He thought of a “figure-8”

Which done one Christmas was great..

Except that “his train”

Was waylaid (the shame!)

By his Dad and Grand Dad…until late!

This figure-eight is folded over,

A little less length to shoulder…

One train twice around

Not crossing to turn ’round,

Common plan in a beginner’s folder.

To make this double track one must use,

A double crossover for two run-throughs…


Both trains are surprised,

When colliding on the one track both use!

Methinks he’s thinking too much

About a simple layout he’ll touch…

On possibilities

So progress will cease,

And he won’t build a thing after thus!

–Jonathan Caswell





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