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Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

Dr Watson reviews his tab at the Hound and Ferret

My Great Railway Journeys No.2

1 – Double Jeopardy –  I once endured two high-speed pursuits through a twelve-carriage train on the same day. The first one involved Holmes and myself, accompanied by a band of hardy police officers, chasing down the man believed to be the notorious Farnham Fingersmith.  However, after capturing the criminal, Holmes refused to answer any questions about the investigation unless he could do so in Latin – whereupon the two of us were chased back through the train by the band of officers angered further by Holmes repeating the phrase “I know a secret you don’t know.”

2 – Death on the Line – I once had the misfortune of sharing a compartment with a murder victim for the entire length of the Great Western Railway.  This wasn’t quite as grisly as you might imagine as I only realised he was dead after serveral hours.  Up to that point he had been the model travel companion and was the most attentive audience for my anecdote about the giant rat of Sumatra.

3 – Points of Interest – The trip to Bucharest was one of highs and lows.  On the downside, a dozen people were injured in a derailment at Innsbruck while a further ten passengers were hospitalised after coming under fire from a criminal gang who boarded the train at Verona.  On the plus side, there was plenty of room in the buffet car….

Holmes identified a number of points of interest - this was not one of them.

Holmes identified a number of points of interest – this was not one of them.

 

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