The first lights announced that a new day was coming slowly, while sky, dyed by a pink and red coloration in the east and purple and blue in the west, showed clouds reflecting the rays of the sun, still hidden in the horizon. There was no sound, no movement, all were still asleep, and the night dwellers would retreat to their day homes. Only the sound of the wind rustling reached the ears of anyone who was there.
Suddenly, the stillness broke with a high beep from an electric bell, and several red warning lights began to flash, while the iron arms, painted white and red, slowly descended to close the road, indicating to some driver that That the passage was momentarily blocked. The automatic gate served just for this, avoiding accidents closing the road.
Soon the bell stopped, and everything was quiet again, but as warning lights announced something was approaching. A whistle was heard in the distance, a whistle that who hears never forgets, a ray of light pointed in the horizon illuminating a clean surface and reflective of rails, forming two golden filets, while the electric sound of motor is higher.
Another whistle, and another, and a little sequence, with the bell beeping, and finally, running in its usual 90 kilometers per hour, GE's old electric locomotive, built in 1940, which the railway men affectionately called "V8" And whose aerodynamics made her never be considered old, swiftly passed the level crossing, with its dark blue paint and cream gray, pulling its blue train, the always punctual "R", the fastest and most well-cared passenger train of the Brazil, a train that did not respect the clock, since it was this one that respected him, such a punctuality.
Even with 54 years, the old "V8" weathered the weather, towing its R train, passing through that gate, fulfilling its role of pioneer, taking modernity wherever it was, as now, finishing in passing, disappearing into the horizon as the gate opened and the lights went out, the train bearing the name of that company that all employees were proud to work called Paulista Railroad Company, a Standard Railroad!