Someone ought to market an "air freshener" that smells like the
creosote on railroad ties. I love that smell, and will always associate
it with trains. It would give model railroads the scent of
I remember coal smoke (from houses as well as locomotives), and it does
take me back, just like the smell of burning leaves takes me back to
post-war Illinois, or the smell of diesel or jet exhaust takes me back to
standing on a carrier deck or in the door of an H-3 on Yankeee Station.
Doesn't mean I want to breathe in even small amounts of it. I've loved our
various trips to Italy, but I don't want to smell that pig factory north of
Soave ever again.