With apologies to Clement Moore...........

friscobob Dec 21, 2007

  1. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    'Twas the Wednesday before Christmas
    And driving his white truck,
    Was Friscobob, our hero,
    Looking for railfanning luck.

    He left Sherman TX
    On a cool frosty morn
    To visit the daughter
    Of his second-oldest born.

    With a load full of toys
    And clothes in his cab
    Our hero rolled north
    On the wide concrete slab.

    His first stop was Wilburton
    Down 270 way,
    Where he saw some neat engines
    That were, he thought, A-OK:


    A B23-7
    A former CSX,
    In RI red & yellow
    Next to two GE wrecks.


    Another B23,
    And a Super-7 rebuild,
    To pull a string of coal hoppers
    And have them all filled

    At an on-line coal loader
    At Red Oak, to the east.
    Then back west to McAlester
    For the Big Yellow Beast.

    This track was once owned
    By the CRI&P, \
    And ran east from New Mexico
    To Memphis, Tennessee.

    It's now still intact to Elk City
    and eastward to Howe,
    But in either direction
    No tracks exist now.


    So on down the highway
    Ran our railfanning hero
    Hoping his KCS chasing
    Would not total zero.

    At a spot north of Heavener
    He came face-to-face
    With a grimy gray engine
    He knew as the "Big Ace"!


    This one locomotive
    Was the sole power for
    A long string of hoppers
    Stretching back more & more.
  2. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    He drove down the road,
    And up ahead, lo-
    A round covered hopper
    From NdeM in Mexico!


    With the old eagle logo
    And the phrase "Unir Servir",
    What an odd-looking car
    To be shot way up here!

    But just as our hero
    Would think he'd seen enough
    Of Mexican railcars
    And other odd stuff,

    At the on-main-line fuel rack
    Sat a trio of SDs
    Each one a bit grimy,
    ANd made by EMD.

    First up was this engine
    From Canada way-
    An old SD40
    In KCS gray.

    And an ex-NdeM diesel
    Still in two-tone blue,
    Sublettered TFM
    And in service, too!

    It once hauled the varnish
    Down Mexico way,
    But now it moves tonnage
    'Cause freight will still pay.

  3. poppy2201

    poppy2201 TrainBoard Member

    Nice pics and nice rendition of the tale!
  4. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

  5. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Lovely...Merry Christmas, Bob
  6. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

    Awesome! Dig the SDP40--I didn't realize how many of these still exist! Only GN and NdeM bought these, right? Didn't Espee buy some SDP's?
  7. Triplex

    Triplex TrainBoard Member

    You're right, only GN and NdeM bought SDP40s. SP bought SDP45s, as did GN and EL, though EL's weren't "true" SDP45s - no steam generators. ACL, L&N, SAL and UP bought SDP35s.

    All SDPs that I know of remaining in regular service have had their steam generators removed. There are the TFM SDP40s, and I think there's at least one left on BNSF. There are some lease SDP45s, but I don't know if any still have 20-cylinder engines. WC had one, but I don't know its fate. As for SDP35s, there's one on shortline Squaw Creek Southern and one at Southwest Portland Cement in Victorville on Cajon Pass.
  8. Stourbridge Lion

    Stourbridge Lion TrainBoard Supporter

    Just what the DR. order!

    :tb-cool: :tb-cool: :tb-cool: :tb-cool:​
  9. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

    My, what talent we have on this board. Very well done, Bob. Text and photos.
  10. alxmoss0609

    alxmoss0609 TrainBoard Member

    Your a poet and didnt even know it :D

    Good job!
  11. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

    EL bought SDP45's simply to accomodate the larger fuel tank on the longer frame. They apparently wanted to skip a fuel stop on one of their priority trains.
  12. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Ha ha ha! You're just having too much fun! :D :thumbs_up: Neat thread!

    Boxcab E50
  13. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    At the point of this consist
    Was an engine quite nifty,
    An ex-Conrail diseasel,
    Rebuilt SD50:


    After shooting this consist
    Toward the yard he did head,
    Spotting tracks full of hoppers,
    And a caboose painted red:


    This old rebuilt crummy,
    Lettered for L&A,
    Is now repainted & sits
    Along the main highway.

    With a granite memorial
    To those railroaders now gone,
    And the folks whose tradition
    This caboose carries on.

    When out in the yard
    There arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from my truck
    To see what was the matter

    When what to my viewfinder
    Should suddenly appear,
    (Nope, no little red sleigh
    Or 8 tiny reindeer),

    But something else was in view
    For this railfan to see
    For moving slow in the yard
    Was a Retro-Belle from GE!


    In bright red & yellow
    And a sweet Brunswick Green,
    Was the coolest-looking power
    That I have recently seen.

    A new KCS GEVO,
    Was switching out the yard
    With a butt-ugly SD!


    BNSF's H2 colors
    Are badly overrated,
    Especially when
    They're this badly faded.

    For the record, this here
    Is an SD70MAC,
    And at least it runs well,
    Even if it looks wack.

    But Santa had errands
    That he had to do,
    So back into his truck
    This fat old man flew.

    And away up the highway
    He sped (nope, no cops),
    And he had miles to go
    Before he could stop.

    For at the end of this road trip
    There was someone quite fond
    Of seeing dear Santa,
    A cute blue-eyed blonde.
  14. friscobob

    friscobob Staff Member

    He dropped off his presents
    For his children and then,
    He spent time with his grandchild
    Wishing it would not end.

    For the railfanning was fun,
    But it was not the reason
    He drove into Arkansas
    This holiday season.

    It was to spend time
    And spoil and love
    His little granddaughter,
    A gift from above.

    And to give away presents
    To my daughter & son,
    And talk nice with the ex-wife
    (which was actually fun).

    And with kisses from the baby
    (and a tear in his eye),
    Our hero got in his truck,
    And away he did fly.

    But we heard him exclaim
    Ere he drove away straight,
    "Have a very Merry Christmas,
    And blessed 2008!"
  15. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

    Simply priceless, Bob. Very well-executed! And nice poetry, to boot!
    Merry Christmas!

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