During fog or falling snow…

When reading a railway Rule Book you will frequently come across the phrase “in fog or falling snow” as both impede visibility and therefore create a potential danger to railway operations.

The work train is meant to be recovering rails from the dismantled San Pedro branch, it’s not foggy, or snowing, but the maintenance of way crew are nowhere to be seen. It is raining, in fact it is chucking it down.

During fog or falling snow,
To the cabin we should go.
If, perchance, it should rain,
To the cabin once again.

I was tidying up in the garage, OK, I was moving the mess around in the garage, when the heavens opened. Star came scuttling in from the garden and the sound of the rain on the flat roof reminded me of the poem told to me by an old railwayman many years ago.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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