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THE GRAFTON AND UPTON “CF-7”

THE GRAFTON AND UPTON “CF-7″*

My boss wanted to view,

An engine painted “G & U”…

In railfan heaven

This CF-7,*

Is appreciated, too!

–Jonathan Caswell

The “CF-7” is the product of taking all useable parts of an EMD E-7 diesel electric locomotive, adding new and remanufactured parts, to produce a locomotive with long and short body hoods in a road-switcher format…in the mid-to late 1960’s

The Atchison Topeka and Santa Railroad rebuilt many of their F-7’s this way and many of these rebuilds still haul freight for short line railroads, like the Grafton and Upton. The Pioneer Valley Railroad, in Westfield, Mass., has a small fleet of them in operation.

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MULTIPLE TIME PERIODS

MULTIPLE TIME PERIODS

During his train buying spree,

He split into eras, two or three…

Steam, diesel-electric,

Both selected

Not just for tourism–you’ll see!

With all the wonder transpired,

His layout hasn’t been wired…

With this good stuff

Someone called his bluff,

Hot coals underneath him were fired.

Abrasives, bread and coal,

Join plastics, soda , on the roll…

Water treatment too

And textiles run through,

To keep his N scale trains full.

Alternative energy

From woodchips, fly ash, groceries…

Vie with tourist trains

For space on the main,

But the branch line is pure fantasy!

–Jonathan Caswell

A RAILFAN SUPREME!

A RAILFAN SUPREME!

 

His brother, a railfan supreme,

Is helping to fulfill my dream…

To research a line

From before my time,

Can I backdate my modeling to steam?

My station models need paint,

At the moment, authentic they “ain’t”…

Current green and red

To red and white they said,

As for roofs, it’s okay with the slate.

A salt trestle where there was coal,

Would fill a traffic pattern hole…

Many short lines I like

Had a salt traffic spike

Shortly before all that snow.

He’s graciously given me mugs

For my favorite railroad’s heart tugs…

And four books so far,

Nearly new without mar–

I wonder if the New Haven had rugs?

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

 

 

(image from www.waymarking.com )