Ok, maybe the title shouldn't be so breaking-news-like and maybe now this doesn't look like a big deal but it was much more exciting sitting in the first car right after the engine when a loud bang pierced the relative quietness (most of the loud people usually get off the train a couple of stops earlier). Judging by the noise, the amount of leaves and wood chips that shot past the windows of the car - what you see stuck to the cowcatcher* is only a small part of what we hit.
* Cowcatcher ( the pilot, cattle catcher) - is the front part of a train that supposed to deflect foreign objects on the track and prevent derailing.
Harmilda - a life-sized fiberglass statue - is a mascot of the town of Harvard, Illinois, and the symbol of the town's annual Milk Day festival. Her name is derived from the name of the festival (HArvard MILk DAys).
Harmilda was given as a gift by Robert Jones of Jones Packing Co. in 1966 and resides at the Five Points since then.