The professor’s dilemma


The hours of operation, 1100hrs – 2200hrs (11am – 10pm), suited them as well—most were confirmed customers of Silverthorn’s Café for breakfast, they even had a minibus to take them to and from the café—and they weren’t about to change that.

Susan had interviewed and selected good people to staff the restaurant, including a couple from Seven Tables.

An hour later—at the Depot… Once again Larry Yatkowsky and Larry FlutterMatters find themselves drawn to this place—why?

An hour later at the Depot

An hour later at the Depot

Season 8—Chapter 4—Fighting Back—Episode 7:

Continuing our story—At the Depot… An hour & 15 min later at the Depot, both Larrys attire changed just a little bit…

An hour & 15 min later at the Depot

An hour & 15 min later at the Depot, both Larrys attire changed just a little bit…

And then—An hour & 16 min later at the Depot, Locomotive #01 appeared—as they both expected. This was no surprise to either as Larry Yatkowsky was responsible for this, in collusion with Cujo.

Locomotive #01 appeared

Locomotive #01 appeared

Perhaps, GENTLE READER, you would like to know exactly how this came to be, right?

The Danger Bay Railroad Museum was the brainchild of Catherine Uxbridge Jones-Oliver. Jones-Oliver was born in Moosehead City and in her junior-high school years was shunned by the cool-kids, who called her “Dogface” because of her brown eyes, large nose and ears. Ostracized by her peers she turned to academics—carrying a 4.0 average throughout high school, the Unversity of Minnesota-Duluth, and graduate school at Harvard—earning her PhD in History.

Dr. Jones-Oliver returned to Minnesota and accepted an appointment as Professor of History at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She chose to live in the Port of Danger Bay—never quite forgiving Moosehead City for her treatment there.

Danger Bay Railroad Museum

Danger Bay Railroad Museum

When not teaching, she established the Moosehead County Historical Society and delved into some of the forgotten history of the county. It was then she discovered the remains of a long-forgotten railroad station on the North Bluff (about a half-mile from Mac & Boomer’s Cabin-on-the-Rock), and set about the recreation of the station.

As the work on the station progressed she decided to search for a couple of wood-burning locomotives and some passenger cars. She found two such locomotives in Fort Morgan, Colorado. They were in poor shape after years of neglect in an old roundhouse—but they were nearly identical, and as a bonus, there were two passenger cars, one a mail car, in near-perfect condition.

She began negotiations to purchase the locomotives and passenger cars, and to her surprise, Fort Collins told her she could have them, but must hurry, as they were about to tear the roundhouse down for a shopping center.

She had a month to collect them before they’d be scrapped.

She couldn’t possibly meet that deadline. There was just too much to arrange.

To be Continued...

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Just a little bit of a Curmudgeon.
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11 Responses to The professor’s dilemma

  1. A tangled web we weave…. and now the recreation of a railroad museum on the water. Can model trains be far behind? (No pun intended.)


    • Jack Boardman says:

      High above the water on the bluff…prime real estate. One wonder why it wasn’t already developed into luxury condos. 😛


  2. Sarah Cooper says:

    I think I know some people/critters who could be of service …


  3. Chris Shouse says:

    Lets get those engines moving to their rightful spot. We need Hank Reardon and Dagney Taggart!


  4. yatters says:

    Doesn’t seem to matter much how the dynamic duo are dressed – they just get more pretty! 🙂


  5. sgtmajcarl says:

    LAST to this post (sigh). I assume the professor will be successful??? 😉


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