Trains are my preferred way to travel since I was a child. There is a meditative quality about the clatter of wheels turning on the railroad track, the intermittent sound of the whistles and bells, and the rolling landscape of trees, rivers, and small villages gliding by the large windows. I agree with Edna St. Vincent Millay when she wrote, “there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take, No matter where it’s going.”
You are invited to board the North Yorkshire Moors train, where steam engine # 76079 will take us on the line between Grosmont and Pickering. Tea will be served and I promise you that we will have a stimulating conversation as we go along. We can recite Edna’s poem “Travel” together as we go along.
Edna St. Vincent Millay – 1892-1950
The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn’t a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.
All night there isn’t a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming,
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.
My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing;
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society is dedicated to railway conservation. A not-for-profit organization, it is run by volunteers.
“In June 1967 a small group of local people formed the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Preservation Society. Its members were convinced that operating the line between Grosmont and Pickering could be viable if sufficient voluntary help was forthcoming. From one person in 1972 the numbers have grown with over 550 volunteers.”