The horse, cart, car, motorbike, train and a dog

Do you know the origin of this story ?

I was told this story at a NARPO event (National Association for Retired Police Officers).  Apparently the person to whom I was talking had come across it whilst researching a General Occurrence book.  I was so entertained by the story that I failed to pose the crucial question.  Where did this happen and when and in which document is it recorded ?


One day a horse and a cart drew up at a level crossing somewhere in the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford.  They waited as the barrier closed for  a train to go by.  In the meantime a very grand and expensive car drew up to wait in line behind the horse and cart.  To add to the range of vehicles waiting for the train to pass, a large motorbike drew up alongside the horse and cart, startling the horse which reared, backed the cart and its contents onto the bonnet of the very expensive car and in the confusion the motorcyclist fell off his bike trapping his leg under his bike.

Fortunately, for every one concerned, a sympathetic dog walker saw it all happen and came to the rescue.  Having tied his dog up carefully he came over to extract people from vehicles.  In the meantime the train, for which they were all waiting, steamed past and the barrier at the level crossing went up.

Unfortunately the dog walker had tied his dog to the barrier. The poor dog was hung !

No one would believe you if you made that story up !  I don’t know if my retelling is entirely accurate but if you know of this story I would like to hear from you.


This page was added on 14/07/2015.

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