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It's the nature of the beast for railroaders to have something of a dry wit.

Case in point: While at the Arkansas and Missouri museum on Tuesday, I heard loud clunks from the right of way.  It transpired that several rotting ties were being replaced with the help of a half-sized excavator (nee' steam shovel back in the day).  So, I watched the process of one tie being splintered and a new one shoved in place.

Stepping into the gift shop/ticket office,  I proclaimed, "I have witnessed the battle primeval!  Man and machine versus a rotten piece of wood!"

Coworker:  "And the wood's winning, right?"

I had to concede the point. 


Last edited by M. Mitchell Marmel
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