson called over the intercom. “And I’m holding on to that feeling. So I hope that you folks won’t stop believing either.”