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Fourth Street Switch Tender
I recall my first day at 4th Street
With the tower at US on my back.
From the speaker they squawked out orders
on how I should line the track.
A helper’s drift’n down from Milo
and something about St. Clair,
What the heck’s a “Burt Line”?
I’m about to pull out all my hair!
Pan Handle trains are Pennsy
But B&O shares the same line
N&W comes east on the CA&C
Was this seriously done by design?
Third Street, High Street and Spruce Street
and the Little Miami yard
The loco shops at 20th Street,
This can’t really be that hard.
Can’t stop these drags from moving
God forgive a varnish be held.
Should I run number 30 into “Yard B”.
I’ll be teachin’ folks how to cold weld.
Olentangy announces an eastbound
Was it a yellow or green flag I used?
The more I thought the dumber I got
This puzzle switch has me confused.
So long to Dennison, Fields and Azo
and Neilston somewhere between
My trick is through and I walk away
From the darnedest thing I’ve ever seen!
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