The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)
(With apologies to John Masefield).
I must go back to the friendly train, I'm tired of the service car;
And I long for a carriage seat again, Where safety and comforts are.
And all I ask is the porter's call, And the cheerful station bell, The guard's congenial “tickets all,” And I know I will travel well.
I must go back to the friendly train, For I love the gleaming rails,
And the travelling folk I used to know With their smoking-carriage tales.
And all I ask is a whistle clear, And the signal falling,
The engine's hiss, and a “through” express,
And a trip enthralling.