'Twas the Night Before Christmas
(This is about C.P.R. Smith's Falls train crews, Christmas 1991.)
'Twas the night before Christmas,
on the Smiths Falls Division
The trains they were running without supervision
for T.T.O'Driscoll was snug in his bed
and visions of golf clubs danced in his head.
Monty was working on big Christmas miles,
When there came to the station
with a clatter and clang
Three Forty-Two Hundreds that shuddered and banged.
A train for the Ramp, and Conductor Mc.Goo
The hogger, "Big Diesel", the trainman, "Tatoo",
And soon there would follow, ol' "Yippy" Blair
With "Killer" just braking, and wee Jake Leclair
With "Problem" and "J.J." and Miron to come.
There had to be Dead Heads on VIA for some.
But, "S.P." is coming and behind him was Hart
On big shining ALCO's even Poll couldn't start.
As the thoughts of a deadhead drifted away
There's a smile from Ray Perry and his mate "P.A."
Then it was "Hammer" his hogger Steve Hull
Ownie was braking, his stories weren't dull.
Yes, freight it was moving, this pre-Christmas night
And most of us thought, it just wasn't right
Yet this our job, and they are so few
So, Merry Christmas my mates, our Contract is due!