Life is funny sometimes.

One moment, you're waving goodbye to an iconic Fall River landmark that was basically your childhood for the last time, the next you're reuniting with it in the most remote location you can think of.

About a week ago, my parents, my brother and I went on a little adventure to Rhode Island for a family fun day. We had heard of an abandoned railroad that had been resurrected into an attraction ride called Rail Explorers.

Basically, you ride along the train tracks on a pedal-powered vehicle that propels forward like a bicycle. So yes, it requires some physical activity to function, but trust me when I tell you that it requires little effort to move.

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While traveling the shoreline of the Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth, just about six miles into the trip, my brother and I came across somewhat of a railroad car graveyard. That's when something familiar captured my attention.

Standing right in front of me was the old Fall River McDonald's train that had departed from the city back in March of 2018.

"It can't be," I said out loud and quickly snapped a photo.

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After digging around the local archives on the good ol' interwebs, I matched the design to the Fall River one and also found that its destination was somewhere in Portsmouth. This was the Fall River train that at one point in time was a lunch destination for my youth with my grandfather. I had found it once again.

Talk about nostalgia, this was quite the sight to see.

What the train's being used for and why it's even there in the first place is unknown at this time, since the Rail Explorers are only open on Fridays and the weekend. Rest assured, I will find out the meaning behind its new home and will report back when I have more answers.

The world needs to know, the local people need answers, and I won't rest until I get them.

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