Jeffery got the freight train to Portland on time. It was 3 AM when he arrived, and everything was dark. He was just about to uncouple his engines from the train, when he saw a mare laying close to the tracks, by two Northern Pacific diesels. Why she was there seemed like a mystery to Jeff, so he decided to investigate.
Jeff: Who's there?
Mare: *Looks up* Do you work for the Union Pacific?
Jeff: Yeah, and I'm proud of it.
Mare: Well I'm Nicole. My special somepony named Ike is with me in this locomotive. We ran out of fuel, and we're trying to get away.
Jeff: But why are you here?
Nicole: We're escaping.
Jeff: From what?
Jeff: *Shivers* Wait a minute. Do you work for the Northern Pacific?
Nicole: I used too, but then I got fired. My boss threatened to kill me, so me, and my special somepony stole these two engines from them.
Jeff: Alright, I'll be glad to help. We gotta make it look like we're taking those engines away for scrap though.
Nicole: Got it.
So they got to work. Jeff uncoupled his engines from the freight train, and left it in the siding, while he got his engines coupled up to Nicole's engines. While doing this, Ike was making markings on Nicole's engine, saying scrap.
Nicole: Don't you think it's dangerous to drive that train backwards?
Jeff: I don't have enough time to turn this thing around on a turntable, so here we go.
Nicole & Ian: *Climb into engine*
Jeff: *Drives backwards*
Railroad Police Pony: *Looking at train*
Railroad Police Pony: *Blows whistle*
Jeff: *Stops train*
Railroad Police Pony: A-ha! Caught ya trying to take two Northern Pacific diesels. You can't take those!
Jeff: But they're for the U.P. See for yourself.
Railroad Police Pony: *Looking around train* Alright, seems in order. Go ahead.
Jeff: *Drives away*
Nicole: *Looks out cab*
Jeff: *Shouting from his engine to Nicole's engine* Can you hear me?!
Jeff: That was close!!!
Nicole: We had worse! I'll tell 'em to you when we get to where we're going.
And so, the three ponies continued on to Cheyenne, as the sun was rising.
When they arrived at Cheyenne, it was 6 AM.
Jeff: We're home!
Percy: *Sees Jeff arrive with Nicole, and Ike in the Northern Pacific diesels* Jeff, what did you do?!
Jeff: I rescued a couple of ponies from getting arrested for no reason.
Percy: Good for you.
One hour later at the station, Jeff told everypony about Nicole, and Ike.
Coffee Crème: Interesting, very interesting.
Gordon: Jeffery should tell Pete about this at once.
Pete: *Arrives* Well here he is. Now what's going on?
Mirage: With all due respect Pete, we need another pony to help us out.
Gordon: Or two if necessary.
Pete: Well, unless one pony gets rescued from being arrested for being a mare, and brings somepony else with her, there's little hope.
Jeff: But sir, one has.
Pete: Right, and thanks to you Jeff she's now working for us. You did a great job getting those two to join us.
Now Nicole, and Ike work for the Union Pacific Railroad. They work together on driving trains, and sometimes when they drive a train, others will call their train the Northern Union Pacific. Nicole, and Ike both like the nick name, and so it has stuck to them to this very day.
On the next episode of Ponies On The Rails
Mirage deals with another bus driver.
Jeff taking Nicole, and Ike to Cheyenne in the train.