If you've ever wanted to be the victim of a good, old-fashioned train robbery, the Florida Railroad Museum has just the event for you.
Four times this weekend, passengers on the museum's train will get to experience a robbery by the Hole in the Head Gang (a nod to the Hole in the Wall Gang, which included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in case you're not up on your Old West outlaw history). The gang has apparently heard that there's some kind of valuable shipment on board the train, and they're intent on keeping it from reaching its intended destination.
It's all play-acting, of course, but just in case the action gets a little scary, make-believe members of the U.S. Marshal Service will be on hand to protect the passengers and the loot.
It all takes place on the on the museum's heritage railroad, which takes passengers on a six-mile trek around Manatee County on a restored train that includes locomotives that go back to the early 1950s and cars from the 1920s.
If you can't make it to this weekend's train robbery, the Florida Railroad Museum plans to do it all over again the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Details: Sept. 27-28, Nov. 29-30, Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish. Show times: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets: $16 adults, $12 children 3-12. Information: 941-776-0906, frrm.org.
-- Marty Clear