I want to thank Doug Most for his article on his commuter rail conductor (Connections, May 20), because that’s the way many of us felt on the Newburyport run: Conductors make the trip! Their quirky kindnesses and often insightful comments (especially in difficult situations) make our travel the best it can be. My conductor performed magic to charm the tension out of the air; he made me a paper rose out of a napkin for my birthday. He also lent substantial funds to individuals who rushed to the train without their wallets. These are long, tiring trips, and the people who run our trains make them survivable. Thank you for honoring these (often) marvelous civil servants.
Deborah Carey / Amesbury
I used to ride the Needham train every morning, and conductor Frank Teague put everyone in a good mood, no matter how preoccupied we were. What a great way to start the day! It’s so nice to see him get this well-deserved recognition.
Lucy Feild / West Roxbury
I rode the Needham line for many years. Frank was there every morning, no matter what the weather, greeting you with a smile and a witty comment. Even the worst workday was made a little better when Frank was your homeward-bound conductor. It’s too bad they can’t clone him and create an army of Franks to ride the rails. Maybe then more people would select this mode of transportation, and who knows, maybe the T could actually turn a profit. Thanks for the fond memories. Happy rails, Frank.
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