Wednesday, July 18 2018

Published on May 17 2018. Opinions
An ode to the 0706
Where is the train?
You write:

An ode to the 0706

….on the occasion of the May 2018 timetable changes

Dear Sir

At six minutes past the seventh hour
Come rain, come shine, come hail shower,
A small green train arrived on time,
To take us on The Marshlink Line.
(Excepting days when our trips would be,
Disrupted by the RMT
Or when the ASLEF staff would fail
To work the day for Southern Rail
Also, when engineers were unable
To fix a dodgy braking cable
Or when those golden leaves would meet
To slip the wheels at steep Ham Street
Or crossing gates would fail once more,
And delay the train at Appledore.)
But now it’s gone! Not once more seen!
And we must catch the seven sixteen.
So – farewell train. And wish us well,
We still must face commuting hell.

Mike Anderson

Photo: Rye News library

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  1. Phil Law says:

    Excellent ode sir: love the golden leaves and Ham Street bit – very W H Auden …

  2. Paul Barker says:

    Great sums things up nicely thanks for support

  3. Jonnyb says:

    Hey, Mike. Don’t forget all those ‘new journey possibilities’ that Southern has generously created for you (as well as messing your life up).

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