*(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.
*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.