The Time That I …
The ludicrous amount of paperwork is what saved us. Or the fact that it is possible that no one at the train yard had ever created the documents that would have been needed to handle the situation, or no one would have been able to find them if they had been created. That is what spared us.
We were up to no good, but in a harmless way, so no harm had been done by definition, so nothing was done about us the night I stole a train.