I’d bought a 2-8-0 steamer,
“Consolidation-type” in N scale…
I had one train circle running
And delightedly put this engine on rails!
This BOSTON AND MAINE “2-8-0”
It didn’t travel far…
Before the engine stubbed its toe
And the front wheels went ajar.
My careful but quickly laid track
Was not perfectly smooth….
And like it’s prototype,
The engine wheels hit a cross-groove!
Rough track is anathema
To models with light pilot wheels…
Even the real ones suffered
From extra tight curve squeals!