The other day I went down to Paddington Station in West London to collect an aged relative. On my way to spend 30p at the conveniences I looked up at the roof of this ancient monument to mass transit solutions. It led me to wonder what lay in store for rail travel in the future and which of our present customs would remain…
Will there still be antique stations,
when trains are supersonic?
Will platforms remain the same,
some arrival times still chronic?
Will the guard still blow a whistle,
even though trains automatic?
Will we alight in London,
next stop the Adriatic?
Will commuters pack like sardines,
on their way to Town?
Or will the work come to them,
still in their dressing gown!
Will it still hold a child’s wonder,
an open-mouth gasping stare,
I hope it’s still spectacular,
even though I won’t be there!
I consider myself very fortunate that I walk to work and don’t squeeze into a over-full carriage with other city-bound commuters. So for me the excitement of a train journey remains something special and reassuring in this ever-changing world.
© Baldock Bard 2016
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