NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY
(Nothing on the page but a Nine Freight in performance)
Slowly - ever so slowly - inching on our way;
Destination Whitby, vivid Autumn day.
Scenery magnificent, weather matching too,
Clouds of alto cirrus, sky of china blue.
Picking up momentum now, further down the line,
Engine snorting like a mare in steady 4/4 time.
Leaning from a window, moorland coasting by,
Nigel Gresley out in front, cinder in your eye.
Stopping every now and then gives us chance to see
Railway architecture preserved so carefully.
Enthusiasts and visitors milling on the station
Enjoying all the spectacle in wondrous fascination.
A chance to get a close-up as it is Whitby-bound
Drinking the intoxicant heady smells and sound.
Hissing steam and choking smoke combined with pungent oil
A living beast of burden, easy with its toil.
Excitement on the platform doubles in the ranks
The downtrain is arriving and is pulled by saddle tanks.
The livery of coaches maintains this classic theme,
With carriages resplendent in crimson and in cream.
Calling off at Levisham, Heartbeat’s Goathland too,
Through Grosmont, Sleights and Ruswarp, to Whitby we are due.
Mystical, historical, town of jet and sailors
Captain Cook and Dracula, fleets of Whitby whalers.
Slowing by the estuary, hiss of pistons sing
To River Esk in Whitby from Beck in Pickering.
Anticipate arriving, outward journey done,
And pleasant realisation that the homeward trip’s to come.