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MassDOT last month invited readers to share stories of romance with a Boston South Station twist. This week, we are sharing four of these stories, one each through Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Taking the Midnight Train

Shawn Marie and Jon Simmons’ romance began on the beach in San Diego, where they were both attending a professional conference in 1993. The conference ended one week later, and they headed to their respective homes in Washington, D.C. and Boston, determined to nurture their relationship. Thus began regular overnight train rides between Washington Union Station and Boston South Station – the “vehicle for our romance,” explains Shawn.

Shawn would board the Amtrak at 10:30 p.m. in Washington to visit her Cupid, sometimes in weather cold enough to freeze the train’s drinking water. Curled up on a seat with a jacket as a blanket, Shawn “never minded any of it, because I was on my way to see him … at warm and bustling South Station … on the platform waiting for me – tall and blond.” 

Valentine’s Day rolled around just three months after they first met. Jon waited for Shawn’s train to approach the concourse as he always did. Only this weekend would be different, because by Saturday afternoon, they became engaged. It was only fitting that Jon, a jazz musician, serenaded his bride with the lyrics to Johnny Mercer’s “I Thought about You” – a classic tune about longing for your lover while riding the train through the night.

Shawn and Jon set off to travel the world in September 1993, visiting 17 countries (mainly by train). They now live in Boston and enjoy being an aunt and uncle.  

 South Station Romance 2

Photo: Shawn and Jon happily posing during their engagement weekend, February 1993.

South Station Romance 2a

Photo: Shawn and Jon today, living happily ever after in Boston.

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