Night Mail

Peter.my husband, had liked steam trains very much. Here in NSW we have still a few steam trains going for special axcursions!
For the last twenty years or so of his working life, Peter did jobs as a station master for the NSW Railway.

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I’ve been thinking about trains a lot in the last couple of days. Not sure if it’s because of the ongoing strikes and pay disputes or something deeper, but that, along with watching a TV programme last night on how train carriages and the driver’s cabs are created, has put me in mind of the famous poem by W H Auden, “Night Mail”.

My dad has always been fascinated by steam trains, and as children, he would often take me and my brothers to places like Dinting, where we could feast our eyes – and noses – on the sights and smells of a proper steam railway.

When I got married, I was fortunate enough to marry a man who loved steam trains just as much as my Dad, and so it was no surprise that our children developed (or inherited) a love of them too. I remember one holiday…

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  1. W.H. Auden’s poem, Night Mail, performed by Benjamin Britten. Taken from Night Mail, documentary, The flagship of the GPO Film Unit’s output and a cornerstone of British documentary. Directed by Harry Watt and Basil Wright, 1936.

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