Report on the Condition of Locomotive #7
DESCRIPTION: "Thunder Lake Lumber Company, Rhinelander, Wisconsin" has an englne so bad that "the cylinders are oval where they ought to be round." Heating her up meant "every seam leaked and at every spot." But "she's a d-- good engine for the shape she's in."
AUTHOR: attirbuted to "'George Smith,' Engineer"
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (Gard/Sorden)
KEYWORDS: railroading humorous derivative
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Robert E. Gard and L. G. Sorden, _Wisconsin Lore: Antics and Anecdotes of Wisconsin People and Places_, Wisconsin House, 1962, pp. 90-91, "Report on the Condition of Locomotive #7" (1 text)
NOTES: Most of this can be sung to the tune of "Casey Jones," which I assume was the source. The first two lines, about the Thunder Lake company, may have been a patch-on to an earlier song (and might be the only contribution of the anonymous "George Smith" to whom Gard/Sodern attribute the piece). - RBW
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