Saturday Stories – Bob The Railway Dog

Bob the Railway Dog

Bob sitting atop the Railway Train | State Library of South Australia, B 6422 | Public domain| via Wikimedia Commons

This is the true story of Bob the railway dog, an Australian stray dog from the 1880s. He ended up very famous for his love of trains. In the picture above, you can see him sitting on top of the train. 🙂

Bob always loved trains. Even though he was a stray, he always used to hang around the train station and follow railway workers to and from work. Eventually, even though he wasn’t causing any harm, Bob was caught by a dogcatcher and was scheduled to be put down. Luckily he was rescued at the last minute by one of the railway workers who’d grown to love him.

Bob’s new pal was a train driver and took him on every train journey with him. He couldn’t have been happier as they traveled around Australia together! Sadly, however, his master got a promotion and wasn’t able to look after Bob anymore. He wasn’t dismayed though. He’d loved riding trains with his former master so much that he took it upon himself to carry on his new hobby alone.

Over the years Bob was a welcome sight to many as he hopped on and off trains in South Australia. Sometimes he wanted his own carriage and at other times he travelled with the other passengers. The railway workers all ended up knowing him by name and all knew to leave him to his own devices.

Bob’s exploits eventually earned him fame and celebrity-status. He attended meals organised in his name as a guest of honour. One train station even bought him a special bracelet with his name engraved and instructions telling readers to let him go where he wanted. He continued to ride trains for the rest of his life, bringing joy to all that saw him.

Chris Green

About the Author: Chris Green works in the office at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs, using his technical expertise to assist wherever needed. In his spare time he likes playing guitar and bass, and hiking around Dartmoor.

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