Station platform scenes like this one were commonplace in the 1950s. What distinguishes this image in the presence of an elegantly attired African-American couple at the right carrying their own luggage, while the woman fixes her gaze on the baggage handler pushing a cart of what appears to be a mixture of luggage. Was she envious? Did she wish she and her husband did not have to trek down the platform with their bags? Meanwhile in this mini-drama the man at the left, a railroad worker, fixes his gaze on Wally Abbey, with a look a consternation about what he is up to. What could be so interesting about this everyday occurrence? Doesn't Abbey want a picture of only the mainline train, the Chicago-Pittsburgh-Washington Express? Shouldn't railroad photographers wait until the people have vanished from view? In 1952, most railroad photographers would have done just that, depriving us of this slice of life and history.