THE MOORLAND TRAIN

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While I am on a roll with my railway poems, here is a re-post of my homage to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the man in black, Johnny Cash. And played with just a hint of slide guitar.

 

I hear the train guard’s whistle

The slamming of the doors

The fireman stokes the furnace

For the haul across the moors;

The driver lets some steam off

And sees the train guard’s flag

Then gets those big wheels turning

For the Goathland Drag.

 

You’re leaning from the window

As the platform eases by

There’s thunder ringing in your ears

There’s cinder in your eye;

The sun beats down from Heaven

The clouds then burst with rain;

You’ll witness all four seasons

As you ride the Moorland Train.

 

You smell the smoke and oil

You close your eyes and then

Forget the years of passage

And your twelve years old again;

The sun beats down from Heaven

The clouds then burst with rain;

You’ll witness all four seasons

As you ride the Moorland Train.

 

She’s heaving up the incline

Just hear those pistons sing

We’re due next stop in Goathland

Then on to Pickering;

The sun beats down from Heaven

The clouds then burst with rain;

You’ll witness all four seasons

As you ride the Moorland Train.

◄ THE PLATES OF SANDWICHES

COTTAGE SLEAZE ►

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kJ Walker

Sun 24th Jan 2021 10:35

Nice one John
I don't think I've heard this one before, either on here or well spoken.

I did like your other train one (where it starts slow builds up then slows down again)

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John Coopey

Sat 23rd Jan 2021 23:14

Thanks for your thoughts, Stephen and MC. I've always liked this one myself. I was prompted to re-post it from watching the current "Yorkshire Steam Railway" series on Channel 5.
And thanks for the Likes, Holden and Branwell.

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M.C. Newberry

Sat 23rd Jan 2021 17:20

Great fun - from the point of view of a train spotter in my childhood
plus my admiration of Johnny Cash - who, with Frank Sinatra, was
the best of his kind IMHO. I was also watching a TV programme
last night (Friday) from "Great Scenic Railway Journeys" which
followed the luxury "Northern Belle (headed by "Princess Elizabeth")
on its round 200-mile trip from Preston via Settle - through the
beautiful scenery of Cumbria and the Dales in weather that your
described journey would know all about.

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 23rd Jan 2021 16:46

A good one, John. Close your eyes and you're there.

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John Coopey

Thu 21st Jan 2021 22:37

You're right about the music of trains, Philipos. They also have their own mesmeric scent. If I could bottle that mix of smoke, oil and steam I could be a millionaire.
And thanks for the Likes, Julie, Stephen and Aviva and Dean.

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Philipos

Thu 21st Jan 2021 22:24


Trains make their own kind of music John.

When I was on a long visit to South Africa some years ago I had one of my poems published in an enthusiast's magazine.

However, I did enjoy your Johnny Cash rendition especially.

P

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