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Rearranging to see,

Works best imaginarily…

Power plants offstage

Are all the rage,

Illusion necessarily!

The said industrial lead,

Curving into a mirror succeeds…

At least for my eyes

Suggest beyond lies,

The  rail yard a power plant needs.

Between a mill and old store,

Rail cars are parked, one or more…

Coal and limestone

Go “in” and are “gone”*

Wood chips,old tires and more!

Some places burn up trash,

N scale neighbors objected fast!

Objecting to smell–

And vermin, they tell–

But  they’re okay with biomass!

*Gone…cars picked up by hand and replaced by outbound empties or out-coming fly fly-ash and scrap metal.


(Google Image of the wood chip-fueled power plant in Burlington, Vermont. U.S.A.)

On the layout, in N scale,

Energy alternatives prevail…

Wood chips and gas

From biomass,

With coal on the side if they fail.

Th’unloading facilities modeled,

Smaller and neatly bottled…


For energy,

Wisely and carefully throttled!

Photo-backdrops provide,

Give hints of the plants nearby…

One could say

It’s an energetic way,

Simulating utility pride!

–Jonathan Caswell