242. Animal Train: an original short story for kids

Billy and Emily have a terrific time riding the Ahway Island Solar Train to the animal sanctuary.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 9:44

Animal Train Excerpt:

By now Billy and Emily understood the routine for riding the solar train. They waited patiently on the platform and wondered what wonderful new place they would visit today.  Emily could hardly believe that it was their third train ride.  She wondered if they would go through the tunnel again today, and then remembered her brother didn’t like tunnels.  “Will you be Ok if we go through the tunnel?” She asked Billy.  He smiled at her and said “Thanks for checking.  I think I’ll be fine. This tunnel is quieter and brighter with the windows.”  The sparkling train arrived with a gentle whirr.  Once it stopped, the doors slid open with a whoosh.  Emily and Billy stepped aboard. Their parents followed them on.


Billy made his way to a seat, bowed and motioned for Emily to slide in next to the window. Emily smiled and scooted over to make room for her big brother.  Their parents smiled and sat down in the seat behind them, once more.  Then the train slowly began to roll forward.


“Here we go!” Emily exclaimed.


“It’s different this time.” Billy noted.  And it was.  Instead of heading up to the elevated tracks, the train headed the opposite direction down into the tunnel.

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