Category Archives: a railfanning girl!

“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

 

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

WHERE MY WIFE’S PEOPLE ARE

If I were to build a train

Layout in my wife’s name…

The Adirondacks

Would supply facts,

So she’d have a familiar game.

Running the D&H,

North Creek Branch  her favored page…

Sawmills and mines,

Hotels all kinds,

During her coming of age!

–Jonathan Caswell

THROUGH THE THERAPY WINDOW:

Through Therapy’s panes,

A building rumble begins…

Rumble to roar
Shaking the floor,

Diesel exhausts to the winds!

Must be a “deadhead” run,

It’s dark when Polar “Expresses” are begun…

Two engines–five cars–

Under the stars

Carries joy to everyone.

A Providence and Worcester train,

Southbound for Santa by name…

Working his spell

Assisted by elves,

Lauded by story book fame!

–Jonathan Caswell

Header Illustration from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce,

 for the Polar Express at:

http://www.blackstonevalleypolarexpress.com

December 23rd is apparently the last day.  😦

PIPPIN SWIPES A TRAIN!

My brother one time had named cats,

For THE LORD OF THE RINGS, like that…

Pippin and Merry,

Frodo was wary,

And sometimes had family spats.

An “HO” track in the table,

Ran it ’round when able…

Train went past–

Pippin swiped fast–

Leaving a boxcar disabled!

Pippin–that tiger-and-white,

Heard the crash and took flight…

We found later

The instigator

Underneath a sofa in fright.

–J.E.C.

(at least I think…it was Pippin?)