About This Live Project

Our project looks at the disused railway which used to run from Scarborough to Whitby. The line passes through urban, suburban and rural areas along its 22 mile length. At present it is successfully used as a recreational walking and cycling route aswell as by horse riders and even commuters as a traffic free means to get to work. 

Working with Scarborough council, Friends of the Old Railway and other groups and members of the public we hope to raise awareness of this fantastic resource, highlight areas of improvement and produce a strategic masterplan for its future development.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Night Mail

I've checked on the poem that I mentioned yesterday.  It forms part of a short film celebrating the mail train and was written by WH Auden, with accompanying music by Benjamin Britten.

The film clip can be readily downloaded from YouTube.  The full film (part 1, part 2, part 3) is about 23 minutes long and ends with the poem, but is definitely worth watching.

The words are available here and there is a wikipedia article that you might find interesting.

Apparently there was a second film, also a collaboration of  Auden and Britten, about the train line from London to Portsmouth, called 'The Way to the Sea'.  It would be worth finding out more about this.

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