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(Photo–by the author—of his N scale switching layout, the right-hand end)

It is the end and beginning,

Both ends have the modeler grinning…

Mirrors no smoke

Play tricks on folk,

This end faced some trimming!

At one time our back room,

Was for its display we assumed…

For it to fit

I shortened it a bit,

The “tail tracks” were thus groomed.

Powered by coal and wood chips,

A research power plant slips…

In right here…

Or over there,

About it I’ve made up news clips!

The red “bridge” at lower right,

A bulk transfer available at night…

Sky lights in roof

Will give the proof,

Once the building’s in sight.

On the track heading back toward the church,

Will be “NORMAN’S” where I once worked,

Far from exact

But with the switchback,

The real one had…and it still worked.

What once was a pond for a mill,

On the front edge–a road uphill…

For trucks of salt “and”

Distribution as planned,

From the salt shed that isn’t yet built!

–Jonathan Caswell



(on his N scale  model train layout)

Determined to start building,

He spiked down the mirrored yard…

It needed measures precisely

Just sticking to it–not hard!

Unhooked another rail section,

It had to be re=aligned…

He’ll have to spike or glue it down–

The home engineers won’t mind.

He’s found a place for the grist mill,

With turning waterwheel…

It may seem a little hokey

But it has that tourist appeal.

The team track at Whitinsville Machine Works

Doesn’t seem very long…

Three-to-four cars is the most it’ll take

but we’ll have to get along!

–Jonathan Caswell



My N scale spree nearly through,

Just waiting on an ALCO RS-2…

Two RS-3s

Need payment please,

I promise these are the last two!

Need a display for runs

Of two or three trains at once…

By Christmas’d be fine

Double-track main line

Is a “GO” with appropriation of funds.

–Jonathan Caswell

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He wanted to buy a train

Lettered for “BOSTON AND MAINE”…

All the ones

Were limited runs

He never could catch again.

Considered as a purist,

He modeled a train for tourists…

“N” scale in fact,

He laid his track

Intentions were the demurest!

He found two coaches on-line,

On reserve he thought it fine…

To wait and see–


He said, “they could be mine.”

Meanwhile, for other things

He fancied, the register rings…

Sickness struck

And out of luck

He gave up his B & M dreams!

–Jonathan Caswell