Monday, 19 March 2012


One day, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis saw a land slide happen right in front of their eyes. The land slide blocked the railway line below. It was already past 11 o'clock and the 11.29 train hadn't passed by yet. They wanted to alert the station but there wasn't enough time. So, they quickly came up with a plan to alert the train driver.

The girls took off their red petticoats and cut them into six pieces. They put them on to sticks. They had six red flags. They pushed two of the flags into heaps of stones between the lines. Bobbie and Phyllis each took one.Peter took the other two.They stood beside the railway line ready to wave. After a long time they heard the train coming.

The children waved thier flags frantically. The train came very,very fast. Suddenly, Bobbie ran on to the line. Peter shouted at her to get back but she did not move from the line. She waved and waved her flags, shouting 'Stop, stop!' as the big black engine came towards her. Finally, the train stopped twenty metres from Bobbie. Peter and Phyllis quickly ran and told the train driver about the landslide.Bobbie froze on the tracks because of fright and just sat down on the ground.

At last the children managed to save the train from meeting with an accident.The eventful day was known as the 'red-petticoat day'.

A few weeks later, they were presented with a beautiful gold watch each by the Northern and Southern Railway Company at the station. Many people were there including the people who had been on the train on the 'red-petticoat day'. The watches were as a gesture of thanks for their brave and sensible deed on the 'red-petticoat day'.


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