NOT DONE SO MUCH ANYMORE BUT IS SOME—GENERALLY THE PERSON THESE DAYS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT PARTICULAR RAILROAD.
THE NAMING OF
In South Africa, engineers
Kept nameplates honoring their dears…
A wife or a daughter
On an engine thus altered
Temporarily, not officially cleared.
The practice of naming for wife
Or daughter in a railroad life…
Came from the time
When engines on line,
Were assigned a crew for its life.
Spit polished domes were common,
Decorated like the Temple of Solomon…
On special occasions
Like a train for the Masons,
Or for any other special train run!
Locomotive naming rights
No longer engineer’s lights…
By corporate, for a star,
Or somebody whose achievements were just right.
Naming locomotives in America is rare,
But it happens on lines here and there…
For a favorite railroad fan
Or a president’s life span,
Or a city whose spirit the railroad wants to share.
Winston Churchill is a favorite bloke,
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