Manny no sooner finished eating his clam chowder when the whistle blew, and he felt like an earthquake hit.
“Hey, Hal, slow this train down! I’m getting sick, but I think I can jump down, and make it outside if you just slow down!”
Manny slid off the table in a heap, and crawled to the opening at the end of the caboose.
“I’m outside, Manny. I’m not driving!” Hal answered
“Who’s driving this thing? Did we get rear ended? It’s a little better out here. At least the air is fresher.”
Hal yelled in from outside over the bump, bump, bump of the train thumping down the track. “Maybe your mother is driving. She has a lead foot.” Hal said.
“What are these holes in the floor? I smell smoke, dust, and cows. Maybe we ran over a cow. I’ll drive.”
Manny thought he took control of the situation. Little did he know what drove the train.
“There is a serious crisis up here at the station, Manny. You need to get out and hide!” Hal shouted.
Manny couldn’t imagine what Hal saw that made him shout, but he hopped off before the train stopped and ran over to the Post Office to hide. Soon he was swept off his feet and onto another train.
“Whee, whee, whee.” Manny was gone. But soon the mail sacks opened and workers began sorting the mail.
The workers were busy talking, and soon went off to another area to take a break. Hal rescued Manny, and they went to find the next train departing.
This big machine let out a welcoming burp. Manny stopped to swing a minute before crawling inside.
“This is fun, Hal. You should try it.”
“Just get inside quickly, Manny. You never know when your luck will run out! You may be working on a chain gang, if you don’t get off there.” Hal threw Manny inside an engine just as the guards walked by.
“You need to move on, Sir. There’s a dangerous fugitive loose in these parts.”
“I’d better get on my way then.” Hal answered.
Manny scrambled into the seat next to the engineer. “What’s this knob?”
“What do these numbers mean?”
“You ask too many questions, Bear. You look kind of familiar. Haven’t I seen your face somewhere?”
Manny jumped onto another train as it passed by, and waved good-bye. “I just got here from California. I don’t know how you could know my face. I must look like some other bear you know.”
Manny, I’ve looked all over for you. What have you been doing all this time?
“Nothing, Mom. Just prowling around with Hal at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.”