Pulling away from Sheringham station a coastal panorama unfolds of flowering gorse and
sparkling cerulean blue sea,
the metallic double clunk of the vintage ruby red and black Tyler token system issuing the
single line track token key,
reminiscent of a Monet painting, a profusion of wild scarlet red flowering poppies embroider
a field of ripening wheat,
a B12 locomotive in LNER apple green waiting for guard to blow the whistle, radiating a
shimmering wave of heat.
The columns of small bold black print advertising train’s arrivals and departures on the
yellowing Victorian timetable,
attached with cream string on a large chestnut brown old fashioned leather suitcase, a
handwritten cursive label,
glamorous Art Deco railway posters advertise national holiday locations printed in colours
vibrant and bold,
passing through heathland, a locomotive discharges billowing clouds of white smoke which
follow the train on a day frosty and cold.
The Black Prince 9F stationary at horizontal red and white track signals, striking and
workmanlike in glossy black,
the nostalgic sound of a musical steam whistle carried on transient light wind travels a
mile down the track,
the rich golden brown wooden elegance of restored Gresley Quad-Art carriages, pure
encased in a trackside emerald green and cream glass multi-paned signal box, long levers
made of polished brass.
Waiting at Kelling’s woodland train halt, enjoying the slumbering autumn colours of amber,
green and burnished red,
a colourful contrast to the muted pewter grey stone ballast and dark oak sleepers of the
linear track bed.
the footbridge at ‘The Poppy Line’s’ beautifully preserved station at Weybourne offers
glorious views of windmill and sea,
whenever I see a steam train making it’s way along the track or hear a distant whistle,
you are always there, close to me.
In loving memory of Justin Farthing 1929 – 2107
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