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What story does this image inspire for you?
Where is this train heading? How important is its cargo? What is its cargo? Is the train carrying stowaways? Who is the conductor? What types of people live in the remote towns it will be passing through?
Use your imagination to write the opening of a short story or poem inspired by this illustration — or tell us about a memory from your own life that this image makes you think of.
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