Thought a long time about the dirty little diesel (didn't need 'train') until I realised that what marked it out from the other two trains was the fact that it was so un-streamlined, so blunt and chopped off.
Eurostar of Gare du Nord from distant Paris
Gliding home to London under the sea
With a cargo of wine-sippers
Holiday makers, honeymooners
Claret, cognac and hot sweet tea.
East coast mainline coming from Kings Cross
Clipping through the Midlands by the rain soaked fields
With a cargo of businessmen,
Geordies, Scottish ladies,
Toasted sandwiches and cheap meal deals.
Dirty little diesel with a blunt front end
Batting up the line on a clear Jan day
With a cargo of shoppers, trippers,
Young mums, nippers,
Footie-watchers and waifs and strays.