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Little Girl Waves At Trains Every Day. When She Stops, Conductor Knocks On Her Door.

It was the cutest tradition.

Every single day, Briana Shepard’s preschool daughter would stand in the window of their family business. It wasn’t so much the scenery that attracted the little one to the window, but an unlikely friendship with people she’d never met. Shepard’s little daughter was best friends with the train men.


The best part? She was their best friend as well.

“They’d blow their whistles, she’d run to the window, they’d open their windows, and everyone would wave and smile ear to ear. I teared up almost every single time,” Shepard recalls.

This adorable tradition went on like clockwork for three years until one day, the little girl stared school.

“Her transition to daily school hit me a little harder than I was expecting, but it hit me the hardest the first day the train came when she wasn’t there. They blew their whistles, they opened their windows, but I was the only one standing there just crying and weakly waving. The next day I made a sign. I simply wrote ‘She started school.’ I heard the whistle, ran to the window, and held up my sign. That was three weeks ago.”


Three weeks after Shepard made the simple sign, she got a knock on the door of their office building. Standing there in his bright uniform was one of the train conductors. He was there to ask about the little girl with blonde hair the would wave at them every morning.

“They had seen my sign, but couldn’t make out what it said. They had assumed she’d started school, but had to make sure. He said that her waves had made their days. For three years they’d shared these moments.”

The conductor asked Shepard if he and the other operators could bring a birthday present for her little girl. She of course accepted.

“Witnessing their unconventional friendship over the past several years has been nothing short of magical. To know it impacted them just as much as it impacted us, fills me with love and hope. The visit today and their ongoing kindness to my daughter has reaffirmed my faith in goodness and humanity. These are moments we’ll always remember.”

It’s amazing to see lives intertwine on this level. How a little girl could make such an impact on a group of blue collar men is so unique and unusual. But it just goes to show, you never know how much of an impact a small act of kindness can make.

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