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The town of Greenfield in Northern England was celebrating 70 years of twining with its French town of Le Champ Vert. Coincidentally it was also the 70th anniversary of Greenfield's model railway society. To celebrate both occasions the town was having a festival. The mayor asked the model railway society to mark the occasion by replicating an historic event of sabotage led by the French Resistance that happened in their twin town in 1944. Their task was to build a working replica of the German train carrying coal from Occupied France to the factories on the Ruhr, which was derailed by an explosion just outside Le Champ Vert.

Ian was a member of the Model Railway Society and was well known for his detailed models. He was chosen by the members of the society as the person who would make the open topped wooden coal wagon.

The next day Ian went to the shed and looked for some suitable wood to build the wagon. He also found some toy beads his daughter Susan used to wear that he knew would look like coal.It took him a week of work before he was satisfied.

Then he had to think about how to replicate the explosion, so he looked in his bits and pieces drawer to see if there was anything he could use. Inside were lots of pieces of string, several mouse traps left over from his old house and modelling glue. There were three small rolls of toy gun caps and he smiled remembering the joy his son Peter had firing the small cap gun thirty odd years ago.

He glued the caps to the wooden base of the mouse trap. He partially opened the mouse trap and wedged a piece of wood between the base of the trap and the metal, so he could control the explosion. To test it he used a stick to quickly knock out the wedge but being an old mouse trap it fell apart. That’s no good he thought. He got one of the other mouse traps and set it up as before, it worked and he got the explosion he wanted.

At the next meeting of the model railway society he took the completed wagon and showed the members how the mouse trap exploding worked and they were extremely pleased.

This is my entry for LJ Idol topic 5 Build a better mouse trap.
This is based on a story told to me by an elderly gentleman.
The names of the towns have been changed.



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Apr. 15th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
That's a really interesting idea. I hope he doesn't damage his carefully-constructed train car too badly, though.
Apr. 15th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
Nicely done!
Apr. 16th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
The idea of this story is really interesting, but I feel like it would be better told if it wasn't so "He did this, then he did that, and then he did this." It's very one-note for me, and I would love to see something more emotional, or creative. You have a great use of language, and you should use it to your advantage!
Apr. 16th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
An interesting idea there...a nice read!
Apr. 17th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Like the use of the mouse trap.
Apr. 18th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm imagining all those tiny lumps of coal!
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