Further Station Names…

Here’s a little more testing of the ‘Station-Sign’ project, now with lower case letter forms.  We’re thinking of calling this one Beeching

Here are two small puzzles for our readers:

  1. The names in this sampler are all railway station names.  Just what do they have in common?  We can offer two clues here…the list is incomplete as presented but there are no gaps as far as it goes and a couple of the names have been altered to match reality.  Any ideas anyone?
  2. Why are we thinking of naming this design Beeching?  Answering the first question may of course help with the second…


4 thoughts on “Further Station Names…

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  2. Hmmm , list of stations…. Beeching…. Oh Dr Beeching !
    All closed stations I take it. Matbe some victims of the Beeching Axe in the 60’s

    • Fred, along th right lines, but there’s a little more to it…

      They’re actually the stations from the first couple of verses of Flanders and Swann’s song “The Slow Train”, written as a lament for the stations Dr Beeching was closing. That said, there are couple tricky things- Flanders and Swann took liberties with a couple of the names to suit their verses, and I’ve corrected those here. Also, the song was written from a list of stations being considered for closure and a few in there didn’t close in the final outcome, a few more have since reopened. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Train

      This is Flanders and Swann’s only ‘non-comedy’ song, but the words have a certain charm:

      Millers Dale for Tideswell
      Kirby Muxloe
      Mow Cop and Scholar Green

      No more will I go to Blandford Forum and Mortiehow,
      On the slow train from Midsummer Norton and Mumby Row,
      No churns, no porter,
      No cat on a seat,
      At Chorlton-cum-Hardy and Chester-le-Street
      We won’t be meeting again on the slow train.

      I’ll travel no more from Littleton Badsey to Openshaw,
      At Long Stanton I’ll stand well clear of the doors no more,
      No whitewashed pebbles,
      No up and no down,
      From Thornby Four Crosses to Dunstable Town,
      I won’t be going again on the slow train.

      On the main line and the goods siding,
      The grass grows high,
      At Dog Dyke, Tumby Woodside, and Troublehouse Halt.
      The sleepers sleep at Audlem and Ambergate,
      No passenger waits on Chittening platform of Cheslyn Hay,
      No-one departs, no-one arrives,
      From Selby to Goole,
      From St. Erth to St. Ives,
      They all passed out of our lives,
      On the slow train,
      On the slow train.
      Cockermouth for Buttermere
      On the slow train.
      Armly Moor Arram
      Pye Hill and Somercotes
      On the slow train.
      Windmill End…..

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