Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat by T. S. Eliot

There's a whisper down the line at 11.39 When the Night Mail's ready to depart, Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the...

Suggested by the Proposed Kendal and Windermere Railway by William Wordsworth

And is no nook of English ground secure From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown In youth, and ‘mid the busy world kept pure As when their...

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...

The Tay Bridge Disaster by William Topaz McGonagall

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay! Alas! I am very sorry to say That ninety lives have been taken away On the last Sabbath day of...

Harrow on the Hill by John Betjeman

When melancholy Autumn comes to Wembley And electric trains are lighted after tea The poplars near the Stadium are trembly With their tap and tap and whispering...

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

Yes, I remember Adlestrop – The name because one afternoon Of heat the express-train drew up there Unwontedly. It was late June. The steam hissed. Someone cleared his...

Song of a Train by John Davidson

A monster taught To come to hand Amain, As swift as thought Across the land The train. The song it sings Has an iron sound; Its iron wings Like wheels go round. Crash under...

Looe by Roland Egan

Bidderly-do, bidderly-do I'm on a train and I'm off to Looe Ra-ta-ta-tar, ra-ta-ta-tar, I'm going to visit my Grandmama. Tickety-tack, tickety-tack, Into a tunnel that's ever so black. A-rumpety-tum, a-rumpety-tum, I'm...

Saving A Train by William Topaz McGonagall

A poor old woman lived on the line of the Ohio Railway, Where the train passed near by night and day: She was a widow, with...

The Newport Railway by William Topaz McGonagall

Success to the Newport Railway, Along the braes of the Silvery Tay, And to Dundee straghtway, Across the Railway Bridge o' the Silvery Tay, Which was opened on...

A Mind’s Journey to Diss by John Betjemen

Dear Mary, Yes, it will be bliss To go with you by train to Diss, Your walking shoes upon your feet; We'll meet, my sweet, at Liverpool Street. That...

Sitting in a Siding by B. Burke

Sitting in a siding, with bugger-all to do the engine goes to sleep while we both admire the view. Sleepy summer morning, when nothing is heard save...

Arrival in Nottingham by Gerald England

The train trundles over the Beeston Canal with swans cruising up past barges parked townward into that long track-covered curve of ground Stops in the Goods Yard North for passengers to take stock of the...

Complaint to British Rail by Trevor Kneale

An engine banging in the night woke two sleepers side by side caused a coupling of their thighs and shunted forth another life!

The Express Train to London by Josie Whitehead

I'm ready to leave from my smart, modern station. There are hugs and kisses with friends and relations. There goes my bell and everyone's ready So I'll...