“Old dogs, children and watermelon wine,” was a Tom T. Hall country music hit a few years ago. “Old tractors, mules and baptizing babies,” defines elder statesman Gene Corrigan in his later years.
In younger years it was the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado where you could find this railroad enthusiast. That was before an animal retired him from that heavenly job.
Corrigan is a versatile man of 84 who might have been a monk, Catholic priest, citrus grower or lifetime railroad man if God had ordained such.
Today, north of La Pryor on his dry-land grain farm where he has lived for the past 47 years, he longs for the mountains of Colorado during the summertime and dreams of the 28 years of braking for the railroad.
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