RIDDEN OUT OF TOWN ON A RAIL


What ever happened to the CMStP&P?
Did those Milwaukee Road employees ever buy it?

Was anyone at home on the Duluth, Mesabe & Iron Range?
Did Seaboard Air Line have a place for planes to fly at?

Could anyone spell MStP&SSM?
Why did they pronounce "Sault" as "Soo?"

What train befitted shoeshine boys from Tennessee?
If a Canadian needed CPR what would he do?

Northeasterners should recall the NYNH&H --
The Bangor & Aroostook's steamer still rules the rails,

The tall diesel-electrics made by Fairbanks-Morse
Have disappeared like Astaire's top hat and tails,

Does anyone except me recall the WI&M? --
Budd car queen of north Idaho's panhandle,

The Potlatcher's brassy horn still fills my ears with strident sound,
To Mr. Davis' job none could hold a candle.

by D. Edgar Murray 06/01/2000.