Poetry please!

National Railway Museum blog

On National Poetry Day (7 October), Search Engine launched a competition to find the next budding railway poet. Whether it’s the rhythm, the romance, the frustration or the majesty, there’s something about railways that has always inspired people to put pen to paper and compose.

So I thought I’d use this opportunity to share with you the variety of poems and related archival material that we have in the collection. We’ve got poems by passengers, by railwaymen and by the railway companies themselves. We’ve got nostalgic poems, humorous and satirical poems, poems that mark an occasion – plus let’s not forget the lyrical poems, songs and ballads that have all used railways as their muse.

Here’s a selection of the type of poetry that we have and that you can read and enjoy in Search Engine.

Poetry anthologies

Top-left is Railway rhymes, edited by Peter Ashley and…

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