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This modeler became chipper,

Receiving a new rail clipper…

Now his joints there

Were reasonably square,

Gandy dancers didn’t snicker.

When testing his track found a glitch,

Replaced the oldest train switch…

Threw it away

In the garbage to stay?

New track kept trains from the ditch!

Rebuilt the long run-around,

Whose rail joints were now sound…

Good symmetry

From track brands (three-?),

No rail cars hit the ground.

Those huge rough-soldered leads,

Of wires to rail have needs…

Alternative means

Or file them down clean,

Then soon we start planting fake weeds!

–Jonathan Caswell



Spike-by-spike track moves forward,

Tie-by-tie covering land…

Commerce miniature shaping progress,

Focussed on each task at hand.

N scale track fits in places

Thought impossible before…

Problem-solving special cases

Suddenly end a war.

Challenges are remeasured,

Answers spring up after years…

Of discouraged gandy dancers

Saying, “Should we put track here?”

Certain tracks convoluted,

Are snaked out of many knots…

A spaghetti layout substituted

With a track plan having open spots!

Nail or gluing down by spot tack,

Ensures things won’t hit the floor…

As designers fix a problem

Cracks in bench work–nothing more!

Decided to go for a turntable,

Switching ends is lots of fun…

Plus the matter  of train couplers

Certain engines not in front.

Up- or downstream is the question,

When portraying waterfalls…

It’s confused with flexible planning–

Which end up when nature calls?

Fictional, yet firmly planted

In the villages near home…

‘Though they never had a railroad

They’ll be blessed by boiler foam.

N scale progress sure and steady

After years of certain doubt…

Soon we hope it will be ready

For this railroad’s “coming out”!!!

–Jonathan Caswell