Penley River Trestle – Steel Horse Saviors – 2017 A to Z Challenge – Day 16

P.jpgSteel Horse Saviors is about three Civil War veterans, two Yankees and one Rebel, who take their steam locomotive west to seek their post-war fortune. In the process they encounter Clementine O’Grady an auburn-haired beauty fighting to save the family business. The Saviors must decide if they have moved far enough away from the past each one of them worries about before they can help O’Grady Timber & Lumber.

Clementine O’Grady knows her business so well the changes that can make the difference are crystal clear. Her problem in trying to make those changes is simple economics. Like restoring the line from her lumber operation to the rolling acres of mature timber that her father had worked his whole life to develop. A shattered trestle which requires major engineering expertise has been an ugly albatross for too many years.

Now the Steel Horse Saviors will be tasked with not only deciding if and how the trestle can be restored, but to put their skills to use making Clementine’s dream a reality. From there the positives will multiply so rapidly O’Grady Timber and Lumber may have another more exciting problem: finding enough skilled labor.

Here is an excerpt:

Clementine pointed past the remnants of the trestle to where a narrow path led into the tall trees. Finn grabbed his binoculars and focused on the opening, realizing there was rail leading into the distance. On each side were magnificent trees, which would certainly help fill the need for O’Grady Timber and Lumber. Finn repositioned the binoculars to the mass of broken beams and sagging rail that comprised the Penley River Trestle. He felt it was possible to salvage and even repair this vital connection, but the time they had remaining to get the contract complete was going to make things very tight.

“We need some of those trees to fix it,” Nolan declared.

“He’s right,” “Brou” agreed. Without that size trunk it won’t be strong enough.”

Finn studied the scene for a few moments before he walked forward to stare at the river. When he turned both of his compatriots felt their stomachs tighten. They had seen this look too many times before.

“We can cut the timber and float it down to the saw mill. It will save time and get us closer to fixing that behemoth.”

“What if one of those big logs smashes into the remaining supports?” Nolan asked.

“We’ll just have to guide it so it doesn’t,” Finn answered.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn more about the villain in The Steel Horse Saviors, Quentin Rollins.


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