You rarely hear from train conductors these days since the advent of automated train announcements. So it's a pleasant surprise to hear from the occasional fun-talking conductor, such as the one I encountered on the Red Line on yesterday's commute home.
The train had been delayed and was very crowded. But instead of the usual "other trains are following immediately behind" announcement, he said: "You might wanna wait for the train right behind me if you don't wanna get squished."
Then, at Fullerton: "Take it easy guys. Don't run over anyone going out."
And as he glides the train north out of the Belmont station, a simple, yet elegant, "See ya later."
It's still a far cry from the conductor of the "Love Train" in the 1980s and '90s. Who remembers that guy?