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M

Y FATHER assures me I would
have been too young to remember or appreciate the historic
event, but, I'm confident the boy who
stayed home to tinker with model trains
did not take it well when his older brother
experienced the authentic grandeur as the
last train pulled out along the Allegheny
River, chugging downriver toward East
Brady, in the early 1980s.
I've always been fascinated with trains.
It runs in the family.
One rail line, which last carried a train
between New Wilmington and Sharpsville around 1930, cuts through our family
farm near Bethel. While the track at one
time was a major artery pumping our local
economy, it became yet another of the
Great Depression's many victims.
But these remnants of a different era
that still stake their claim to the property
never have been considered blemishes.
My grandfather fondly recalled pumping along the track on a handcar as a
youngster.
And as a licensed hunter, he'd soon
discover the railway held other wonders.
Eventually, he would pass this knowledge down the family tree.
Grandpa took his first buck in 1941
while hiking a stretch of Elk County railroad near Ridgway. The perfect 8-point
still hangs on the farmhouse mudroom's
wall, warmly welcoming guests as they
enter.
Later in Grandpa's life, farm chores
and children compelled him to stay home
instead of hunting deer in the big woods.
Instead, he took a stand after breakfast on
familiar ground along an old track where
workers once used mules to cart coal
to the main track. A 5-point buck soon
offered a clear shot and Grandpa's season

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promptly ended, leaving him plenty of
time for farm work, that day and beyond.
That 5-point would become the first of
what would be many deer harvested along
train tracks on the Nych property.
Dad, while looking like a conductor
in a flannel shirt with a handkerchief tied
around his neck, once connected with a
nice 8-point he caught running that same
coal track at daybreak, just like those
mules decades ago.
And in my college days, my own desire
to hunt deer along the track usually would
send me homeward bound after class,
even if I had to skip other activities.
One of my favorite stands overlooked
the old railroad bed, just where it started
uphill from a boulder-strewn creek bottom
intersected occasionally by steep ravines.
There, the track enters a dark section of
hardwoods and pines on a scenic stretch.
I recall one archery season chugged
along without a buck entering bow range,
even though I'd warmed the stand's seat
often and scrapes and rubs had been abundant along the track since late September.
By October's end, a blast of extreme
cold lifted my hopes for increased deer
activity. The formidable front persuaded
me to abandon the stealth of camouflage
for the warmth of wool.
It was the first and only time in my
archery hunting career I've been checkered in black and red. The only camouflage present was on my compound bow.
I hunkered into what I assumed would be
a long, cold sit.
Minutes into the hunt, three does sped
right down the middle of the icy track.
The deep grunt of a distant, but apparently trailing buck startled me as much
as it did the trio.
As it galloped into view, I first noticed
his massive size. He was a solid deer in
every sense of the word, and I couldn't
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