criminal musings of a very pregnant person

Last night on the way home from dinner with friends we were driving past the light rail depot, and saw a few trains parked in the shed. Here’s what Emma had to say: “Look, the trains are all going to sleep. Hey, I wonder how easy it would be to steal a train? That would be really cool.” I pointed out that you’d need the tracks and points to cooperate, plus the light rail line is just a single line from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America and back, so you wouldn’t get very far. Plus with an electric train they’d just shut off the power and you’d be stuck. Sorry to be a killjoy, but really.

Unperturbed, Emma said “Yes, but it would just be really fun. I should do that some day. However, it would just be a short step from that to joyriding. Maybe I shouldn’t.”

5 Responses to “criminal musings of a very pregnant person”

  1. Emma says:

    It’s not my fault you have no sense of adventure! Besides who leaves trains with their lights on in an open shed unless it’s an inivtation to visit?

  2. Rosey says:

    I’m not sure i should admit this but…Em is right! It does sound like a lot of fun. And what better than your very own train to take you to the mall of america and back. Just think of the amount of shopping you could fit in for the trip home, it would be a very successful shopping trip! I am quite excited about the whole idea.

  3. Robin (bro) says:

    Right, I know what I’m getting Emma for Christmas this year…

  4. Emma says:

    So maybe what I want is a train rather than an illegal train. It would be a little bit like in “Chigley” (it was Chigley right? Neither Camberwick Green nor Trumpton, but close by) – now that was fun, having a little rail line all of his own. It perhaps isn’t the criminal aspect that is at the centre of my musing.

    Perhaps we should forget about all this. I know it was an electric train rather than a steam train, but I am somewhat concerned that I’m turning into Dad…

  5. Greg (Mpls neighbor) says:

    My great uncle, now deceased, was a train buff and had a train track and a hand car in his back yard for several decades. As a kid I ran that car back and forth on the 15 meters of track in the yard. Fantastic Fun!

    Emma, if you are ever in New Jersey, perhaps I can set you up. Then again, Uncle Fred is no longer with us and I doubt the house is still in the family.

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