My name is Dana Walton, and I am the author of “Bo John’s Train”. I am an Educator, currently living near Atlanta, Georgia. I have taught elementary school for over twelve years in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Maryland. I have also taught in the United Arab Emirates in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. I have one son, Ryan, and he is nine years old. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, bowling, going to the movies, shopping, and clipping coupons.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to share this book with the world. “Bo John’s Train” is about a train engineer and the way he has touched the people of a small town. My father, Robert Lee Walton Jr., was the inspiration for this book. It seemed as if everyone in our town knew him. His nickname was Bo John. He was an engineer for CSX Transportation. He actually drove trains! I have some great memories of my father wearing his blue overalls, red and white handkerchief around his neck, and blue and white striped conductor’s hat.
I wrote this book as a tribute to my father. He had such a positive impact on the lives he touched. He had such a huge smile and he was always smiling. He was a happy person and fun to be around. I remember the jokes he told and the many stories he shared about working on the railroad. Our house was not too far from the railroad tracks, and he would always blow the train whistle as he passed our house. When we were little, my mom would take my sister and I to see our dad as he passed by driving the train. We would sit in the car and wait for the train to pass by. My Dad would lean out the engine window and wave at us as the train roared by. Sometimes he would tip his blue and white striped conductor’s hat as he rode on past the railroad crossing. Although I miss him every day, I can still smile as I reminisce about my childhood and the love he had for his family, his car, and his freight train.
In December 2005, my father passed away after his battle with cancer. This was a very difficult time for my family. We still think about him all the time. At family gatherings, people still talk about the jokes and funny stories he would share. Bo John’s Train is my way of paying tribute to the man who is directly responsible for making me into the woman I am today. He taught me how to be independent and how to love others. He was a strong believer in education and I know that he would be proud of all of my accomplishments. I also know that he would be proud to be the main character in “Bo John’s Train”. Whenever I hear a train whistle, I think of him. After reading this book, I hope you will too.