THE AMERICAN SCENE


In the fifties there was a dining car
Named, "The American Scene,"

It plied Union Pacific between Spokane and Portland --
Eastbound Twenty and westbound Nineteen,

From the mainline at Hinkle to that Oregon city
It was part of The Portland Rose,

The train went south of the mighty Columbia,
Then westward as far as it goes,

This writer was a railroad telegrapher --
Often gave them clearance and orders,

Those yellow trains had two senior conductors:
"2-T" and "1-T" Waters,

Today the operators and trains are gone --
I left in sixty-one, seeking job satisfaction,

No telegraph sounders or train whistles are heard --
The American Scene is a railroad club attraction.

by D. Edgar Murray 05/28/2000.