Category Archives: commuter trains

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

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MODEL TRAIN MYSTERY*

*(OR IS THE POET JUST BEING LAZY…?)

He trimmed the base of E.H.,

To fit ’round  his un-built T.T…..

Using long-radius T.O.s

So steamers will run comfortably’.

Washington Mills Abrasive

Won’t fit on a switch back spur…

He’ll have to trim a L-H. T.O.

If he wants it to fit, as it were!

A simplified spur to the bakery

Allows a four-car capacity…

No room for corn syrup tank cars,

Would a diverging spur that guarantee?

The bridge over troubled waters—

The waters are on a slant–

Can he build a dam to prove he can

Reconfigure its cant?

The mills he wants to represent:

Stone, wood and brick…

Most will be pictured on back walls,

His illusion…will it stick?

He’s thought of a way to represent

A shed for both coal and salt…

The end of a power plant portrayed

Steam pipes carry power aloft!

All of this on a tiny layout

In proportion to his dreams…

With sleight of hand illusion abounds

For N scale layout schemes.

–Jonathan Caswell

*Mystery solved!  E.H. = Engine House; T.T.= (a railroad) Turn Table…for turning locomotive around;  T.O.= Turn-Out track…to switch the train to another set of rails;  L-H. = Left-Hand Turnout…track diverges to the left for a straight set of rails.  “Cant” = laying on an angle—not level.  “N scale” = models that are 1/160-th of full size.

CHANGING TREE TANKA

CHANGING TREE TANKA

Colors start to pop,

Trees shut down their leaves’ supply…

Green leaves turn colors:

Morphology is working

Just the same in ev’ry year!

–J.E.C.

People come from far

And near…”peeping” foliage…

Brighter is better:

Bus loads come en mass to shop.

Local business harvests crops!

–J.E.C.

A final push all

Benefit from folderol…

Festivals light skies:

Candied apples and brown bread

Folks ready for winter dead.

–J.E.C.

Railroad excursions,

Northeast woodland incursions…

Train cars filled with joy:

Steam or diesel pull the trains,

Nostalgic commerce makes gains!

–Jonathan Caswell

DO YOU THINK I HAVE ENOUGH???

DO YOU THINK I HAVE ENOUGH???

Finding room is getting rough,

Do you think I have enough…

One more dream

Fulfilled as schemed,

Engines that run but don’t puff.

Can’t run more than two at a time,

Embodying memories sublime…

Reaching the end

Of finances, friend,

Over-spending is a crime.

–Jonathan Caswell

COMING NEAR THE END–HAIKU COLLECTION

COMING NEAR THE END–A COLLECTION OF HAIKU

Coming near the end,

Winter storm winds whimper out…

Hardware stores sell seeds.

Coming near the end,

Nursing tapers off to nought…

Foot wound scabs fall off.

Coming near the end,

Wonders in night skies…

Prophesy hopes grow.

Coming near the end,

Vigorous manhood fades off…

Women menopause.

Coming near the end…

Persecution of Christ’s Way,

False prophets gain power!

Coming near the end…

Commuter trains did poorly,

Can that company?

Coming near the end…

Ideas flowing slowly,

My battery’s low!

–Jonathan Caswell