MOVING SPIKE-BY-SPIKE

MOVING SPIKE-BY-SPIKE

Spike-by-spike track moves forward,

Tie-by-tie covering land…

Commerce miniature shaping progress,

Focussed on each task at hand.

N scale track fits in places

Thought impossible before…

Problem-solving special cases

Suddenly end a war.

Challenges are remeasured,

Answers spring up after years…

Of discouraged gandy dancers

Saying, “Should we put track here?”

Certain tracks convoluted,

Are snaked out of many knots…

A spaghetti layout substituted

With a track plan having open spots!

Nail or gluing down by spot tack,

Ensures things won’t hit the floor…

As designers fix a problem

Cracks in bench work–nothing more!

Decided to go for a turntable,

Switching ends is lots of fun…

Plus the matter  of train couplers

Certain engines not in front.

Up- or downstream is the question,

When portraying waterfalls…

It’s confused with flexible planning–

Which end up when nature calls?

Fictional, yet firmly planted

In the villages near home…

‘Though they never had a railroad

They’ll be blessed by boiler foam.

N scale progress sure and steady

After years of certain doubt…

Soon we hope it will be ready

For this railroad’s “coming out”!!!

–Jonathan Caswell

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