“All aboard,” cries the conductor, dressed for the day in his baby blue polo and matching camouflage overalls-and-hat combo.

“Bark!” cry the dogs, all nine of them, as they each clamber into their respective single seats, ready for that morning’s journey.

Eugene Bostick, the only human member of the dog train, has cared for animals around his Fort Worth, Texas, home for 30 years with his brothers. When stray dogs were abandoned on his street, Bostick came to the rescue. In a stroke of brilliance, he created a set of boxcars made from old buckets that he welded onto wheels, piling one after another into an ever-elongating caboose.

Now, Bostick and his canine cohort can putz around the neighborhood together, man and man’s nine best friends.

One might wonder, when will the dog train reach its final destination?

“I’m 80 now, so I suppose it can’t last too much longer,” Bostick told The Dodo, “but I’ll keep it going as long as I can.”

If you think you can, Eugene, you’ll never stop conducting the little dog train that could.