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Today in Rip Payne

1 Feb

I thought I’d do something a little different today, so we are going to play a little game of “Choose Your Own Adventure.”  In addition to being one of the coolest things to play/read as a child, this allows me to potentially escape the fate of running into another wrecked train (SPOILER ALERT!) after writing a Rip Payne post about it.  More on that later…

So for those of you who have never played, here’s the rules:

I give you two options and you pick between them, then get served the Rip Payne you deserve for picking that.  This is going to be a lot clearer than the typical Choose Your Own Adventure scenario wherein, without doubt, I always ended up getting killed or in some other terrible disaster.

Here’s your scenario:

Its almost noon o’clock, and you get to read an awesome Rip Payne blog post.  If you are having a rough day, and would like a random happy picture to cheer you up, please see Chapter 1 below.  If you are having a good day, and feel ready to take on the world, good, bad, ugly, and all, please scroll down to the bottom the page (Chapter 2).  You will still get some happiness on the way.  If you are having such a bad day that only other people’s mistakes//random acts of destruction could possibly make you feel happy, please scroll down to Chapter 2.  Don’t even bother looking at Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

Mrs. Dan Townsend's Birthday Cake, 1945

Chapter 2

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

Train Wreck at Orange, VA, 1965

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Today in Rip Payne

19 Jan

On this day in 1970, mayhem struck at Rio Station.  A train on the Southern Railroad, now the Norfolk Southern Railway, wrecked near the old depot (and not to be confused with the Rio Hill, the Civil War battleground located on the site of the present Rio Hill Shopping Center).  It appears that the damage was minor, at least externally.  Nonetheless, police, firefighters, half a dozen other men, and the photographer, Rip Payne, all gathered around to inspect the damage and fix the train.

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