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I grew up in London, and when my sister was about 4 or 5 my mum said we were going to the underground and my sister cried because she thought we would never come up again.
I thought that if a train derailed that it would keep going no matter what direction. So at night everytime I heard a train, I would pray it wouldn't derail and come through my bedrooom. We didn't even live very close to ant tracks.
Living in Chicago means riding on the "L" train. One of the stops was for a street called California and I thought it really WAS California. The only thing I didn't understand was wht we skipped all those states in between.
I used to believe that St Pancras station was actually St Pancreas. It wasn't until I was corrected - at age 21 - that I realised what I was saying...
When I was a little kid I had to cross a railroad track when walking to and from school. My mom told me that I would be sucked underneath the train if I got too close to the tracks. Probably her way of trying to protect me from the fast moving freight trains. But to this day I freak if we're driving in a car and I hear the train whistle and the red lights go off and we're about to cross the tracks!!
I believed that people riding diesel locomotives (as opposed to steam or electric) were notorious for fighting with each other. I have no idea where this notion came from.
I used to believe that when you went over railway crossings, and did not lift your feet from the floor, they would be cut off
I used to think the Underground Railroad was literally a railroad, much like an expansive subway system, ferrying people from the South to Ohio and Canada in large trains. I would wonder for hours how they kept the trains so silent that no one would notice them running underneath their houses.
Next to the Tamar road bridge between Plymouth and Cornwall is the railway bridge, built by I.K. Brunel, and it has an unusual tube-like structure along the top. I used to think that the trains went inside this tube, and had to jump down onto the track at thend.
As a South London child, going on the Tube was a treat - I used to read the station names on the Northern Line map and believed that space rockets took off from Euston.
if your feet are on the ground when a train goes by you get "the lurgy"