Greenville Train Chasers

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844, photo courtesy Union Pacific.

A traffic headache for many Greenville drivers is about to get some relief. That's because trains won't be stopping at the city's railroad switching yard for much longer.

It's a stop that causes major traffic back-ups on busy streets like Arlington Boulevard.

But for one 3 year old boy and his grandfather the change is a nightmare.

Several times a week Bob Clyde and Tyler jump in their pick-up truck and chase trains.

It's an activity they love doing together.

Most driver's cringe when they get stuck at a rail-road crossing, but not Tyler and Bob..sometimes they sing songs, or even jump out and play the harmonica.

In the past trains have had to stop at the switching yard to detach cars, but a connector track is being built so trains can switch directions more easily.

That's supposed to cut way down on traffic delays but at the same time will also cut down on this duo's fun.

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  • by Tim Location: Greensboro on Aug 16, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    This dude Bob Clyde is da bomb. What a fun grandpa.
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Feb 20, 2010 at 04:05 AM
    My 3 year old grandson Hayden enjoyed watching the train switching at the Arlington Blvd. too. He is too fascinated with trains that he can watch Polar Express over and over again and can sing all the songs in this movie. His parents have a hard time convincing him to go back home when ready for pick up.
  • by Kent Location: Lanham, MD on Feb 15, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    What fun! Keep it up and never stop being a kid.
  • by Michelle Location: Stuarts Draft on Feb 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM
    Awesome story! Bob, you are a fine grandpa - your grandson is one lucky boy!!
  • by Barbara Location: Raleigh on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    I love reading about Bob and learning what a great grandpa he is....of course, I am not surprised. We are all honored to be a member of his greater family.
  • by Joe Location: Chapel Hill on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    It's always fun to hear/read/see what Clyde is up to each day. It's one of the few times someone has not only caught him in the act but been able to tell the story with humor, truth and insight.
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    This is classic; leave it to Bob to bring adventure to everything!! Thanks so much for sharing this story!
  • by debra Location: kinston on Feb 12, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    GO GRANDPA !!!!
  • by Jane Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    I commend you grandfather...for giving a child the most important thing they can get - quality time with a loved one. That is something that all of our children could use.
  • by Nessa Location: New Bern on Feb 11, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    Just like one of my fellow BSU friends stated, this is so Bob! I can only imagine the adventures beyond train chasing Tyler and his grandpa are having!

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