The Secret Railroad Tuesday August 15, 2006, 2 comments

When I was little, or at least littler, I had a hard time grasping how television schedules worked. I did not understand that the television guide could tell you what show was on when.

In essence, I believed that television programs came on randomly.

So, suffice it to say that when one of my favorites came on, I was completely unmovable from the television set. My attention could not be pried from the screen.

There were a few shows that I was more than a bit fond of that never came on enough, and today, I suddenly remembered what one of them was called.

The Secret Railroad.

What a bizarre show, as were many of the Canadian made shows that first debuted in french and were later brought to the english market. The show featured Simon, a boy who finds the railway in the basement of his apartment building. You could always count on TVO to appeal to a kid that lived in an apartment building.

Simon would embark on a grand adventure with the train, stopping to pick up Mr. Passenger, and Mr. Passenger’s cat, called Melanie. Further down the line, deeper into the adventure, came Stella.

Stella

Stella. What a girl. She played a different role in each episode. Great hair too. I admit perhaps a slight crush on this enigmatic young lady.

Anyway, this trip down memory lane has reached its final destination. If you ever get a chance to experience the Secret Railroad, check it out. I loved the hell out of it, but never got to see enough of it because I never knew when it was coming on.


Comments

Jorge Wednesday August 16, 2006


I loved that show too!
The old man reminded me of Gandalf.

Mike Wednesday August 16, 2006


I used to think that when you turned off the TV the show paused and waited for you. It took some time for me to figure out this was not the case (I remeber something involving the old Incredible Hulk cartoon when I was 5 or 6). I guess my problem solving wasn’t really up to snuff during this time.

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.”
- Douglas Adams

Twitter

  • “Why you should kill your cash cow” by @AbhishekMadhavn t.co/3yIZnvPS8l Friday April 21, 2017
  • “You Don’t Need to Choose a Methodology to Innovate” by @philmorle t.co/oAwaCZdO6O Friday April 21, 2017
  • Gods yes, this: “How strong techies destroy startups, and how it can be avoided” by @gadievron t.co/hBkpzOd24D Friday April 21, 2017
  • “You Are Not The Code You Write” by @FagnerBrack t.co/6jF1sFdtg5 Wednesday April 19, 2017
  • Skills can be taught. Tools can be learned. Imagination and attitude are more important than either, so that’s what I look for when hiring. Tuesday April 11, 2017
  • I just read the most ironic though of the day: “Stop thinking, start doing.” Good advice, but the presentation was a bit much. Monday April 10, 2017
  • LIFT UP | 3D Animated Short Film t.co/07YYbwWd1J via @YouTube Monday April 10, 2017
  • Engage bandwagon, warp factor 4. Saturday April 8, 2017