Model trains form reality,
In the minds of those who see…
Limits to functionality!
The prototype diesel-electric,
ALCO RS-1 is expected…
Weighs many ton
Is smoky when run,
And it’s price…well, that’s copacetic!
The model is a certain scale,
Reduced from the full-sized on rails…
Large scales may run
Like the real one,
For most–electric motors prevail!
What they’re made of–not the same–
Real work versus a game…
Heavy metals versus plastic
Although the smaller mimics the name!
The author’s favorite diesel-electric train locomotive is the ALCO RS-1—and his favorite railroad is (among others) the New Haven.