They all climbed on to the top of the , and then suddenly there was a rumbling sound that made them look along the line to the right, where the mouth of a tunnel opened itself in the face of a rocky cliff; next moment a had rushed out of the tunnel with a shriek and a , and had slid noisily past them.

They felt the rush of its passing, and the pebbles on the line and rattled under it as it went by.

“Oh!” said Roberta, drawing a long ; “it was like a great dragon tearing by. Did you feel it fan us with its wings?”

“I suppose a dragon’s lair might look very like that tunnel from the ,” said Phyllis.

But Peter said “I never thought we should ever get as to a train as this. It’s the most ripping !


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