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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




(Time to swap bodies!)

As  the N scale railroad,s done

Another project’s begun…..

Swapping bodies

For favorite oddities,

Making sure they all run!

I like certain railroads,

Locomotives painted for those roads…

Those body shells

Are switched as well,

Like putting on different coats.

I have enough locos to change,

And body shells to re-arrange…

Once all is complete

I’ll have a whole fleet

Of favorites for my railroad’s interchange.

–Jonathan Caswell