NAMING RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVES

NOT DONE SO MUCH ANYMORE BUT IS SOME—GENERALLY THE PERSON THESE DAYS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THAT PARTICULAR RAILROAD.

OUR POETRY CORNER

THE NAMING OF

RAILROAD LOCOMOTIVES

 

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…

Frequently are

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,

His…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.
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