Previously: Meanwhile—the Adventure Train was streaking across the Kansas Prairie…making 120 mph (remember—GENTLE READER—the tracks under the train ARE 21st Century tracks) and the marshals and James & Black Hawk were making their plans, “Chris and the Coopers have North Fort Justice covered, what roll will we have?”
“We will be under Lt. Col. Cooper’s command,” Mac replied, “It will be at his discretion where and when we’ll all be assigned.”
“He has been tasked with dealing with the indigenous people?”
“He has, and he has many natives voluntarily serving as troopers,” Sergeant-Major Yatkov replied, “He has been honored as a friend of the ‘First Nation” people in Canada.”
“That is good,” Black Hawk smiled, “Perhaps he will impress us as well.”
Suddenly—the Adventure Train slowed—quickly.
Season 12—Adventure 1—Episode 12—
Locomotive head technician (engineer) K. C. Jones and Locomotive technician (fireman) R. Haus Rodney were having a rather uneventful day—uneventful until the forward scanner detected another train on the track around the bend and not yet visible—heading towards them at 20mph. Rodney instantly brought the train out of 21st Century operation—causing the train to slow to 20mph almost instantly.
Although it caused the train’s occupants to be jostled a bit, internal motion dampeners prevented the occupants from flying helplessly (and fatally) into the forward wall of Parlor Car.
They felt a much stronger jolt when Jones put the locomotive into full reverse, “Hang-on folks!” Rodney warned over the intercom, “19th Century train approaching and we may collide!”
“He’s seen us, Rodney. I see sparks coming from his drive wheels!” Jones exclaimed as they rounded the bend.
“There still may be enough room for him to stop…”
“Are you a bettin’ man?”
“Not today, boss,” Rodney replied.
“Everyone brace for impact!” Jones announced over the intercom.
“Dampers on, Boss!”
“That won’t help us much, and the cars will derail—a rough ride even with the dampers!”
The trains were approaching each other at a closing speed of 20mph, but each locomotive’s weight is measured in tons…
Meanwhile—Somewhere in Dakota Territory… They came upon the Overland Stagecoach Company stagecoach at the gallop. Reining-in their horses, they fired-on and killed the shotgun guard, and ordered the two passengers out of the coach.
“Throw down that strongbox, driver—unless you wanna join your friend—dead on the ground!” Lacy Dalton ordered.
“You two,” Paulo pointed his pistols at the passengers, “Please be so kind as to put your valuables in this bag.”
It was over in minutes—it ended when Lacy calmly shot and killed the driver and passengers, “You didn’t need to do that!”
Turning her gaze on Edward Slater—and with it her rifle, “Yes—I did. Do you have a problem with that, Eddie?”
To be continued…