It was April twenty-first of two thousand one --
Northern Pacific depot in Ritzville.
Morse Telegraph Club had Vibroplexes in place --
There seemed to be no dearth of telegraphic traffic --
Each writer had his own unique description of the setting
Some two hours late, after modern trains had passed
A modern diesel unit had the vintage train in tow --
It was not the biggest steamer that SP&S ever had --
But this surviving engine -- we knew its number and name --
Our Amateur wizard -- a friendly gent named Don
The skill was quickly learned -- a few basic letters.
It has been known to fail -- reliving past glory.
But no one can ever tell us that 700 is not a winner --
by D. Edgar Murray 04/22/2001.