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It Happened to Me: I Think I Can

Rhona Lewis

Raizy wanted to go to the zoo — again. But I was tired of feeding kangaroos and petting koalas. “Let’s go for a ride on Puffing Billy,” I suggested. “We’ve never been on a steam locomotive and we’ve been to the zoo a million times!”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We were soon settled in the car for the hour ride from Melbourne to Belgrave, the main station on the line.

“Puffing Billy is 100 years old,” Daddy explained. “The train once took people to the gold mining areas east of Melbourne, but today it is a tourist attraction.”

I was so excited that I pretended not to see Raizy digging in the picnic bag. I knew she was after the chocolate-mint bars.

At Belgrave Station, I saw the huge green engine puffing out black smoke from a tall chimney and sending clouds of steam shooting out near the wheels. I thought Raizy would be frightened, so I held her hand tightly and made her look at the bright red carriages instead.

We climbed onto the train. Raizy and I sat on the ledge of the window with our legs dangling outside the carriage, like all the other children did. There are bars along the windows so it’s very safe and nobody can fall out. The train gave a loud whistle and we were off.

That was when the trouble started.


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