THE BALLAD OF OLD NUMBER 6


| January/February 1964



Mt. Union, Iowa

This poem was written by Marshall Thayer of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. The engine of which he wrote was in the July-August 1963 issue, page 29.

In eighteen hundred ninety-one
They stoked the first wood fire
In a Baldwin engine, trim and proud,
That bore the name 'Maria'.

To the TripleS she went that year,
A short line, slim gauge feeder.
She went to work with no one knowing
Just how much they'd need her.

One day, a forest fire broke out,
Blazing like the sun.
The town was threatened, people fled,
Maria made the run.

Through the flame and through the
smoke,
Paint blistering on her boiler,
Maria pulled her passengers,
The little Baldwin toiler.