She’s trapped in a dream.
Maggie Brooklyn moved into a small room in Cross in 1915 and found a job with the Boston & Maine Railroad as one of their few, female guards.
She was a quiet woman, and little was known of her. When she spoke, it was with a distinct German accent and when asked she informed people that she was from Switzerland. She would never elaborate.
In 1917, Maggie received several books from Germany, which she read constantly. One of them contained a theory of time travel from a young scientist, a theory illustrated with an analogy which employed a train.
Maggie became obsessed with the idea that she could travel backward in time via the trains she worked on.
She became focused on work, isolating herself from any sort of social events as she gathered money and what she called her equipment: bits and pieces of wireless sets and radios; broken electric lamps and curious bits of steel. Finally, on March 13, 1922, with the help of a friend, she dragged a tremendous steamer trunk to the platform of the Cross train station.
For nearly an hour, she set up her machine, a strange, almost brutal looking contraption. In the center of it there was an opening, along the bottom of which was a web-work of copper and silver wire, interwoven with the occasional strand of gold. From this webbing a single cable of the braided metal stretched out to the tracks, crossing both sets.
When she finished, Maggie stood alone on the web-work, grinning furiously.
As the morning train from Boston rushed toward the station, Maggie cried out joyously, titled her head back, and waited.
Moments later, the train passed over the braids, and Maggie and her device vanished.
Each day, at 9:17 in the morning, the lights in the station flicker, and Maggie can be seen screaming on the platform, if only for the briefest of moments.
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