Merry Christmas dear friends, 'tis the start of admiration of this "poem."
It's a picture expertly painted. Its content replicates some of the Christmas Eve trips....trying to get everyone safely where they aren't but wanna' be....seeing the lights and trees and decorations from quick glances to the side of the engine....its accurate and appropriate use of "railroad speak" slanguage and situations.....
Christmas Eve....called for an, OARV, my wife saying that they told you you wouldn't be called....and I took the call.
Deadheaded back from Roseville in time for dinner with the FAMILY.
At the end of 1971, before I shipped out for full USAF duty, I celebrated what would my last "stateside" Christmas for a couple of years to come with friends in Phoenix. One of them was very clever and had re-written Clement Moore's "The Night Before Christmas"
I remember the first line.
"On the first day of Amtrak, John Volpe gave to me,
A broken down Rock Island RDC"
Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays everyone !!