In the fifties there was a dining car
Named, "The American Scene,"
It plied Union Pacific between Spokane and Portland --
From the mainline at Hinkle to that Oregon city
The train went south of the mighty Columbia,
This writer was a railroad telegrapher --
Those yellow trains had two senior conductors:
Today the operators and trains are gone --
No telegraph sounders or train whistles are heard --
by D. Edgar Murray 05/28/2000.