Tag Archives: railroad museum

DOCENT’S WINGS

DOCENT’S WINGS

It’s been a while since docent.s wings

I have tried to fly…

Memorizing history

When questions start to fly.

Along the way I try to walk

Oh so carefully…

Among rails and kitten tails

And bicycles to see!

The museum I once knew*

Is boarded up right now…

Trains run by and those rails sigh,

Missing the old crowds.

–Jonathan Caswell

* museum I once knew…was the Tioga Transportation Museum, out of Flemingville, NY, U.S.A.–actively staffed in the 1980’s, until the owner of the museum lost running rights on that section of railroad in favor of another company taking over both excursion and freight service.

WAITING FOR THE WAGON

WAITING FOR THE WAGON

The Wells Fargo wagon

In the musical, MUSIC MAN…

Brought anticipation

For every boy and man.

Raisins from Fresno

Or maybe cross-cut saw…

Instruments for the Professor,

Deliveries met with awe.

I’m awaiting delivery

Of a very special gift…

For myself (the wife okayed)

To my attitude lift.

Other things have come

From other companies…

But it hasn’t yet arrived

And I am in the lees.

An ALCO S-2, in N scale,

From a good company…

It hasn’t come while other things

Have come already!

I wanted one with zebra stripes

Looking close to the one we had…

At our railroad museum

‘Though the colors are off a tad.

My model passenger station

Is painted like that one then…

I’d love to run a tourist train,

Even if it is scaled “N”.

So I’m waiting for my package,

I’ll check if the bill’s been paid…

It sure would be disappointing

Given all the dreams I’ve laid!

–Jonathan Caswell