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Accidents Poetry Transport Travel

Mind the Gap

#Fowc #Gap

Mind the gap - platform sign

The warning signs tell you

Mind the gap

but to some

it seems an elaborate trap

for all those important

seem to step over line

the message isn’t for them

to them – all is fine

but you find yourself making

an emergency call

as one ignores the gap

and one of them falls

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Toys Tradition

In miniature

Miniature

inside the toy store

the five fifteen from coniston

is about to arrive

sailing through tunnels in mountains

expertly created

by the big jobs

as the townsfolk stand frozen in time

anchored into a scene that will stay forever

(or until the model-maker returns)

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Home Photography Time Transport Travel

Clockface

In response to Numbers

Numbers are everywhere, but as the arbiter of time they’re most important

The Day ends and begins at Midnight – with one day putting its coat on and heading for the line of time in history whilst another gets ready to turn the sun in four or five hours time.

And all the time the Moon looks on.

The Second hand moves 60 times to make the minute hand move once, the Minute hand moves 60 times to move the hour hand once and the hour hand has to go round 24 points of the clock to make it through a day.

7 of those to go through for a week

4 Weeks make a month and 52 weeks make a year

So much to do, so much to hear, so much to see – plenty to get through

The Numbers are used to plan the day.  The clock goes round from 12 midnight to 12 noon and 12 mid after all if you sent all the trains to be in the city centre at one time in the day – you would never get moving – that’s why the planners in the offices use the numbers

Measuring out the day so each train gets to the station at one particular time

So each train reaches its stop at 8 seconds, 15 seconds or 22 seconds past the hour.

And we can’t have Sally missing her Half past eight bus now – she’s got to be in school by nine…

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Engine Rail Transport Travel

The Train Set

The train was never late,
not in our town.
Track fixed on a surface, brown.

Two lines with sidings
and stations along the way
Three clockwork engines
with wagons to play

Going down two tracks
from east to the west
passing through bridges
built by the best

And Engine made sound,
like the locos of the past
built by a craftsman,
you knew it would last

As you pulled all your cargo,
from city to th’sea
till mum or dad called up
it’s time for your tea!