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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)

Romance at Bay

Romance at Bay.

“As a matter of fact, one reason why railway traffic is safer than motoring,” said Mr. R. Day (Traffic Inspector at New Plymouth), “is that the enginedriver does not go along with one arm round the fireman,” reports the Eltham Argus, which proceeds to paint a moral, something like this:—

When the westward sinking sungod
With his wheel the ocean skimmeth,
The evening train sets off with speed
From Eltham to New Plymouth.
When the lark, the evening choirman,
Sounds the curfew of the day,
Does the driver kiss the fireman
While the sleepers slide away?
Do they pause to pass endearments
And indulge in senseless kissing?
Do they interchange their spearmints
And forget the tablet's missing?
Do they linger by the wayside
Like the motorists at play?
Do they mix work with the gay side?
“Not at all!” says Mister Day.