Category Archives: a full-length passenger car

“RAILROAD”: APPLE SAUCE!

Familiar with these railroad lines,

Central New York State on time…

Delivery pursuit

Of harvested fruit,

Just up my interest line!

One brand using rail there is MOTT’S,

Applesauce, canned fruit, lots…

Activity

The railroad’s busy,

Pulling loads from loading spots.

My friends, Jim and Cornelia Mead,

Who on our Honeymoon guaranteed…

A ride on their train

A kind gesture of them,

I helped Tioga Central* succeed!

Jim Mead and Ontario Lines,

There railroad experience finds…

And Number Fourteen

Was obtained through them,

For “our” Museum on the main line!

–Jonathan Caswell

*See “NUMBER FOURTEEN’S FANCY DRES”, posted July 3rd.

The Tioga Central Railroad ran excursion trains and later freight trains out of Owego, New York, in conjunction with the nearby Tioga Transportation Museum.

 

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OH GIVE ME A HOME (RAIL NUT VERSION)

Oh give me a home

Where the minstrels roam

And trains are filling each car…

Where coal smoke is fine

Up and down the line

And you’re glad for where you are!

Home, Home on the train,

Whether diesel or steam the same…

Electric, too, painted red white and blue

And America isn’t disdained!

–Jonathan caswell

 

OF TIMES PAST

An ancient postcard emerges,

Prompting history’s dirges…

But look there

At cleaner air,

Except when engine smoke surges!

Today it’s an abandoned line,

The neighborhood isn’t so fine…

On a back street

Likely meet,

Some various crime.

A group wanted to run

This branch for profit and fun…

The winning project–

Walking trails I suspect–

In fact they may be nearly done.

–Jonathan Caswell

 

 

FACING DOWN NIGHTMARES

My Dad stood staring

At the headlight close at hand…

Shining through the rear coach door,

I didn’t understand.

As Mom told me later,

He was facing down his fears…

Of being run over by a train

When he was but eight years.

The car his Dad was driving

Became a crumpled heap…

The sight of the headlight overhead

In the mist he buried deep.

His Dad was killed outright

While he was hurt bad

Taking months of recovery

That awful memory he had!

I didn’t realize on excursion runs

With steam he would stand there so…

Facing down his deepest fear

And telling it to go!

–Jonathan Caswell

 

CHECKING BRIDGE CLEARANCES!**

ABOVE:  a NEW HAVEN RAILROAD Rail Diesel Car*  (BING IMAGE)

Worked on the Train layout,

An N scale one laying about (!)…

An eleven-inch curve

On his truss bridge (what nerve!),

Just happened to work out.

His N scale RDC*,

Rolled through easily…

Cemented the track

So it won’t spring back,

Prevented catastrophe!

A scale Eighty-five feet-

Long (N scaled) from his passenger fleet…

It took that curve

With nary a swerve,

His work in that end is near-complete!

–Jonathan Caswell

**NOTE:  He actually used a double track truss bridge which he shortened and removed the original two tracks from to lay his 11-inch model track curve inside—a bridge like the one below:

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Image source: ebay.

WHAT SAYS “NEW ENGLAND” ?

My model layout wanders it seems

Away from cherished themes…

What for you

Says “New England” too,

Beyond operational schemes?

 Does NISSEN BREAD,

MOXIE, barns red,

SPAGS and stores

With “colonial” decors,

Monuments to Revolutionary dead?

Dairies and granite quarries

In earlier days held stories…

Ice cream and views

Along the Turnpike count too,

And whaling ship stories!

Broad “a’s” in speech,

A Kennedy’s reach…

Where Plymouth Rock stays

And Sturbridge Village ways

Are preserved to history teach!

So for my small train set,

What industries are best…

Beverages and rock salt

Metals, food stuffs sought,

And historic touristy nests?

Gravel still travels by train,

Lumber and minerals same…

Environmental ire

Has dampened coal fired

Power plants, but garbage still flames!

A water-powered mill

And museum of trains fit the bill…

For small excursions

Of rich incursions into filling the local till!

Do you think I’ll have enough room,

I figure some things will die soon…

New England gives

And takes to live,

But survival cannot be assumed!

–Jonathan Caswell

BACKYARD RAILWAY

If I were rich–I’m not–

Land taxes will be a shot…

A riding railway

I’d build to display,

‘Though maintaining it takes a lot!

I wanted to haul firewood,

But exercise does me more good…

Wheel barrow loads

Became my “railroad”,

Till we lost the land for good.

–Jonathan Caswell

(Google Image)

THE “JOY OF WIRING?”

Wiring my  layout N scale,

Electric efforts fail…

I like dreaming

industry scheming,

But not putting wire to rail!

Tried a professional job,

The timing and wait played hob…

with my funds

My skills poorly done,

It didn’t work out, there Bob!

Now back on my own,

Have to manage alone…

Diorama \’s cleared

Bare layout’s appeared,

I have to get this done!

–Jonathan Caswell

Photo by the author–a portion of his N scale train layout.

WHO’S THE BIGGEST NOW?

European and Yank,

Vie for most layout cranked…

Out in area

Trackage hysteria,

Each want to be higher ranked!

The winners are folks with a notion

To see trains both sides of an ocean…

Berlin–New Jersey,

Colorado…have mercy!

A wealth of details for promoting!

The model of Russia is neat,

And It’s female presenters so sweet…

All this on You tube

(The troika’s been lubed)…

A visit to THERE would be neat!

–Jonathan Caswell

BACK—TO A SCRAP METAL YARD!

Layout planning changes,

History one rearranges…

In the seventies around here

Boats to carry scrap appeared,

In Boston to be filled before market price changes.

When a boat arrived

all area scrap yards came alive…

To fill this boat

all would devote,

A few weeks and then stay alive.

Thus like grain or snow,

Scrapyards have seasonal flow…

Like winter for salt

In autumn would start,

Ship arrival told when to load.

Where was this metal heading,

Japanese car makers  getting…

Ready to sell

More cars that kept well,

Unlike the American vetting!

Rolling stock needed I’ll use,

Body shells from old “choo-choos”…

A yard with two tracks,

‘Though I might take one back,

Lots of switching for short line train crews!

–Jonathan Caswell

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–Jonathan Caswell