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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



His memories of New England various,

Were by and large vicarious…

Mostly pictures he saw

with interest and awe,

His chances of a visit–hilarious!

Point of fact he was too young,

Couldn’t drive himself even some…

The eight-hour ride

Once a summer left wide,

Window for relevant magazines to come!

Still his interest grew,

Past the time when he knew…

This paint scheme was gone,

these ALCOs moved on.

But the history he wanted to view.

Found an N scale engine thus,

Painted just like this—a plus–

To re-enact

Historical fact,

Without too much fuss!

–Jonathan Caswell



(Image of a Housatonic Railroad RS-3m  found on Google)

A long-held modelers’ dream,

Doing custom modeling…

Certain railroads

Extended locos,

Lives economically!

RS-3 diesel engines on the main

Were rather hard to maintain…

EMD units

In crashes came though it,

These newer engines to the RS-3 came.

The ALCO RS-3’s “two-forty-four”

Diesel engines were used no more…

They put an EMD

Into the RS-3,

Made a hybrid which lasted years more!

This modeler’s vision is fading,

Tiny N scale’s quite a lading…

Too much for me

Small parts to see,

The project he’s begun evading.

–Jonathan Caswell



Aurora went into trains,

Memory of this one remains…

In N scale,

It would not fail,

But burnt one out hauling heavy scrap metal remains!

It hauled heavy loads up a hill,

Seven and one half percent, by sheer will…

Drive wheels slipped

At too steep a tip,

A break in a rail stalled and it stopped still.

For parts I bought two or three,

It runs near endlessly….

A blast from the past

Whose heritage lasts,

My MINITRIX Li’l Donkey!

–Jonathan Caswell


IMAGE from: model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/10313

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


Receiving the next-to-last one,

The end of my buying fun…

Things are tight

More bills in sight,

Peddle harder to make this hill run!

A purple Baldwin it’s not,

But a neat SANTA FE, I got…

Edged in yellow

He is a cute fellow,

Saving him a display spot!

I suppose my three should look the same,

A fleet with my railroad’s name…

But a collector,

Not railroad inspector,

Purchased all three as they came.

As switchers they’ll do fine,

With lots of work on the line…

But ALCO rules,

In bigger schools,

“Fishing” for freight all the time!

–Jonathan Caswell

(Railpictures.net image)