Note: This web page is from my friend Jim Vail's web site. 
I thought it was pretty neat so I posted iton my own web site. 
Please visit Jim's web site when you get a chance!
This stuff is just another example of why railroading and railroaders are so special.

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Engine MBTA 1921                                                                   Photo By Norton D Clark

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This photo was given to me by Jay Marsden, my conductor on train #306.  This engine was named in honor of Jay's brother, Billy "Zeke" Marsden, who was also a conductor on the B&M and the Commuter Rail.  Zeke's son Billy is following in his fathers foot steps as a Commuter rail employee.  During there travels both Jay and Zeke became friends with singer Harry Chapin. Even though Harry is no longer with us, the Marsden's and Chapin's have remained close and Harry's brother Steve wrote this song in memory of Zeke and the 1921.

They Named an Engine After Me !

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They named an engine after me, it seems at last the world can see

That the long steel rails and the wooden ties

And the cars that roll through the lows and the highs

All ride on the backs of the little guys, they’re my railroad family.

They named an engine after me.

Like my father before me, I work the trains, it was always mine

And his father too, the spirit remains up and down the line.

No one can say I didn’t work it hard, every morning I’d kiss “Peachie”

And I’d head for the yard. I raised some hell, but I worked it well,

Now I hold the the winning card.

They named an engine after me, it seems at last the world can see

That the long steel rails and the wooden ties

And the cars that roll through the lows and the highs

All ride on the backs of the little guys, they’re my railroad family.

They named an engine after me.

Every time that I feel maybe my luck’s gone dry, I remember the fun.

I’ve taken my life, looked it straight in the eye, there’s things to be done.

There’s a time to bullshit and a time to boast,

There’s a time to savor what matters the most.

I’ve found my fame, you can see my name, up and down the Eastern coast.

They named an engine after me, it seems at last the world can see

That the long steel rails and the wooden ties

And the cars that roll through the lows and the highs

All ride on the backs of the little guys, they’re my railroad family.

They named an engine after me.

Got a brother - he’s younger, You all know Jay, the family card

Well he came by to see me, just the other day, we drove to the yard.

He laughed and handed me a bottle of champagne,

Everyone was with me when I christened my train.

I’m a railroad boy, you can’t believe the joy, that’s whistling through my brain.

They named an engine after me, it seems at last the world can see

That the long steel rails and the wooden ties

And the cars that roll through the lows and the highs

All ride on the backs of the little guys, they’re my railroad family.

They named an engine after me.

They’ve got engines named for presidents and senators and such

And all the famous people you can see and never touch.

But there’s a sixteen wheeler, and it’s gold and red and sleek

Number nineteen hundred and twenty-one, with my name on it - “Zeke.”

As the days roll on I’ve got nothing to fear

I’m safe with the friends that gathered here

And I’ve got my name on a heavenly train

That whips the weeds on the Boston & Maine.

And the longs steel rails and the wooden ties

And the cars that roll, through the lows and the highs

Will ride on the backs of the little guys,

They’re my railroad family,

And they named an engine after me.

 


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