O & W

Steven Skollar
Steven Skollar


“The festival is a commemoration of an event that happened in September of 1955, when a freight train carrying some Nestle chocolate products passing through Hamilton derailed in the town,” Pangallo said. “Nobody was injured, but the word quickly spread around the village that a train carrying a substantial quantity of chocolates had derailed. The children descended on the unexpected bounty and availed themselves of it.”


The O & W 

Steven Skollar


 In the fall of "55

A legend born went on to thrive

Fifty Six years ago today

So listen close to what I say

The mem'ry sweet the story true

The wreck of the O and W


On a curve behind Club Ed

A switch not thrown somebody said

I could not believe what I was seeing

As the train let out a scream

A childhood dream about to come true

The wreck of the O and W


Tons of metal through the air

Dumbfounded crew could only stare

A boxcar filled with chocolate bars

Now covered the tracks, thick as tar

So whats a kid supposed to do

At the wreck of the O and W


 The diesel sighed as if it was tired

Engineer cried I'm gonna get fired

Switchman crazy waving their flags

At scrambling kids filling their bags 

down  our throats that chocolate flew

Halloween  on the O and W


Old coal trestle on the spot

  bits of old tracks covered in rot

Long ago this flying train

Soared through air in a cocoa rain

A chocolate dream of mine came true

The wreck of the O and W



 Trains are toys now if you please

On tiny tracks 'round Christmas trees

The endless rails still shine in the sun

Time grown like weeds 'tween the rungs

A fleeting glimpse of what we once knew

End of  O and W

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