Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

25137+25127_Swindon_1981
25137 and 25127 Await Their Fate

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A pawl of smoke

A funereal shroud

For those who once

Worked hard and proud

No more passengers

or freight to haul

Just the muted silence

Of the graveyard

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A peaceful rest then

For a few more weeks

Before the cutters torch

With its burning finality

Then nothing

But the greying photographs

And my ageing memories

A past put to bed

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08357_Swindon_1981
The End of Days For 08357

Poem by Martin Addison, 14/01/2012.

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69 Comments

    1. Thanks aRVee – appreciate you dropping by. Had a listen to a couple you music selections just now – I guess that Lifehouse track is peaceful too 🙂

  1. What wonderfully creative entries to the ‘peaceful’ challenge, sir!
    Very powerful imagery, too… you’ve really captured the passage of time…
    and a true sense of history / the ephemeral….
    Love these, Martin!
    🙂

    1. Hi NN – I’m pleased to report that some members of each of the classes shown in the photos have been preserved and can be enjoyed by future generations. Some class 08’s remain in daily service on our rail network. 🙂

  2. Now, that’s a real curveball you’ve thrown, Martin! The first picture actually looks like a scene from a disaster movie until I got to your poem. It challenged me to think about the word peaceful looking at that photo for a couple of seconds. Brilliant stuff!

    1. Thank you COR – I do like to bowl a googly from time to time, to express it in Cricket parlance 🙂 I can remember that works visit quite well – it was quiet out there among the dead locos, apart from the occasional crackle from the fire.

  3. Very impressive (both poem and picture). At first I thought the pictured depicted the aftermath of a crash, but your poem described the scenario perfectly. Well done.

    1. Thank You – I have heard that the immediate moments following an accident are very quiet, though I suspect that is in relative terms to the noise of the accident itself. You’re not the first person to initially feel that this was the aftermath of a disaster 🙂

  4. they have uttered their last chuff hope thats not rude lol i used to watch the steam trains from my grans window she lived right next to darlington station so it was a real treat except the smoke usedto ruin her washing but loved the noise great post xxjen

  5. In a way it saddens me that the end is near for this facility .So much memories, so much stories, so much roads travelled …but then it will be followed by peace, a peace that all of us yearned to have. Wonderful photos my friend.Thanks for today’s wonderful inspiration.

  6. Nice take on the theme, Martin! I was trying to figure out initially where “peaceful” is on the first picture ‘coz I thought it was a train crash or something. But then I got your point after reading your poem, and seeing your other picture. Excellent!!!!

    1. Thank you so much Tony – I write what I feel and it doesn’t always rhyme but hopefully I got across my sense of loss at these old stagers going to the torch. It often feels like the loss of an old friend for me.

    1. Hi Orples – yes, I wrote the poem (but forgot to put the usual disclaimer at the bottom!), so thank you for your kind comment 🙂

      Authorship now added 😉

    1. Possibly Gilly – I feel the death of machines, but many other people don’t. To me they have a soul – possibly grown out of the people who built them. I’ll have to read your post on the subject 🙂

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