As we waited to board the Steam engine train, several men in black appeared in front of the jail. Of course I went to talk and Madly Snap! I said to the man standing in front of the jail:
"Are you the sheriff that will protect us from the train robbers?" his reply:
"No, but I am a US Marshal and I can ARREST a sheriff, and yes we are here to protect you" WHAT FUN!
We all boarded the train and walking with us were not one but FIVE US Deputy Marshals, I figured it would be a really bad gang that would try to rob us with that many gunfighters on board. they were all heavily armed, shotguns and pistols. I might mention here my fetish for guns. I told you I love Westerns and Lawmen but did not mention my love for guns. I learned to shoot a rifle at age 8.
We all found our seats and the train started rockin and rollin and the Marshals filled the aisles walking up and down and chatting with us.
Enter this Marshal and his Lady. (they are married in their for real life) are you asking yourself how I know that? well, of course I talked with them and questioned them. I even found out she was usually a saloon girl but due to our COLD SNAP he had to buy her the velvet dress and let her ride the train to keep warm(she said she refused to play unless he got her something warm to wear). When you see the saloon in the next post, you will understand this comment.
More Fun! every where we looked we saw our protectors and as we rode the rails suspense built!
Let me plug one of my favorite USA shows IN PLAIN SIGHT
The show is about Mary Shannon and Marshall Mann, US Deputy Marshals putting people into the witness protection program.
They don't look like these marshals, but I do love them anyway
You might notice below here that my camera kept following the one with the most guns and ammo belt, his rife had feathers hanging on it and he let me examine it.
Below is a close up of the rifle with the feathers.
TRUE FACTS OF USMS
The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is a United States federal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice and is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States
U.S. marshals and deputy marshals provide the Federal courts with protection while making sure the judicial system operates correctly. Their job description includes shielding Federal witnesses, transferring Federal prisoners, providing security for Federal judiciary, and supervising criminal enterprise assets in custody. They have the broadest range of authority of all Federal law enforcement agencies and work in virtually every Federal law enforcement endeavor. U.S. marshals also track and apprehend Federal fugitives.
U.S. Marshals are responsible for arresting over 55% of federal fugitives, more than all the other federal agencies combined.