There is a nostalgia for the railways. A longing for the past, of a bygone era when the railways dominated our landscapes and our transportation. On a visit to the National Railway Museum in York , I picked up these postcards (poster reproductions) for the cities of Durham, York and Whitley Bay
1. Durham LNER Poster (1923-1947). The artwork is by Fred Taylor (1875-1963); 2. York British Railways Poster (1950’s); 3. Whitley Bay British Railway Poster (1951). (All posters are held in the archives at the National Rail Museum).
From a Railway Carriage
Robert Louis Stevenson
Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches,
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.
Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and grazes;
And there is a green for stringing daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone for ever!