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HIS TRAIN LAYOUT IS “P.C.”

His N scale model railway,

Unfinished to this day…

Is labeled P.C.

Not politically,

But “Procrastination Central”, he’d say!

So much on it still to do,

Each project is almost half-through…

Keeps changing direction

On theme selection,

Rearranging things as if on cue

HE THINKS…he’s nailed it down,

His scrap plastic pile’s quite a mound…

Rough kitbashing

Some parts go missing,

On which  he won’t expound!

–Jonathan Caswell

 

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WILL IT FIT…AND A 9 3/4 INCH RADIUS?

With stone bridge sides still A.W.O.L.

Different arrangements call…

A short truss bridge

Adjusting a smidge,

Would work…moving back a wall!

Perhaps temporary trestling,

On the curve over water jostling…

Itself down a chute

Powering a mill cute,

It’s waterwheel squeaking and sploshing.

Pictured is a prototype truss,

From somewhere impressive to us…

A little short thing

Maybe all I can swing,

A little one may fit…just!

Jonathan Caswell

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.

IT’S BASICALLY WIRED–NOW WHAT?

One weekend he was inspired

To get his train layout wired…

Rough-looking but done

Will see if trains run,

A new form of play’s been sired!

A bridge o’er the Mumford is out,

Waiting for a trestle no doubt…

And a river bed too

But not painted blue,

More green-black-brown comes out.

Operations will be by car type,

Three kinds of covered hoppers in mind…

Each has its place

And new routes to trace,

Salt, coal foodstuffs follow lines.

And then there’s the question of power,

A different engine every hour…?

With many road names

It’s a shame,

It’s a short line with lots of power!

–Jonathan Caswell

OVER-THINKING IS BAD

OVER-THINKING IS BAD

Been planning the layout for years,

Each major new idea tears…

The whole apart

Forcing restart,

Not finishing needed repairs.

The model train layout  aging,

Has over time been changing…

As new ideas

Put the old in arrears,

That anything is done is amazing!

Planning for balance traffic,

It’s hard keeping everything static….

Many kinds

Of cars in mind,

Some service will be deliberately erratic.

He’s finalized the track

Design and won’t go back…

Getting to run

Will be more fun,

He’s got a good power pack!

–J0nathan Caswell

IS IT STILL NOT READY?

IS IT STILL NOT READY?

I spent an hour or two

Working on the “choo-choo”…

Rearranging track

Trying to get back

To what I’d originally thought through.

You know–it’s changed over time–

According to reason or rhyme…

Spurs* tend to be

Significantly

And frequently changed over time!

I’m going less and less “real”

There’s only so much I can steal…

And fit in my space,

Getting smaller apace,

Or at least that;s how it feels!

Like danging participles,**

I must simplify principles…

Nothing sticking off

The edge–for a cough

To push rolling stock away!

Within my imaginary scheme,

I wonder, which way is upstream…

The way I’d assume

There isn’t enough room

For the stone woolen mill of my dream?

There’s never enough room for everything,

My New England layout I’ve got to “wing”…***

Train switching is fine

If it’s usable some time,

Maybe then…I’ll hear the angels sing!

–Jonathan Caswell

* Spurs…spur tracks…** participles…grammatical devices in English…*** Wing, or to wing it…improvise

NOW THAT OUR MESS IS GONE…!

NOW THAT OUR MESS IS GONE…!

When our clutter was cleared away,

I kept my model train display…

It needs engineering

For better appearing,

More stable in every way.

I want to add another half

And add a oval-shaped path…

Continous-running

Is so becoming,

I’ll need a train schedule graph!

A little train staging yard

On the other side isn’t hard…

My place to fiddle

Train cars in the middle

Of trains going only so far.

Train switching for some is fine,

But I need a running train line…

For me it’s more fun

Watching them run

Than switching trains all the time!

–Jonathan Caswell

Image an example of a train layout… http://wolaver.org/