Posted by: Jonathan Caswell | June 18, 2011

RAILFAN MEMORIES


FIELDTRIP MEMORIES OF A RAILFAN

From Flemingville we headed south

Through Pennsylvania to the mouth

Of a demo coal mine

In Ashland in time

To ride their steam train, pulling out.

Then back for a trip underground

Where coal miners used to be found,

Or at least what they said…

Low rocks—watch your head…

The electric loco had real sound!

Went next out to Wannamaker

Kempton and Southern to take her,

Standard gauged real steam…

Hear its whistle scream,

Her ash pan needs a fireman to rake her.

We headed back home that night

Real tired, excited in spite

Of extremely long drives

For interesting lives

On the weekends, our prospects were bright.

Our Flemingville, New York, wee train

Would soon be a-running again…

But our steamer was small

To pull much at all,

Especially out on the main!

—Jonathan Caswell


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