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Mikey and the Mysterious Conductor
The train museum was one of Mikey’s favorite places to visit. But today, he just knew there was a ghost in the museum. The conductor on the steam train ride had told him there was a ghost train. Everyone heard the ghost’s whistle when they stopped on the tracks for a few minutes.
Now, Mikey was zigzagging his way through a maze of huge brown and black train engines with Mom, Granny, and Grandpop. Usually, Mikey imagined the engines were smiling at him. Today he imagined they were chasing him!
Mikey always worried about Grandpop because he used a wheelchair and couldn’t move very fast. Today, Grandpop had a new wheelchair he could drive very fast.
“If the ghost shows up, Grandpop can zoom away.” Mikey said to himself. He smiled and felt better. Silly ghost train!
When Mom and Granny went to the souvenir shop, Grandpop took Mikey to his favorite locomotive–a very old steam engine. Mikey climbed up into the engine with some other kids. He pretended to shovel coal into the firebox, blow the whistle, and drive the engine. He had so much fun that he forgot all about the ghost train.UNTIL he climbed down from the engine. That’s when he heard a strange whistle and did not see Grandpop.
No answer. Mikey ran toward the back of the engine but stopped when he almost collided with a man standing there.
“Whoa there, engineer! Where ya running to?”
Mikey looked up into the smiling face of a tall man with a dark, swirly mustache wearing a train conductor’s suit.