by Larry (the bear II)
A favorite RV spot is located about 30 feet from active railroad tracks. We have camped here many times and are very familiar with the trains and the noise they make. The ground shakes and the rumble of a heavily loaded freight train is what I imagine a tornado sounds like.
We invited a non-RV couple to come along with us on a weekend camping trip to our favorite spot. They agreed and we left after work on Friday. By the time we arrived at the spot and got setup it was dark. We roasted hotdogs over the campfire for dinner, spent some time watching the stars and then turned in for the night. For some unknown reason not one train had gone by the entire evening. This is usually a very busy rail route.
We had not told our friends about the proximity of the railroad tracks.
We settled into bed, they in the dinnette bed and we in our bed. Around midnight, I could hear a train coming so I began rocking back and forth, my wife caught on to what I was doing and she joined in. We had the trailer rocking pretty good just about the time the train was getting to us. The noise of the train was tremendous, it was a long freight train.
Our friends jumped out of bed ran outside screaming. They thought the train was going to hit the trailer.
It was a funny sight seeing them standing out in the cold in their PJ’s watching the freight train go by.
They never accepted another invitation to go camping with us……we’re still friends though.