You would know there was a train coming not by the rail crossing sign (yah right) or by those levers that would stop the traffic and go ding ding ding (ha?) or by the flashing red signals, no; you would know a train is coming by it going TOOT TOOT TOOT.
As soon as the train approaches the traffic stops by a miracle , the kids playing on the tracks would get off the tracks and move out of the way and the women collecting khobezeh would move away from the track because God knows why the khobezeh grows there, the cars would stop maybe not even 1 foot away from the train and honk in a celebratory tune, then all the kids would run after it screaming “قطار….. قطار” because the word train is not even in their vocabulary.
I am amazed that there are not a lot of injures/accidents from the train.
But , as I always have , there is a story my Mom told me about my uncles experience with the train:
All the boys in the neighborhood would wait for sooo long for the train to pass since it only passes maybe once or twice a month so all the little boys would bring metallic objects to experiment by putting them on the train track “سكة” and wait till the train passes and see how it flattens the object.
My Uncle ,I think was 6 or something at the time , most probably younger, had brought 5 piasters” شلن ” and placed it on the train track to flatten. As the train approached apparently my uncle ,who kinda loves money, was regretting his decision because as you know 5 piasters back then would get you lots of stuff and when he ran to get his ” شلن ” back the train hit him on the head.
All the kids came running to my Grandmas house screaming that it had hit my uncle so my Mom ,who was standing on the porch, looked over to see her brother laying on the ground with his head covered with blood. She ran over to check him and freaked out to see that my uncle had lost his consciousness because of the impact to his head.
After a couple of minutes my uncle started waking up. My Mom was mortified and was asking him if he was OK.
And what was the first thing that came out of his mouth?