Previously: There was even a fully equipped blacksmith shop—with a blacksmith.
Trees for shade, a big field for the horses to run and graze, and of course—make horse-apples.
“You know, we’re supposed to be heading to Moosehead County, but we’re also supposed to check-in with the regional marshal in St. Louis; there’s no rush.”
Boomer acted quickly—contacting the engineer and ordering the train to slow-down to a very leisurely pace.
And then the marshals explored.
They found an apple orchard.
They found a freshwater stream.
They found a silo—filled with oats.
And they found all their horses.
Season 10—Chapter 2—Return of the Adventure Train—Episode 6…
The marshals spent some enjoying the horse’s “personal quarters,” before they returned to the Parlor Car just as the train slowed to pass-through the town of Fort Justice, “I’m sure glad our equine friends now have—well—spectacular quarters, it sure is better than the old stable-car.”
“That’s for sure, Sarah,” Chris agreed, “As an additional benefit, we can enjoy their quarters as well.”
“I wonder if there is fish in the stream…” Big Mac had a hankering, “Nothing like a bit of filet-of-trout.”
“I may just grab my bedroll and sleep by that stream,” Boomer said, “The sound of it flowing past the rocks…”
Daisy and the other dog-people had joined the marshals, “Not without me!”
The train slowed to an unexpected stop at the Fort Justice railroad station…
Moments later Colonel Phineas Cooper entered the Parlor Car—no longer Lieutenant Colonel Cooper—he was wearing the silver eagles of a full colonel.
“Hello Colonel,” Boomer immediately noticed the eagles, “Are congratulations in order?”
“I’m not sure—yet. I’m hitching a ride with you, if you don’t mind. I have orders to report to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to receive my new posting.”
“Do you have any idea,” Sarah asked, “What those orders might be?”
“I do. I believe I’m going to be assigned to establishing a fort near Grand Marais.”
“There is an abandoned stockade at Devil Track Lake,” Hiram Silverthorn, Jr. said, “It was a fur trading post.”
“Will I need to negotiate with the First Nation people?”
“It would be a good idea—you may begin your negotiations now.”
“That works for me.”
To be continued…