This week’s mega short-story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a shunting locomotive near Napier harbour.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.

New Zealand's toy trains in action...
New Zealand’s toy trains in action…

In one of the ironies of history, New Zealand’s railways are just over metre gauge – specifically, 3’6″ – which makes them about three-quarter size. Irony? Sure. Back in 1868, the government committee considering a national rail system recommended any gauge except that one. But it was cheap. And we’ve been paying the price for that penury ever since, one way or another.

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