Before the advent of playing Virtual Games and I-Pads reducing our entire life to an 8 by 11 video display, I can remember taking Sunday outings to the locomotive freight yard.

Far removed from that obnoxious train whistle that blows throughout the night here in Lufkin, the whistle sounds I grew up with signaled the arrival of 100 cars of what I thought then, was the coolest thing in life to do, ride with the "hobo's".  Yes, "hobo's" in the '60s and '70s, was as familiar as the ineptitude of our Federal Government today.

I still don't run into many people that don't enjoy watching a train cross their path, unless, of course, you are on the 224 Loop in NAC during morning rush, with the slowest engineer alive.

The "Riding The Rails" exhibit explores the wonderful world of hobo culture, and Nacogdoches hosts the event from March 5 through May 3, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot located at 101 Tyler Road.  Hours run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday's, the exhibit goes 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.