The Pennsylvania Dragon

I grew up in the generation of Steam Trains. I was in awe of the power those engines produced as we sat and watch them go by. This poem is a tribute to the trains of my childhood that I loved so well.

The Pennsylvania Dragon

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Steel wheels keep on turning

Keeping rhythm perfect time

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Hauling coke from the ovens

Hauling coal from the mines

*

Down along the winding river

Monongahela was its name

Comes the “Pennsylvania Dragon”

Belching smoke & shooting flames

Making the Grade - train

Engines 29’s a coming

See the light and hear the steam

As she passes Martin crossing

 You can hear that whistle scream

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Whistle blowing at the crossing

Black smoke pouring from her stack

On to Pittsburgh she’ll be rolling

Tomorrow she’ll be coming back

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Counting coal cars as she passes

 Waving to the engineer

100 cars hauling heavy

 Red caboose at the rear

*

Now the trains of my childhood

 Are all silent lost in time

And those “Pufferbilly Dragons”

 Are just memories on my mind

 

Down along the winding river

 No more smoke or shooting flames

Just the rumble of the diesel

 …but it’s just not quite the same

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All paintings done by Dwight L. Roth

Paintings enhanced for effect.

 

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