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!

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...

An Address To The New Tay Bridge by William Topaz McGonagall

Beautiful new railway bridge of the Silvery Tay, With your strong brick piers and buttresses in so grand array, And your thirteen central girders, which seem...

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...

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...

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...

The Railway Train by Emily Dickinson

I like to see it lap the miles, And lick the valleys up, And stop to feed itself at tanks; And then, prodigious, step Around a pile 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...

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...

Great Central Railway Sheffield Victoria to Banbury by John Betjeman

"Unmitigated England" Came swinging down the line That day the February sun Did crisp and crystal shine. Dark red at Kirkby Bentinck stood A steeply gabled farm 'Mid ash trees...

The Railway Junction by Walter de la Mare

From here through tunnelled gloom the track Forks into two; and one of these Wheels onward into darkening hills, And one toward distant seas. How still it is;...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay by William McGonagall

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay! With your numerous arches and pillars in so grand array And your central girders, which seem to the eye To...