Skip to main content

Careless Jones, A Parody For Rail Buffs

December 2023
1min read

Scene: The New York, New Haven & Hartford roundhouse at Hartford, Connecticut

Time: Early Saturday morning, July 8, 1905
Enter a group of engine hostlers

1ST HOSTLER. Come, all you roundhousemen, I want you to hear The story told of a dumb engineer; Careless Jones was the bounder’s name, On the New York-Hartford run he rode to fame.

CHORUS. Careless Jones—dismounted from his cabin; Careless Jones—left the boiler full of steam; Careless Jones—forgot to throw the brake in, And the engine almost plunged into the flowing stream.

Exeunt omnes, steaming.

We hope you enjoy our work.

Please support this 72-year tradition of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.