Railway nostalgia

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).

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From a Railway Carriage
by
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!

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2 responses to “Railway nostalgia

  1. fantastic images.
    Yorks amazing.
    And i like this poem you put to it

  2. Thank you for leaving a comment.

    I have to agreed that York is completely amasing. And I just love poem, which replicates the sound of a train journey. All very evocative.

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