Steam Trains

A restored locomotive, resplendent in burgundy stands stationary and proud,
on a prodigious circular turntable,
the intricate decoratively cut diamonds and curved wooden pattern of the station’s,
 painted chestnut brown gable,
waiting at a small woodland train halt, enjoying the slumbering autumn colours,
of amber, green and burnished red,
a welcome colourful contrast to the muted light pewter grey stone ballast,
of the crushed rock track bed.

The elegant striped coffee brown and vintage cream livery of Pullman carriages,
pure decadence class,
encased in a trackside’s emerald green and cream glass multi-paned signalbox,
long metal levers made of highly polished brass,
the decorative criss cross diamond design above the embellished curving arch,
of a painted wrought iron bridge,
a red and white ‘STOP’ sign among a rich carpet of purple flowering heather,
on a windswept moorland ridge.

The equidistant bold black print advertising train’s arrivals and departures,
of the yellowing Victorian timetable,
a compact brown old fashioned leather suitcase, attached with brown string,
a handwritten cursive label,
glamorous large Art Deco railway posters advertise national holiday locations,
printed in colours vibrant and bold,
a coal blackened train chimney discharges billowing clouds of white smoke,
which follows the train on a day frosty and cold.

A Pannier Tank engine patiently waits at horizontal red and white track signals,
sturdy and workmanlike in black,
the evocative sound of a musical steam whistle carried on transient light wind,
travels a mile down the track,

the distinctive smell of coal smoke, the “chuff “as a train pulls away from the station,
all that you loved so dear,
whenever I see the splendour of a steam train making it’s way along the track,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.

A much loved husband and father James Farthing 1940 -2017

A poem can express innermost emotions after the loss of a loved one or friend.

My poetry is written to be gently uplifting and evocative, reminding the reader or listeners of the loved one or friend’s love of steam trains.

My poems have been very well recieved at both church and crematorium services, adding a very personal accolade.


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