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County Road 12 - Train Man

In Enterprise, there's a man who's been working on the railroad "most" of his live-long days but, it's not exactly what you might think. Debbie Williams caught up with him somewhere out along County Road 12.

 "My dad worked on the Santa Fe railroad in Arizona from 53 years. Of course, I road trains and I went out to his work and they give me rides and stuff like that so I've got grease on my hands just like my dad did." Dan Harrison has a lot more than grease on his hands. "There are 340 feet plus of track." He's got a full-time job. You see the majority of his backyard is covered by a minature train track, complete with it's on town and depot. "I started right here with this curve. I've had trains in my house all my life. Matterof fact I have all ten of my trains that I recieved back in the forties and now I've got me, I've always wanted an outside railroad like you see here and I've got it." It took a while but now his whole backyard is a monument to his love of the railroad. "I'm really proud of the painted yellow over there it's Dan's Diner." "Do they have good hamburgers there?" "They have a great hamburgers. Greasy and good? Good for your heart." For Harrison, the trains are more than just a hobby. It represents a way of life that in a lot of ways has been forgotten. "The railroads played a vital part of us winning the second World War becasue we were able to get the people at that time were able to get the supplies to the east and west coast at a good rate of speed and supply our boys overseas." But if the truth be told, a lot of it has to do with a son making a father proud.  "I would love to show him." "I bet he's already seen it." "I'm sure he has." In Enterprise, Debbie Williams and photjournalist Darren Gilley, somewhere out along County Road 12.

 Harrison doesn't keep his massive train set to himself. He was recently part of a Christmas tour of home and he routinely invites school groups to come and tour his back yard railroad.

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